ERIC Number: ED447510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Oral Presentations for Technical Communication. The Allyn and Bacon Series in Technical Communication.
Gurak, Laura J.
Integrating theory and practice, this book is designed to teach presentation skills to students of technical communication, whose careers will involve making complex scientific and technical information accessible to a variety of audiences (including lay audiences). It focuses exclusively on technical communication and provides a rich, interdisciplinary approach to the subject. The book uses a rhetorical approach and balances it with some specific examples and outlines to provide a useful tool for learning about oral presentations in technical communication. After a preface, chapters in Part One, Presenting You, Presenting Your Message, are: (1) Oral Presentations in the Realm of Science and Technology; (2) Dealing with Nervousness; (3) Ethos, Memory, and Delivery; and (4) Other Techniques to Build Confidence. Chapters in Part Two, Audience, Purpose, Beginnings, Endings, are: (5) Know Your Audience; (6) Know Your Purpose; (7) The Importance of Strong Introduction and Conclusion; and (8) The Body of Your Presentation and How to Find Information. Chapters in Part Three, Types of Technical Presentations, are: (9) Presentations That Inform; (10) Presentations That Persuade and Convince; (11) Presentations that Offer a Strategy or Action Plan; and (12) Presentations That Explain How to Perform a Task. Chapters in Part Four, Science, Technology, and Non-Expert Audiences, are: (13) Technical Presentations: Beyond Efficiency; (14) Shifting Science and Technology to the Public; (15) Using Analogy to Explain Technical Ideas; and (16) Visual versus Verbal Communication. Chapters in Part Five, Presentations and Technologies, are: (17) Using Presentation Software; (18) Other Technologies for Oral Presentations; (19) Can I Use This Clip Art? Legal and Ethical Issues When Creating Presentations; and (20) Privacy, Censorship, and Oral Presentations. (RS)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Audiovisual Aids, Communication Apprehension, Communication Skills, Higher Education, Public Speaking, Scientific and Technical Information, Speech Instruction, Technical Writing
Allyn and Bacon, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, MA 02494 ($42). Web site: http://www.abacon.com.
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