Technically Speaking: A Guide for Communicating Complex Information / Edition 1

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Compelling presentations are difficult to create, and technical presentations are even more challenging. Technically Speaking provides valuable insight into the process of conveying information, whether technical or not. Written with clarity, the guide covers practically every aspect of the art of communicating effectively. Jan D'Arcy has reduced what, for some, is a formidable process to a simple system for developing and delivering a powerful message.

"...provides valuable insight into the process of conveying information...written by a woman who has coached thousands of high-tech personnel, scientists, and engineers from such organizations as NASA, Microsoft, IEEE, IBM, and more."

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Technical Communication
Jan D'Arcy's handy book on preparing technical presentations scores high on three key points: structure, content, and tone. The [book's] four-part structure accurately mirrors what goes on in the minds of reluctant presenters or, more accurately, what should be going on...[that] audience analysis is as critical in oral presentation mode as it is in text presentation mode, and the natural anxiety we all feel before high-stakes resentations can be turned constructively into positive action that can improve performance. D'Arcy offers a pragmatic ten-step heuristic for developing a presentation. The content of the book is rich, sufficient in detail to be useful to the busy technical specialist without unduly amplifying the obvious...[describing] considerations of body language, voice, humor, and methods of handling Q and A.... D'Arcy creates a very engaging tone that appeals to the no-nonsense technical specialist.
Offers scientific and technical professionals insight into the process of conveying technical and other types of information to professional and lay audiences. Describes a 10-step approach to the process of researching, organizing, and presenting complex information, with chapters on analyzing an audience, creating low- and high-tech visuals, using humor, video conferencing, and communicating to international audiences. Includes chapter overviews, key concepts, checklists, worksheets, and exercises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574770513
  • Publisher: Battelle Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Becoming Comfortable, Confident, and in Control 5
1 Becoming a Model Communicator 7
2 Communicating Complex Technical Information 9
3 Making Fears and Anxieties Work for You 21
Pt. II Creating a Powerful Message in Ten Steps 31
4 Targeting Your Objective, Tailoring Your Message 35
5 Defining Your Image 45
6 Analyzing Your Audience 57
7 Designing Your Finish First, Your Start Second 71
8 Narrowing Your Main Points 81
9 Selecting Supporting Points 91
10 Organizing Your Content 103
11 Creating Visuals - From Low Tech to High Tech 115
12 Adding Variety 145
13 Rehearsing 153
Pt. III Making a Compelling Delivery 161
14 Communicating With Effective Body Language 163
15 Developing a Colorful, Expressive Voice 173
16 Using Humor 187
17 Handling Questions With Ease 197
Pt. IV Managing Your Changing Environment 207
18 Setting the Stage 209
19 Creating Favorable Introductions 221
20 Videoconferencing 225
21 Communicating in a Borderless World 235
22 Analyzing Model Communicators 243
23 Shaping the Future 253
Suggested Reading 259
Index 261
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