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Presentation skills

This book aims to help readers make the most of their presentation opportunities. Although it is not specifically targeted at healthcare professionals, it may be of particular use to nursing and midwifery leaders and those who are making presentations to senior managers, colleagues and wider public audiences. Certain skills discussed may equally be of interest to researches, for example, when preparing for presentations funding bodies or research conferences.

The two Australian authors are lecturers at Queensland University where one is an actor teacher and administrator, and the other is a senior lecturer with a PhD in organisational communication. The book is clearly presented and addresses the reader personally. It has 13 chapters which deal with various aspects of presenting and selling ideas, including a chapter on developing leadership through speaking. The chapters are summarised and the skills learned from each one are then available to be added to the reader’s ‘kitbag’ of success strategies.

Specific chapters cover the basic tenets of presenting, with some useful advice to both experienced and novice speakers on the preparation of presentations. Tips on how to structure sessions in a persuasive manner are given with furnishes readers with more practical advice on the art of public speaking itself.

Other chapters are dedicated to the use of non-verbal language and the importance of one’s

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The two Australian authors are lecturers at Queensland University where one is an actor teacher and administrator, and the other is a senior lecturer with a PhD in organisational communication. The book is clearly presented and addresses the reader personally. It has 13 chapters which deal with various aspects of presenting and selling ideas, including a chapter on developing leadership through speaking. The chapters are summarised and the skills learned from each one are then available to be added to the reader’s ‘kitbag’ of success strategies.

Specific chapters cover the basic tenets of presenting, with some useful advice to both experienced and novice speakers on the preparation of presentations. Tips on how to structure sessions in a persuasive manner are given with furnishes readers with more practical advice on the art of public speaking itself.

Other chapters are dedicated to the use of non-verbal language and the importance of one’s appearance and deportment. There is also a chapter about the discerning use of technology, which can either make or detract from a speaker’s performance.

For more high-profile speakers, advice on handling the media and being interviewed is given. The use of language is also addressed within the context of speaking across cultures to international audiences and there is a section on working with translators. Some of the cultural differences to consider on such occasions related to the different interpretations of tone or volume of the voice and body language are also highlighted.

The book’s range of persuasive strategies comes in interesting sections including short examples and case studies – some of which are based upon contemporary political scenarios and others on highly successful managers approaches to marketing. This book would certainly be of use to readers with remit to make a powerful presentation and desire to win an audience over.

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