Presenting technical information in a way that doesn't bore the audience is challenging. Learn how to prepare technical briefings, design and present a proposal, talk about a technical subject to a nontechnical audience, present a technical paper and enhance a technical talk with the Internet.

Project 1 - The Technical Briefing


Time: Eight to ten minutes

Executive Summary:
Briefings are speeches to inform. To make your briefing effective: match your use of technical material to the knowledge level of the audience. What do you want your audience to know or be able to do after your briefing? Focus your presentation by stating its purpose in a single sentence. Select supporting material to match your objective, main message and the audience's needs.

Objectives:

  • Using a systematic approach, organize technical material into a concise presentation.
  • Tailor the presentation to the audience's needs, interests, and knowledge levels.
  • Present the information in a way that will help motivate the audience to learn.

Project 2 - The Proposal


Time: Eight to ten minutes for speech, three to five minutes for question-and-answer period.

Executive Summary:

Your proposal must stimulate action or acceptance of an idea. Follow four steps: determine your purpose, analyze your audience to determine its needs, state your main message and support it, and finally urge the audience to take action. Translate features into audience benefits. Use the inverted pyramid format. Be sure your visual aids support your objective and main message. Plan to deal with audience questions effectively.

Presenting technical information in a way that doesn't bore the audience is challenging. Learn how to prepare technical briefings, design and present a proposal, talk about a technical subject to a nontechnical audience, present a technical paper and enhance a technical talk with the Internet.

Project 1 - The Technical Briefing


Time: Eight to ten minutes

Executive Summary:
Briefings are speeches to inform. To make your briefing effective: match your use of technical material to the knowledge level of the audience. What do you want your audience to know or be able to do after your briefing? Focus your presentation by stating its purpose in a single sentence. Select supporting material to match your objective, main message and the audience's needs.

Objectives:

  • Using a systematic approach, organize technical material into a concise presentation.
  • Tailor the presentation to the audience's needs, interests, and knowledge levels.
  • Present the information in a way that will help motivate the audience to learn.

Project 2 - The Proposal


Time: Eight to ten minutes for speech, three to five minutes for question-and-answer period.

Executive Summary:

Your proposal must stimulate action or acceptance of an idea. Follow four steps: determine your purpose, analyze your audience to determine its needs, state your main message and support it, and finally urge the audience to take action. Translate features into audience benefits. Use the inverted pyramid format. Be sure your visual aids support your objective and main message. Plan to deal with audience questions effectively.

Presenting technical information in a way that doesn't bore the audience is challenging. Learn how to prepare technical briefings, design and present a proposal, talk about a technical subject to a nontechnical audience, present a technical paper and enhance a technical talk with the Internet.

Objectives:

  • To prepare a technical presentation advocating a product, service, idea or course of action.
  • To present your viewpoint logically and convincingly, using an inverted-pyramid approach.
  • To effectively use Microsoft PowerPoint with a laptop computer to illustrate your message.
  • To effectively handle a question-and-answer period.

Project 3 - The Nontechnical Audience


Time: Ten to twelve minutes

Executive Summary:
To interpret the world of high technology for an audience that lacks technical training, you must first capture their interest and prove that the material is significant to them. Build their understanding by making your tech talk simple and clear. Develop rapport, credibility and trust to gain their acceptance. Make it memorable and stimulate the audience to action.

Objectives:

  • Understand the principles of communicating complex information to nontechnical listeners..
  • Build and deliver an interesting talk based on these principles.
  • Answer audience questions that arise during the presentation.
  • Use Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow to illustrate your message.

Project 4 - Presenting a Technical Paper


Time: Ten to twelve minutes

Executive Summary:

You have been invited to present a technical paper to colleagues at an association conference. Role play an author's presentation with a borrowed technica report or a paper you have written. Give your verbal report, sharing ideas, experiences and findings in a format used by leading technical associations. Make your presentation interesting, well-organized and informative. Do not read your paper aloud. Keep your tech talk clear, logical and objective.

Objectives:

  • Deliver an interesting speech based on a technical paper or article.
  • Effectively use a Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow to illustrate your theme.
  • Provide additional information, such as answers to questions, using a flipchart.

Project 5 - Enhancing a Technical Talk with the Internet


Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Executive Summary:

Add the computer and Internet to your teaching toolkit by supplementing your tech talk with electronic communications before and after the meeting. Make maximum use of high-tech teaching so your audience can achieve maximum learning. Use e-mail, blogging, web sites and other high-tech marvels to bring tech talk into the 21st century.

Objectives:

  • Understand the nature and process of a technical presentation supported with professional-level visual aid.
  • Arrange pre-meeting communications via e-mail.
  • Find or create a post-meeting website for further dissemination of information supporting or enhancing your verbal presentation. You may create a web page and add it to your club's website, making use of podcasting, webcasting or a basic Internet template.
  • Use a desktop computer, Microsoft Word, a web browser, a simple graphics program for photos and other images, Microsoft PowerPoint as well as the venerable flipchart to support your presentation.