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.
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.