Speaking Technically: A Handbook for Scientists, Engineers and Physicians on How to Improve Technical Presentations

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This is a concise guide for anyone who has ever found the prospect of speaking technically to be daunting.

The author draws upon his observations of people speaking technically in after-dinner speeches; conference presentations; coping with visitors; inaugural lectures; industrial presentations; industrial tourism; lectures to students; presentations to funding bodies; project reports; public inquiries; school talks; section and departmental meetings; telephone calls and consultations.

He offers the reader practical tools and principles for organising information and making technical communication lively and memorable.

Complete with highlighted points, checklists and review points for easy reference and practice, Speaking Technically is for anyone who has ideas and information to communicate, wants to do so effectively, finds the process stressful and has little time to prepare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860940347
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A professional job 1
Ch. 2 Decide your purpose: who will do what? 7
Ch. 3 Planning the content: the frame of reference 17
Ch. 4 Starting, stopping, and signposting 35
Ch. 5 Speaking technique 47
Ch. 6 The use and abuse of visual aids 59
Ch. 7 Planning the support work 69
Ch. 8 Some special situations 75
Ch. 9 Chairing sessions and managing questions in large meetings 91
App. A Count-down check list 97
App. B Notes to accompany the Presentations Check Sheet 101
App. C Speaking Technically: Presentations Check Sheet 107
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