Public Speaking, Presenting & Interviewing

Delivering a Presentation, Interviewing & Communicating Effectively

A Student's Guide to Presentations: Making Your Presentation Count
Chivers, Barbara, and Michael Shoolbred

Book cover of A Student's Guide to Presentations: Making Your Presentation CountA detailed guide to the preparation and delivery of both individual and group presentations: understanding the elements of engaged and effective presentations, developing content and structure, designing presentation slides (and audio-visual aids and handouts). The book includes a chapter on presenting as part of the interview process.

How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job!): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work, and Life
Klassen, Thomas R., and John Dwyer

Book cover of How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job!): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work, and LifeTeamwork, meeting deadlines, overcoming challenges, solving problems, writing and presenting well, and dealing with people are essential in any professional job. These same skills are also vital to becoming a strong student. This practical guide shows you how to master the critical skills and strategies for success at school, work, and in life. Also includes advice on managing your online presence and personal brand on social media, adapting to changing circumstances, developing positive attitudes, learning to network, and dealing with the transition from university to the workplace. 

Well Said! Presentations and Conversations that Get Results
Price, Darlene

Book cover of Well Said! Presentations and Conversations that Get ResultsThe book advises readers on how to put themselves in their audience’s shoes and tailor their message to the needs of decision makers through effective and persuasive communication. Advice on persuading a decision maker, mastering a confident and engaging delivery style, speaking with the voice of authority, conveying a professional image through dress and appearance, facilitating meetings, writing persuasive email messages, and other topics.

Speaking Professionally: Influence, Power, and Responsibility at the Podium
Zaremba, Alan Jay

Book cover of Speaking Professionally: Influence, Power, and Responsibility at the PodiumThis concise guide is a rich resource for anyone who wants to become more effective in speaking settings. It identifies essential principles that will help readers to efficiently prepare, deliver, and evaluate presentations. Includes advice on overcoming presentation anxiety, structure the message and content of a presentation, crafting persuasive messages, understanding the verbal and nonverbal aspects of delivery, transitioning within and concluding a presentation, and administering question-and-answer sessions.

Participating in Class Discussions

Tips for Participating in Class Discussions
University of Iowa Counseling Service

Advice on preparing for class participation, from understanding the assigned topic, preparing for discussion, making informed comments, and asking thoughtful questions. 

Participating in Class Discussion: Contributions That Count
Princeton University McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

An outline of strategies for preparing and engaging in class discussion and advice on how to respectfully disagree. 

Speaking for Yourself: A Guide for Students to Effective Communication
Barrass, Robert

Book cover of Speaking for Yourself: A Guide for Students to Effective CommunicationAn excellent guide to developing oral communication skills, with the emphasis on the ability to converse, to discuss, to argue persuasively, and to speak in public. This book will help you to become a good listener, express yourself clearly and persuasively, ask thoughtful questions in lectures and tutorials, contribute effectively to discussions, prepare talks or presentations, prepare effective visual aids, deliver effective presentations, and perform well in interviews.

Questions?

Locating Additional Resources

Please consult one of our reference librarians or schedule a research consultation if you have questions about the resources listed in the guide or if you would like to find additional books, articles or online sources and advice related to developing public speaking and communication skills.

compiled by: Agatha Barc, 18 November 2019

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