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.