Technical Presentations

TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS

1. THE TECHNICAL BRIEFING

Using a systematic approach, organize technical material into a concise presentation.
Tailor the presentation to the audience’s needs, interests and knowledge levels.

Time: Eight to ten minutes.

2. THE PROPOSAL

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 a flipchart to illustrate your message.
To effectively handle a question-and-answer period.

Time: Eight to ten minutes for speech; three to five minutes for question period.

3. THE NONTECHNICAL AUDIENCE

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 overhead transparencies to illustrate your message.

Time: Ten to twelve minutes.

4. PRESENTING A TECHNICAL PAPER

Deliver an interesting speech based on a technical paper or article.
Effectively use a flipchart, overhead projector or slides to illustrate your message.

Time: Ten to twelve minutes.

5. THE TEAM TECHNICAL PRESENTATION

Understand the nature and process of a team technical presentation.
Conceptualize a briefing or proposal involving three or more speakers, including yourself.
Assemble a team of club members capable of getting the job done.
Orchestrate the planning, preparation and delivery of a team technical presentation.

Time: Twenty to thirty minutes.