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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.
|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|