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Water New Zealand Presentation Guide

Using the Water New Zealand Presentation Guide to make our great conferences even greater

Welcome to our resources on how to write a brilliant abstract and a great paper, and how to present them at our conferences to showcase your work.

Here are some videos and printouts that will help you.



Below is a series of short videos (5-10 minutes) on:

How to write a great abstract

It’s not a Murder Mystery! Linda Norman on how to write a clear and compelling abstract 

Linda Norman is a trained oceanographer but fills the role of a civil design engineer with a focus on green infrastructure. She works for ACH Consulting Engineers, who have twice been nominated by clients for and been named finalists in the Westpac Business Awards for Excellence in Customer Service Delivery. Before she came to live in New Zealand she worked as a researcher under some tough cookies – old-school guys who lived and died by the classic old book, Strunk & White’s ‘Elements of Style’. No abstract, paper or manuscript left the door without detailed peer review and outside reviews for language. Alongside her technical work, Linda now plays that role at ACH, and has mastered the art of writing a clear and compelling abstract.

Click on the video links below:

Click here to download Linda’s PowerPoint slides in one master file.

You can contact Linda by email and via her LinkedIn profile or the ACH website.

How to write a great conference paper:

A scintillating video from Write Ltd’s - Penny de Borst 

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Write Limited is a plain language consultancy – we help our clients make their written messages clear, be more efficient and get better outcomes for the communities they serve. We train people to use plain language in their work and we provide content writing and editing services. Our clients are government agencies, companies large and small, and NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Write has been operating for over 30 years. We’ve developed researched-based standards and models, and we’re highly respected in the international plain language community.

You can contact Penny by email and via her LinkedIn profile or the firm’s websites here and here.

How to deliver a great conference presentation

It’s hilarious but serious! David Nottage on how to deliver a great conference presentation

David Nottage has come a long way in his journey to becoming one of the world’s best presenters, from someone who was too scared to speak in front of a group of four people to becoming a dynamic presenter who captivated over 2,000 Toastmasters to win the ultimate pinnacle in public speaking, the World Championship for Toastmasters International.

David is passionate about helping people overcome the obstacles that stand between them and getting their message out. Having trained many thousands of people, from all walks of life over the past 28 years, he is well qualified and placed to help you to be a more confident and competent presenter.

You can find out more and enroll for training modules on his Website.

Click here to watch David’s dazzling video – 12 minutes full of wit and wisdom.