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There are many ways to present the results of your research, from conferences to webinars and guest speaking. Continue below to explore different venues for disseminating your work in presentation formats.
Conferences can be a great way to get your work out there in front of broad audiences with a specific interest in your field.
Academic conferences are the shop windows of the academy. You present so that:
Conferences are announced through email lists and the websites of the organization holding the conference. There are now both national learned societies and international learned societies. For example, the British Sociological Association, the European Sociological Association, and the International Sociological Association all organize regular conferences and you might submit proposals for papers to any or all of them.
Abstracts matter because:
You can move between thematic strands at a conference or you can stick with one thematic strand. The latter often works better. Not only do you get to know a set of people with similar interests, you also get people to sit with at meals and talk to in the bars. A good thematic strand is one in which an ongoing debate develops. This draws on the papers as they are presented and attempts some kind of synthesis based on all of them.
Coffee breaks matter a lot, as they are often where you have the opportunity to “network.” Do not be afraid to approach people you want to talk to.
Conferences are a great way to meet publishers. You can make appointments in advance, but do not be afraid to go up to a stand and say, “I would like to talk to you about a proposal—when would be convenient for you?” Publishers are always looking for material and you might be able to deliver just what they are looking for.
Presenting webinars happens in a variety of ways, not just by invitation of the webinar sponsor. Here are some tactics to help locate presentation opportunities:
According to Siobhan Graham, "48% of attendees have said that webinars were least enjoyable when there was a poor presenter." In her article, "Top 10 Tips Webinar Presenters Should Know This link opens in a new window," she gives advice for presenters to help ensure their information comes across in an engaging and effective way:
For more details on each suggestion, click on Siobhan's name above!