Public Speaking for Psychologists

A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself

by David B. Feldman, Ph.D. & Paul J. Silvia, Ph.D.

Advance Praise for Public Speaking for Psychologists


"Perhaps the most playful, informative, and easily digestible book on becoming an exceptional presenter. The thorough list of tips and strategies are tailor-made for psychologists—whether creating masterful conference presentations, perfecting job talks, or communicating effectively to the rest of the world (for whom statistical significance means nothing). This book is superb because these two authors are extremely entertaining and they know how to make ideas stick."

- Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, Professor of Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and author of
Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life


"Whether facing a conference presentation, job talk, or speech to the lay public, both new and seasoned academics will benefit from Feldman and Silvia’s lighthearted yet practical advice on public speaking. On topics ranging from knowing your audience to preparing good PowerPoint slides to managing anxiety, this book offers solutions to common speaker woes and highlights the pleasures of successfully communicating theory and research to others."

- Monica Biernat, PhD, Professor of Psychology,
University of Kansas, Lawrence


"This book provides a realistic and humorous approach to the nuanced details of preparing talks. The authors do a wonderful job of making explicit and then masterfully defusing all the implicit fears that most speakers have. I recommend the book not only for graduate students and professionals who wish to improve their speaking but also for undergraduate psychology majors who are planning on attending graduate school."

- Terri L. Bonebright, PhD, Chair and Professor of Psychology,
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN


"Graduate students and undergraduates (and even seasoned presenters) who devote an afternoon to reading this engaging book will likely come away with specific ways to enhance their research talks. Time well spent!"

- Annette L. Stanton, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry/Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles


"This book is a must-read for students and early career psychologists at any experience level preparing for poster presentations, research discussions, or job talks. A valuable guide you’ll want to reference before, during, and after your proposal is submitted."

- Kenneth R. Liberatore, PhD, Co-Chair, Committee on Early Career Psychologists, California Psychological Association


"What a great resource for senior undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals in psychology! Feldman and Silvia shed light on the overarching basics of effective professional communication and offer specific suggestions for various presentation formats. This little book is packed with practical advice, reassuring encouragement, and humorous examples that will help prepare novice presenters for forays into the important, and sometimes scary, world of professional speaking."

- Jennifer S. Cheavens, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus



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