Technical Presentations

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 plan and give a team presentation.

1. The Technical Briefing

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.

2. The Proposal

Time: 8-10 minutes, plus 3-5 for 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 a flipchart to illustrate your message.
  • To effectively handle a question-and-answer period.

3.The Non-technical Audience

Time: 10-12 minutes
Objectives:
  • Understand the principles of communicating complex information to non-technical 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.

4. Presenting a Technical Paper

Time: 10-12 minutes
Objectives:
  • Deliver an interesting speech based on a technical paper or article.
  • Effectively use a flipchart, overhead projector or slides to illustrate your message.

5. Enhancing a Technical Talk with the Internet

Time: 12-16 minutes
Objectives:
  • Understand the nature and process of a team technical presentation supported with professional-level visual aids
  • 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 a flipchart to support your presenation