Public Speaking for Psychologists: A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself
Public speaking is one of the most common fears. Few people look forward to talking in front of others and even fewer do it as effectively as they could. A career in psychology and its related fields involves extensive public speaking, so you will need to learn to do it well. With time and practice, you too can become a confident and effective presenter.
Public Speaking for Psychologists is a practical and lighthearted guide to planning, designing, and delivering a presentation. The first half of the book covers the nuts-and-bolts of public speaking: preparing a talk, submitting an abstract, developing your slides, managing anxiety, handling questions, and preventing public-speaking disasters. The second half applies these tips to common presentations, such as research talks, poster presentations, job talks, and talks to lay audiences. Throughout the book, the authors—both experienced presenters—offer realistic advice, useful tips, and humorous stories of embarrassing mistakes they'll never make again.
I. General Principles of Public Speaking
- Speaking (and Stammering) About Psychology
- The First Commandment of Public Speaking: Know Thine Audience
- Preparing and Delivering Your Talk
- Answering Questions
- Managing Anxiety
- When Disaster Strikes: Handling Problems With Humor and Grace
II. Help With Specific Presentations
- Research Talks
- Poster Presentations
- Job Talks
- Presentations for Lay Audiences
About the Authors
David B. Feldman, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. His research addresses such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of trauma, serious medical illness, and other highly stressful circumstances. He is a coauthor of The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting With and Caring for a Dying Loved One and has published and spoken widely on the psychological aspects of chronic and terminal illness.
Paul J. Silvia, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research explores the psychology of emotion, particularly the emotion of interest and its role in aesthetic experience. He won the Berlyne Award, an early-career award given by American Psychological Association Division 10 (Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts) for his research on the psychology of art and creativity. He recently wrote the books How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide To Productive Academic Writing and Exploring the Psychology of Interest.