Course Highlights

This technical presentation skills course will:

  • Prepare scientists, engineers, and other technical professionals to deliver complex information to groups with and without the same technical know-how.
  • Provide participants with several techniques for analyzing their audiences.
  • Offer multiple options for structuring information in a clear and engaging manner.
  • Address common challenges people face when delivering presentations and suggest solutions for each.

Course Overview

Combating glazed eyes and confused looks is something those who present technical information sometimes experience. If an audience doesn’t understand techspeak or its members are interested in hearing a big-picture message versus granular detail, presenters of technical information can find themselves in trouble.  Presenting technical information requires a special approach, whether talking about bits, bytes, charts, graphs, or statistics. This interactive presentation skills workshop is designed specifically for people who must present technical information to technical and non-technical audiences. During this course, participants will learn how to identify their audiences and adjust their message to groups with varying needs.

Program Objectives

At this technical presentation skills program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize what makes technical presentations different from other presentations.
  • Identify the essential components of an effective technical presentation.
  • Describe an audience analysis and why it is necessary in a presentation.
  • Organize information logically.
  • Create an attention-grabbing introduction, connecting transitions, and a strong conclusion.
  • Talk about complex information at an audience-appropriate level.
  • Speak with greater confidence by leveraging body language and vocal variety.
  • Troubleshoot challenges.

The following outline highlights some of the course’s key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of the participant materials prior to the session(s).

Workshop Outline

One of These Is Not Like the Other: What Makes Technical Presentations Different

Presenting technical information comes with its own set of unique challenges. This program begins with an interactive discussion and analysis of the factors that make technical presentations difficult and what can be done to solve the problems that arise when presenting information to both technical and non-technical audiences. 

Let Me Tell You: Understanding Audience Differences

A big problem people who present technical information often face is targeting their discussion to the right level.  During this part of the program, we will spend time looking at different audience groups and what is important to each.  Next, participants will consider a technical message and determine how to adjust it to accommodate a wide range of needs.

What It Looks Like: The Anatomy of a Successful Technical Presentation

The third part of this workshop looks at the components that comprise exceptional technical presentations: successful introductions, smooth and logical transitions, and compelling conclusions. Participants will dive in “head first” with a short practice presentation illustrating principles discussed. 

“PowerPointers”: Creating Effective Visual Aids

Choosing and using visual aids is an integral part of technical presentations. This part of the program looks at the various options presenters can use to enhance their presentations.  In addition, we will look at best practices for working with PowerPoint, from designing effective slides to using them well.

Goodbye “Um,” “Ah,” and “You Know”: Presenting with Confidence

Many people don’t enjoy giving formal presentations and standing in front of a crowd.  This discussion covers the reasons people feel uncomfortable and techniques to overcome various roadblocks.  By the end of this segment, participants should understand the steps they can take to project a positive image and connect with the people with whom they are speaking.  

Blocking, Tackling, or Changing Direction: Managing Resistance and Other Challenges

Learning how to manage audience members who don’t want to be there, have another agenda, or otherwise disrupt the flow of a presentation, is an essential skill. This hands-on segment explores a host of techniques for handling a range of challenging situations. 

At the program’s conclusion, participants should understand how to target their message to a range of audiences and deliver information at an appropriate level.

Note: Upon request, we can record participants when they present.