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Engineering Speaking by Design by Michael J. Cloud, Edward J. Rothwell

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4

Building Your Presentation

What considerations should go into producing the content of your presentation? Although the specifics are dependent on your topic, several general considerations are critical.

4.1  The Target Specifications

As engineers, we can’t design a product without specifications. Similarly, as technical speakers we can’t design a presentation without a clear picture of the specifications we’re trying to meet. One sensible breakdown is as follows.

1.  The subject material. What is the scope of your presentation? Which topics do you wish to cover (or need to cover), and at what depth?

2.  The audience. To whom will you be speaking? What are their backgrounds and purposes?

3.  The time length. How many minutes or hours will ...

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