Technical Presentations

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 a 3-5 minute question period

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 flip chart to illustrate your message.
  • To effectively handle a question-and-answer period.

3 – The Nontechnical Audience
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.
  • 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 flip chart, overhead projector or slides to illustrate your message.

5 – The Team Technical Presentation
Time: 20 – 30 minutes

Objectives:

  • 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.