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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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