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Preparing and Delivering Effective Technical Presentations

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ISBN-10: 0890062463

ISBN-13: 9780890062463

Edition: 1987

Authors: David L. Adamy

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This book zeroes-in on practical ways in which technical professionals can execute well-prepared, comprehensible, information-packed technical briefings.
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Book details

List price: $104.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Artech House, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 155
Size: 8.29" wide x 10.80" long x 0.48" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

David L. Adamy received his MSEE in Communication Theory from the University of Santa Clara, and his BSEE from Arizona State University. Adamy is president of Adamy Engineering and previously worked as Senior Systems Engineer/Program Manager for ESL/TRW in Sunnyvale, California, and as a systems engineer and program manager on EW and reconnaissance programs delivering systems from "DC to light" on platforms from submarines to space, and many associated modeling and simulation efforts. He is also the author of EW 101: A First Course in Electronic Warfare and Preparing and Delivering Effective Technical Presentations, Second Edition (Artech House 2001, 2000), as well as several other books.

Introduction
The Main Points of the Book
About Public Speaking
Handling Fear
Respect for Your Audience
Audience Dynamics
A Good Talk is a Good Talk
How to Do It Wrong
Outline of the Book
Before You Even Start
The Preparation Process
Initial Items
The Purpose of the Talk
What Does the Audience Need to Understand?
What the Audience Should Remember
Who Will the Audience Be?
What the Audience Knows about the Subject
What the Audience Expects
How Much Time is Allowed?
Audience Size
Time and Location
What Else is Happening?
Designing Your Talk
Section of Visual Aid Media
Limitation of the Subject
Allocate Your Time
Preliminary Outline
Segment the Visuals
Detailed Preparation
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chapter 3
Outlining
General Structure
Time Allocation
The Parts of the Talk
The Introduction
Getting the Talk Started
Present Your Credentials
Tell Them What You Are Going to Tell Them
The Body
General to Specific
Input to Output
Stroll through the Park
Time Sequence
Background to Problem to Solution
Increasing Power of Arguments
The Conclusion
Tell Them What You Told Them
Sound the Call to Action
Close the Talk
Building an Outline
List of Subjects
The Framework
Organize the Material
Segmenting Your Visuals
The Presentation Outline
Visual Aids--Designing and Using Them
General Considerations
Readable Visuals
Limiting the Material on a Single Visual Aid Frame
Rule of Six
Nested Visuals
Rates of Presentation for Visual Aids
Visual Aid Media
Comparison of Media
Special Techniques and Considerations
Overhead Projector Slides
Advantages and Disadvantages
Opaque Projector
Selection Criteria
Rate of Presentation
Special Techniques and Considerations
35 mm Slides
Advantages and Disadvantages
Related Media
Selection Criteria
Rate of Presentation
Techniques and Considerations
Moving Media
Advantages and Disadvantages
Selection Criteria
Rate of Presentation
Techniques and Considerations
Flip Charts
Advantages and Disadvantages
Cards on Easel
Selection Criteria
Rate of Presentation
Techniques and Considerations
Blackboard
Advantages and Disadvantages
Selection Criteria
Techniques and Considerations
Handout Material
Advantages and Disadvantages
Selection Criteria
Techniques and Considerations
Physical Items Passed Around
Advantages and Disadvantages
Selection Criteria
Techniques and Considerations
Three-Dimensional Models
Advantages and Disadvantages
Selection Criteria
Techniques and Considerations
Demonstrations
Advantages and Disadvantages
Selection Criteria
Techniques and Considerations
Visual Aids--Creating Them
General Requirements
List of Visuals
Overview of Visuals
Making Rough Drafts
One Final Review
Using the Services of a Graphic Arts Department
Working with an Artist
Understanding the Medium
Specifying Layout
Finding Photographs
Scheduling and Budgeting Work
Generating Visual Aids by Yourself
Overhead Projector Slides
Using a Copy Machine to Make Slides
The Process
Techniques
Enhancing Copy Machine Slides
Typed, Drawn, and Lettered Slides
Slides from Photographs
Computer-Generated Graphics
Pen on Acetate
Photographic Process Overhead Projector Slides
35 mm Slides
Pictures of Equipment
Slides from Written and Drawn Material
Modified Negative Slides
Moving Media
Equipment Required
The Recording Process
Planning Functions
Flip Charts and Display Cards
Three-Dimensional Models
Logistics
Briefing Room Readiness
Room Scheduling
Room Layout
Layout for Briefing to Small Group
Layout for Large Group at Tables
Layout for Large Group in Theater-Style Seating
Banquet-Style Seating
Collection and Preparation of Equipment
Safety and Comfort Factors
Marking of Visual Aids
Multiple-Speaker Logistics
Feeding People
Coffee and Lunch Breaks
Breakfast or Lunch Meetings
Dinner Meetings
Handout Material
Ten "Little" Items that Everyone Forgets
Presentation Technique
Generalities
Speak in a Conversational Tone
Stand beside Your Visuals
Use a Pointer
Speak to Individuals in the Audience
"Read" the Audience
Present Your Visuals with Flair
Answer Questions Effectively
The Big Secret
Things to Do Ahead of Time
Dress the Part
Be Familiar with Your Visuals
Rehearse Your Talk
Know Thyself
Things to Avoid
Ways to Speed Your Improvement
Notice What Other Speakers Do
Record Your Talks
Speak as Often as Possible
Cruel and Unusual Circumstances
Speaking in a Restaurant
The Audience
Room Setup
Visual Aids
Speaking through a Translator
Delayed Translation
Simultaneous Translation
Considerations for All Translated Talks
Speaking to the Nonnative-Language Speaking Audience
When Something Goes Wrong
Hostility from the Audience
Managing the Multiple-Speaker Briefing
The Nature of Multiple-Speaker Briefings
The Briefing Plan
Set Objectives
What You Want Remembered
Scope the Briefing
Plan the Flow of Information
Allocate the Time
Choosing the Team
Maintaining Unity
Balance
Visual Aids
Sequence of Briefings
Management Considerations
Preparation Schedule
Schedule of the Briefing Itself
Visual Aid Equipment
Handling Slides
The Hot Seat
A Speakers' Breakfast
Introducing Speakers
Making a Smooth Transition
Establishing Speaker's Credibility
Get the Speaker Started
Opening and Closing Statements
Opening Remarks
Closing Remarks
Real-World Briefings
The Work Review
The Audience
The Speaking Situation
Presentation Format
Special Techniques and Considerations
The Marketing Presentation
The Audience
The Speaking Situation
Presentation Format
Special Techniques and Considerations
The Technical Conference Paper
The Audience
The Speaking Situation
Special Techniques and Considerations
The After-Dinner Technical Talk
The Audience
The Speaking Situation
Special Techniques and Considerations
Presenting a Prepared Paper
Audience Has Copy of Paper
Audience Does Not Have Paper
Convincing the Skeptical Audience
Speaking Exercises
The Work Review
The Marketing Presentation
The Technical Conference Paper
The After-Dinner Technical Talk
The Multiple-Speaker Briefing
Reading a Prepared Paper
Convincing the Skeptical Audience
Computer Hardware and Software for Visual Aid Development
Speech Notes: How and When to Use Them
Presentation Evaluation Forms
Bibliography
Index