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A manual in the Advanced Communication Series, aimed toward people who need to disseminate technical information to others, in any field. The projects are "designed to prepare [the speaker] for optimum effectiveness in modern industrial and academic fields" but is also useful for those who need to explain anything technical (in one field or another) to those who would be lay persons in the field on which the speaker is communicating.

One focus of this manual is to use visual aids, generally with the use of presentation software. An appendix in the manual includes information about using visual aids and preparing effective slides. While all information in the manual regarding visual aids is oriented towards Microsoft PowerPoint, any presentation software (OpenOffice.org, Impress, or Mac OS X Keynote) can be used equally well in your speech.

ProjectsEdit

The Technical BriefingEdit

Time 8–10 minutes
Objectives
  • Using a systematic approach, organize technical material into a concise presentation.
  • Tailor the presentation to the audience’s needs, interests, and knowledge levels.
Synopsis
Briefings

The ProposalEdit

Time 8–10 minute speech, 3–5 minute Q&A
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 presentation software on a laptop computer to illustrate your message.
  • To effectively handle a question-and-answer period.
Synopsis
Proposal

The Nontechnical AudienceEdit

Time 10–12 minutes
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,
  • Illustrate your message using a slideshow with presentation software
Synopsis
Interpret the world of high technology for on audience that lacks technical training

Presenting a Technical PaperEdit

Time 10–12 minutes
Objectives
  • Deliver an interesting speech based on a technical paper or article
  • Effectively use slideshow to illustrate your theme
  • Provide additional information, such as answers to questions, using a flip chart
Synopsis

Enhancing a Technical Talk with the InternetEdit

Time 12–15 minutes
Objectives
  • Understand the nature and process of a technical presentation supported with professional-level visual aids (Arrangements for this presentation should be made with your club's Vice President Education well in advance, taking into consideration the requirements for high-tech visual aids. Also, you should arrange to have printouts of your pre- and post- communications for your Evaluator to see at the lecture. Time mentioned does not include these other forms of sharing Information.)
  • Arrange pre-meeting communications via e-mail
  • Find or create a post-meeting Web site for further dissemination of information supporting or enhancing your verbal presentation. You may create a Web page and add it to your club's Web site, making use of podcasting, webcasting, or a basic Internet template
  • Use a desktop computer, word processor, a Web browser, a simple graphics program for photos and other images, presentation software as well as the venerable flip chart to support your presentation.
Synopsis

AppendixEdit

Using Visual Aids—A guide to preparing and displaying graphics and videos that will be employed in a speech.

ResourcesEdit

Pages in category "Technical Presentations"

The following 6 pages are in this category, out of 6 total.

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