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"TechEdge": Using Computers to Present and Persuade (Part of the Essence of Public Speaking Series) / Edition 1

by William J. Ringle


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"TechEdge": Using Computers to Present and Persuade (Part of the Essence of Public Speaking Series) / Edition 1

With endorsements from two of the largest and most influential public speaking groups -- the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International-- this book is written by technology consultant William J. Ringle who knows the ups and downs of using technology in presentations. With today's ever-changing technology, often presenters and speakers alike are caught off guard when their computer malfunctions or their microphone squeaks during a speech. This helpful guided tour will cut months - if not years - off a reader's learning curve. Readers will learn how to make the most of phones, microphones, and projectors, how to prepare a professional-sounding demo tape, what to look for in a laptop you'll use for presentations, when you need an Internet Service Provider (ISP), how to use the Internet to research topics, connect with others, and plan your travel, what you need to know about browsers and search engines, how to develop a "webliography," plus tips on creating interesting and useful slide presentations, including what software to use and how to add multimedia enhancements. Whether readers are experienced with high-tech presentations or are barely on speaking terms with technology, they will find plenty of valuable material here, including the tricks that set well-prepared presenters apart. An ideal tool for anyone who has to use technology --from microphones to computers -- in their presentations. Part of the Essence of Public Speaking Series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205273058
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 12/19/1997
Series: Essence of Public Speaking Series
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with “Summary” and most with “Sharpen Your TechEdge.”



Why You Need This Book.

Organization of the Book.

Conventions Used.

Before You Begin.


Section Overview.

1.Technology Is More Than Computers.



35mm Projectors.

Audio and Video.

2.Computer Technology 101.

Making Sense of Computer Lingo.


Storage Devices.


Personal Digital Assistants (PDA's).


3.Demystifying the Internet.

A Thumbnail History of the Internet.

What Can I Do on the Internet?

Services Offered on the Internet.

Clarifying Misconceptions.


Section Overview.

4.AOL — The Best Choice for You?

Suggested Steps to Getting Off on the Right Foot.

5.What to Do Once You're Logged On.

Getting Signed Up on AOL.

I'm on AOL. Now What?

6.ISP Services and What They Add.

What Is an ISP?

Why Should a Speaker, Trainer or Consultant Need to Make a Choice?

How Do ISP Companies Operate?

What Does It Cost?

7.Factors to Consider When Selecting an ISP.

How to Locate Them in Your Area.

Questions to Ask When Selecting an ISP.

Evaluating the Decision to Connect through COS versus ISP.

8.What You Can Do on the Internet.

Seven Essential Features for Your Internet E-mail.

Join an Internet Mail List.

Getting Acquainted with Your Web Browser.


9.Presentation Development Using a Computer.

Stage 1: Topic Development.

Stage 2: Develop the Format.

Stage 3: Apply a Template and Add Graphics for Visual Richness.

Stage 4: Enhance with Multimedia.

10.Preparing, Presenting, and Follow-Up



Follow Up a Presentation.

11.Best Practices.

Focus on the Software You Need.

Budget for Updates— Pushing Your TechEdge Costs Money and Time.

Develop and Follow a Backup Plan.

Learn What You Own before Buying More.

The Internet Shortens the Distance between You and the Answers You Need.

Label Your Cables.

Remember Low Tech.

Think Beyond Your Desktop/Notebook Computer.

E-mail Is a Critical Business Tool.

Customization Is the Key to Success.

Hire the Help You Need.

Join a User Group and Make Friends.

Leaders Are Readers.

Web Sites Are Just the First Step.

Presenting: Responsibilities and Rewards.

Use Your Computer to Make Your Life Easier and Your Business Stronger.

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