The Craft of Scientific Presentations: a book review


The Craft of Scientific Presentations by Michael Alley

Having recently discussed scientific presentations, it’s worth mentioning The Craft of Scientific Presentations by Michael Alley. This is, in my view, one of the best books on the subject. Alley has also written a companion volume on scientific writing, and made available a website with resources on presentations.

Alley’s book provides excellent examples (both positive and negative), a useful checklist for presentations, and a helpful assertion/evidence structure for slides. The book also works through ten “critical errors”:

  1. Giving the Wrong Speech
  2. Drawing Words from the Wrong Well
  3. Leaving the Audience at the Dock
  4. Losing the Audience at Sea
  5. Projecting Slides That No One Reads
  6. Projecting Slides That No One Remembers
  7. Ignoring Murphy’s Law
  8. Not Preparing Enough
  9. Not Paying Attention
  10. Losing Composure

Overall, this book is one that every scientist should probably read.

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The Craft of Scientific Presentations by Michael Alley: 4 stars

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