Technical Presentations

1. The Technical Briefing
Time: 8-10 minutes
  • 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 minutes (Q&A)
  • 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 Nontechnical Audience
Time: 10-12 minutes
  • 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 transparancies to illustrate your message.

4. Presenting a Technical Paper

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

5. The Team Technical Presentation

Time: 20-30 minutes
  • 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.

Note: For some speech projects, the presentation time may also include additional segments for such activities as question-and-answer periods, depending on the project.