Chapter 1 
Getting Started 
LTEC 4121 
Technical Presentation Skills
“It usually takes more than three weeks 
to prepare a good impromptu speech.” 
- Mark Twain 
LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developi...
Chapter 1 Objectives 
You will be able to: 
Determine the purpose of your 
presentation 
Apply guidelines for choosing a 
...
Murphy’s 
Presentation 
Law #1 
“If anything can 
go wrong during 
your 
presentation it 
will go wrong.” 
LTEC 4121/ATTD ...
What is Your Presentation Topic? 
Think of your 
presentation 
as the delivery or 
transfer of 
information or 
skills fro...
You Might Be Presenting: 
Information about a new product 
Details regarding some new technology 
Information about a n...
Planning Your Presentation 
The first step to planning your presentation 
is to clarify your topic. 
Answer these question...
Planning Your Presentation 
The majority of your presentations will 
be knowledge-based. They focus on 
Information. 
LTEC...
Planning Your Presentation 
Skill-based presentations (demonstrations) 
focus on how to perform specific skills or 
proced...
Planning Your Presentation 
Skill-based topics typically involve equipment, 
Tools and machines. 
For example: 
•Install a...
Planning Your Presentation 
Attitude-based topics deal with attitudes 
and feelings. 
Safety 
Leadership 
Conflict Resolut...
Planning Your Presentation 
Many presentations contain all three 
elements: 
Knowledge 
Skills 
Attitudes 
LTEC 4121/ATTD ...
Guidelines for Choosing a Presentation Title 
My Title 
LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective 
Presentation Skills; Ch...
Some Guidelines: 
•Be honest 
•Be creative 
•Think about your intended audience 
•Focus on the benefits of your presentati...
Example: 
“Engineering Teams” 
Or improved title: 
“Winning Season: 
Building Effective 
Engineering Teams” 
LTEC 4121/ATT...
Extra! Extra! More Example Titles! 
Use K.I.S.S. to change from: 
“How to Talk Honestly and Openly to Your Office Coworker...
Presentation Fact 
The most popular times for presentations 
are mid-to-late morning and mid-afternoon. 
LTEC 4121/ATTD 51...
Murphy’s 
Presentation Law 
#2 
“The number of 
things that go 
wrong is inversely 
proportional to the 
amount of time yo...
Proper 
Prior 
Planning 
Prevents 
Poor 
Presentations 
LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective 
Presentation Skills; Ch...
Chapter Review 
•Define the purpose of your presentation 
•Select the topic based on that purpose 
•Develop an effective p...
BONUS: Key Ideas to Give Key Presentation 
LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective 
Nancy Duarte 
How To Give 
More 
Per...
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Chapter 1: Getting Started

  1. 1. Chapter 1 Getting Started LTEC 4121 Technical Presentation Skills
  2. 2. “It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” - Mark Twain LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 2
  3. 3. Chapter 1 Objectives You will be able to: Determine the purpose of your presentation Apply guidelines for choosing a presentation title LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 3
  4. 4. Murphy’s Presentation Law #1 “If anything can go wrong during your presentation it will go wrong.” LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 4
  5. 5. What is Your Presentation Topic? Think of your presentation as the delivery or transfer of information or skills from to the audience. Information LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 5
  6. 6. You Might Be Presenting: Information about a new product Details regarding some new technology Information about a new manufacturing process A demonstration showing how to operate a new piece of equipment LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 6
  7. 7. Planning Your Presentation The first step to planning your presentation is to clarify your topic. Answer these questions: • What is the focus of your presentation? • What is it that you want to share? • What do those who will be attending want or need to know? LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 7
  8. 8. Planning Your Presentation The majority of your presentations will be knowledge-based. They focus on Information. LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 8
  9. 9. Planning Your Presentation Skill-based presentations (demonstrations) focus on how to perform specific skills or procedures. LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 9
  10. 10. Planning Your Presentation Skill-based topics typically involve equipment, Tools and machines. For example: •Install and start a pump •Replace hydraulic cylinders •Load computer software LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 10
  11. 11. Planning Your Presentation Attitude-based topics deal with attitudes and feelings. Safety Leadership Conflict Resolution LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 11
  12. 12. Planning Your Presentation Many presentations contain all three elements: Knowledge Skills Attitudes LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 12
  13. 13. Guidelines for Choosing a Presentation Title My Title LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 13
  14. 14. Some Guidelines: •Be honest •Be creative •Think about your intended audience •Focus on the benefits of your presentation •KISS approach LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 14
  15. 15. Example: “Engineering Teams” Or improved title: “Winning Season: Building Effective Engineering Teams” LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 15
  16. 16. Extra! Extra! More Example Titles! Use K.I.S.S. to change from: “How to Talk Honestly and Openly to Your Office Coworkers” TO “Workplace Communications: Tell it Like it is” To tout the benefits and target the audience, go from: “Troubleshooting Telecommunications Repair Issues” TO “Keeping Customers Connected: New Developments in Telecommunications Troubleshooting” To be creative: “The Safe Use of Storage of Hazardous Materials” TO “HAZMAT: Your Worst Nightmare of Safe Workplace Dream” LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 16
  17. 17. Presentation Fact The most popular times for presentations are mid-to-late morning and mid-afternoon. LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 17
  18. 18. Murphy’s Presentation Law #2 “The number of things that go wrong is inversely proportional to the amount of time you invest in planning.” LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 18
  19. 19. Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Presentations LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 19
  20. 20. Chapter Review •Define the purpose of your presentation •Select the topic based on that purpose •Develop an effective presentation title LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 2: Know Your Audience 20
  21. 21. BONUS: Key Ideas to Give Key Presentation LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Nancy Duarte How To Give More Persuasive Presentations Presentation Skills; Chapter 2: Know Your Audience 21
  22. 22. Chapter 1: The End To Complete: • Discussion Module 1 • Assignment #1 • Assignment #2 • Create a YouTube Account NOW! LTEC 4121/ATTD 5121: Developing Effective Presentation Skills; Chapter 1: Getting Started 22

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