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5.0 out of 5 stars All you could want from a book on this topic, 27 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Presentations in English: Student's Book DVD Pack (Paperback)
Each chapter covers a different aspect of making presentations: the first talks about how to begin, how to structure key points and how to conclude, while the last talks about how to handle questions at the end. The chapters in between cover such topics as how to keep your audience's attention, being persuasive, using visuals and connecting with your audience.

Within each chapter there is a discussion of techniques, a rich collection of very useful expressions, and a brief overview of relevant grammar (often tied together on a coherent topic such as presenting statistical information, graphs, etc.).

All of this is tied in with the samples on the DVD, taken from four presentations which are chopped up so that relevant bits are associated with each chapter. The full presentations also appear. These samples are not necessarily model talks, but realistic examples by other non-native speakers, complete with faults, but this is useful when it comes to analysing them. It also helps to make the book work both for self-study and in the classroom.

One small room for improvement: it would be nice if the DVD had subtitles. There are transcripts at the back of the book (which also point out the grammatical mistakes that each speaker makes), but it would have been a nice touch to have them on the DVD itself, too.

All in all, the book has everything I was looking for, and at a reasonable price: lots of useful expressions and structures, samples, a DVD, plus a presentation of techniques that even native speakers could benefit from.
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