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Date Created: 10/29/15
Technical Presentations by Bill Mckeeman DECCompaq A technical presentation like a chain is as strong as its weakest link The links are con dence context content structure focus delivery visuals handouts humor preparation Here are some guidelines The first rule is There are no absolute rules Use your headido what works for you Ten Commandments Seven Deadly Sins Know your audience Stretching the truth Know your material Being boring Set the context Use logical order Size the talk to time 1 2 3 Losing the audience 4 5 6 Use simple visuals 7 8 9 1 Putting ten pounds in a fivepound bag Writing illegibly on the board Speaking unintelligibly Being arrogant lCNUIbUJEQt I Use complex handouts Make eye contact Make ear contact 0 Prefer quality over quantity Ten Commandments 1 Know Your Audience Don t tell them things they already know Don t talk over their heads Avoid fancy vocabulary or jargon Minimize fancy mathematics Concentrate on useful information Provide relevant examples 2 Know Your Material You are the expert Know more than you plan to say Know the background andor literature Reach for elegance O O O O 0 UI O O O O O P O O O O O O O O O 0 l Set the Context Your background Who I am Purpose of the talk Why I m talking to you Relevance of content to audience Why you should care Future directions Use Logical Order No unnecessary forward references Keep chains of reasoning intact don39t skip any steps Put examples near related material Choose breadth rst or depth first Push interesting material forward Size the Talk to Time Don t waste time a talk to 50 techies costs 2000hour Plan what to leave out Leave time for audience interaction Time a live dry run Plan at least 3 minutes per overhead Use Simple Visuals Don t put a visual up unless the audience can read and understand it before you plan to take it down Use a large font size to promote readability Don t scribble on the blackboarditake time to be an artist Make sure the projector is working ahead of time Check spelling etc In a list make sure that every point has the same grammatical form e g all are commands all are sentences all are questions or all are noun phrases Use Complex Handouts Detailed notes or transcripts of your talk Relevant background papers Relevant program listings URLs or file locations Contact information 8 Make Eye contact 0 It39s a means of communication 0 It shows the audience that you are interested in them 0 It tells you whether the audience is interestedboredlost 9 Make Ear Contact Speak more slowly than usual Speak more clearly than usualienunciate Project your voice Speak to everyone in the audienceidon t talk to your feet or the wall Pause after completing a packet of information 10 Prefer Quality over Quantity 0 Poorly presented material will be forgotten 0 Leave something for your next presentation 0 Imagine having to listen to your own talk Seven Deadly Sins 1 Stretching the Truth 0 A little BS ruins a good soup 0 Someone may act on your information 0 Clearly label predictions opinions guesses 0 Practice saying quotI don t know do youquot 2 Being Boring 0 Your presentation is a public performance 0 Don t go too slow or too fast 0 Don t give a talk full of sound and fury signifying nothing 3 Losing the Audience Over their heads slow down back up Beneath their interest get on to better stuff Left them behind over a toobig step Not enough relevant examples Eye contact is a way of detecting a lost audience UI O O O O 0 amp l Putting Ten Pounds in a Five Pound Bag Symptom half done 10 minutes to go Symptom jerking down a halfread slide Motto I shall return Disaster you le the good stuff to last Fame you get your hour in the sunidon39t get sunbumed Writing Illeginy on the Board A good picture is worth a 1000 scribbles Most students copy in their notebooks only what is written on the blackboard Speaking Unintelligibly Use English Be sure the audience can see your face Don t swallow words Don t swallow your endin Don t mumble Don t speak in monotone Being Arrogant Are you interacting properly with the audience Are you demeaning their questions Are you acting insulted by their questions or comments Final Advice Have a buddy score your dry run A fresh set of eyes and ears is very valuable If you break most commandments and commit most sins reschedule your talk If you break some commandments and commit some sins do another dry run
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