Oral Presentations for Technical Communication

ISBN-10: 0205294154

ISBN-13: 9780205294152

Edition: 2000

Authors: Laura J. Gurak, Sam Dragga

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Oral Presentations for Technical Communication provides what most technical communication textbooks lack: clear, accessible instruction on speaking. This book helps students and professionals master public speaking in a technical or scientific environment, whether it be through traditional presentations with whiteboards and flipcharts or presentations with computer software such as PowerPoint. Unlike most general speech texts, which include examples from various disciplines, Oral Presentations uses specific examples from the fields of science and technology and shows how skilled technical communicators make complex information accessible to non-technical audiences. The first three parts of the book focus on basic skills and concepts, including four basic types of presentations relevant to technical communication. The last two parts introduce more advanced topics, such as legal, privacy, and censorship issues, and the changing nature of presentations in the digital age.
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List price: $116.20
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 263
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Laura J. Gurak is associate professor at the University of Minnesota, faculty fellow at the University of Minnestoa Law School, and director of the Internet Studies Center.

Presenting you, Presenting Your Message
Oral Presentations in the Realm of Science and Technology
Who Are Technical Communicators?
The Responsibility of Technical Communicators to the Public
Technical Writing versus Technical Presentations
Being a Good Listener
Oral Presentations for Technical Communication
Using Technologies to Give Technical Presentations
In Summary: Getting Started
Dealing with Nervousness
What Is Speaking Anxiety?
Everyone Experiences It
How Your Body Reacts to Anxiety
How to Overcome Anxiety
In Summary: Be Positive
Ethos, Memory, and Delivery
Rhetoric as a Framework for Oral Presentations
The Classical Rhetorical Canons
Ethos: Your Appeal Based on Character and Credibility
Memory: Using Your Innate Abilities
Delivery: Using Your Body, Voice, and Technology
In Summary: Ethos, Memory, and Delivery
Other Techniques to Build Confidence
Join a Local Speechmaking Organization
Give Presentations to Children
Present to Small Groups
Try Your Ideas in Writing
Read Science and Technology Written for General Audiences
Pay Attention to Museum Exhibits
Attend Presentations and Be a Critic
In Summary: Other Techniques to Build Your Confidence
Presenting Saul Carliner, Past President, STC
Audience, Purpose, Beginnings, Endings
Know Your Audience
What Is �Audience� ?
Audience Types
Important Audience Features
International and Cultural Issues
Changing to Meet Audience Needs
Secondary Audiences
Audience Analysis Worksheet
How to Obtain Information about Your Audience
In Summary: Know Your Audience
Know Your Purpose
Why Are You Giving This Presentation, Anyway?
The Situation and Context
Types of Presentations in Technical Communication
Audience and Purpose Worksheets
Purposes, Purposes, Purposes
In Summary: Know Your Purpose
The Importance of a Strong Introduction and Conclusion
The Importance of Introductions and Conclusions
The Introduction
The Conclusion
Memorize the Introduction and Conclusion
In Summary: Strong Introductions and Conclusions
The Body of Your Presentation and How to Find Information
Finding Information
Organizing the Material
Using an Outline
Previewing the Material for Your Audience
Citing Material in Your Presentation
Providing Handouts
Being Ready to Adapt
In Summary: The Body of Your Presentation
Presenting Daphne Walmer, Technical Communications Manager, Medtronic
Types of Technical Presentations
Presentations That Inform
What Are Informative Presentations?
Types of Informative Presentations in Technical Communication
Tips for Creating Effective Informative Presentations
Preparing Your First Informative Presentation
In Summary: Informative Presentations
Presentations That Persuade and Convince
What Are Persuasive Presentations?
Types of Persuasive Presentations in Technical Communication
Tips for Creating Effective Persuasive Presentations
Preparing Your First Persuasive Presentation
In Summary: Persuasive Presentations
Presentations That Offer a Strategy or Action Plan
What Are Strategy/Action Plan Presentations?
Types of Action Plan Presentations in Technical Communication
Tips for Creating Effective Action Plan Presentations
Preparing Your First Action Plan Presentation
In Summary: Action Plan Presentations
Presentations That Explain How to Perform a Task
What Are How-To Presentations?
Types of How-To Presentations in Technical Communication
Tips for Creating Effective How-To Presentations
Preparing Your First How-To Presentation
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