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Tip no.2 for overcoming speaker’s nerves

Memorise just a sentence or two of introduction. For most people the scariest moment in a talk is right at the beginning, when you are standing there in front of the room, before you have said those first few words.

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Tip no.2 for overcoming speaker’s nerves

Memorise just a sentence or two of introduction. For most people the scariest moment in a talk is right at the beginning, when you are standing there in front of the room, before you have said those first few words.

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Tips for giving talks (1)

I will soon be starting the 2nd semester of the academic year, when my 1st-year students are asked to make their first “serious” spoken presentations. Of course they have had some practice speaking in small groups and giving micro-presentations, but

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Tips for giving talks (1)

I will soon be starting the 2nd semester of the academic year, when my 1st-year students are asked to make their first “serious” spoken presentations. Of course they have had some practice speaking in small groups and giving micro-presentations, but

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Giving that first, painful, negative feedback…

This is the time of year when I give the new 1st-year students the feedback on their first attempt at a University Geography essay. The way I have been handling this for the last few years involves a certain amount

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Giving that first, painful, negative feedback…

This is the time of year when I give the new 1st-year students the feedback on their first attempt at a University Geography essay. The way I have been handling this for the last few years involves a certain amount

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Geography still exists

I was pleased this week to see a job advert that confirmed my increasingly unfashionable belief that Geography still exists. Many of my colleagues tell me that other than for the purposes of low-level teaching there is no such thing

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Geography still exists

I was pleased this week to see a job advert that confirmed my increasingly unfashionable belief that Geography still exists. Many of my colleagues tell me that other than for the purposes of low-level teaching there is no such thing

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The Geographer’s Vacation

The sharp-witted amongst you will have noticed a longer gap than usual  since our last post, and will have surmised, correctly, that Blank Atlas is enjoying a summer vacation. However, a Geographer’s vacation is not like that of, say, a

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The Geographer’s Vacation

The sharp-witted amongst you will have noticed a longer gap than usual  since our last post, and will have surmised, correctly, that Blank Atlas is enjoying a summer vacation. However, a Geographer’s vacation is not like that of, say, a

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Science is a messy, human affair

In my previous post I bemoaned the tone of voice in which modern textbooks are written, so it was only appropriate that in the week since I wrote that I have encountered three books that somewhat restore my faith. They

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Science is a messy, human affair

In my previous post I bemoaned the tone of voice in which modern textbooks are written, so it was only appropriate that in the week since I wrote that I have encountered three books that somewhat restore my faith. They

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What modern textbooks seem to lack…

“one of those rare books that can produce a permanent and delightful enlargement of consciousness” When W.G.Hoskins’ book “The Making of the English Landscape” was published in 1955, a contemporary review described it as “one of those rare books that

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What modern textbooks seem to lack…

“one of those rare books that can produce a permanent and delightful enlargement of consciousness” When W.G.Hoskins’ book “The Making of the English Landscape” was published in 1955, a contemporary review described it as “one of those rare books that