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Engineering Presentations Development and Delivery Needs for Presentations in Engineering Introduce new ideas for approval Share a purpose/intent Persuade Convey information Communicate progress on project/process Demonstrate ideas/projects/products Wrap up a project Relationships

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engineering presentations

Engineering Presentations

Development and Delivery

needs for presentations in engineering
Needs for Presentations in Engineering
  • Introduce new ideas for approval
  • Share a purpose/intent
  • Persuade
  • Convey information
  • Communicate progress on project/process
  • Demonstrate ideas/projects/products
  • Wrap up a project
know your audience
Know your audience
  • What are the needs/desires?
  • Their roles
  • Their interest to the subject
  • Distant or live audience
  • Size
  • Demographics
  • Attitudes
  • Knowledge
types of presentations
Types of presentations
  • Informative
    • focus on pertinent points
    • introduce small amount
    • repeat often
  • Persuasive
    • motivate and convince
    • demonstrate a need
    • provide proof/evidence
    • show benefits
types of presentation machinery
Types of Presentation Machinery
  • Overhead transparencies or viewgraphs
    • Overhead projector, transparencies
    • Lowest tech of approaches to visual aids
    • More control to presenter over media
    • Easily changed during presentation
    • On-going costly
    • Static multimedia
    • Can become dull/washed-out
types of presentations machinery
Types of Presentations Machinery
  • Thirty-five-mm slides
    • Slide projector, film slides
    • High resolutions and brightness
    • Requires high quality camera
    • Film processing needs to be factored in to lead time
    • Possible equipment difficulties due to sensitivity
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Types of Presentations Machinery
  • Computer-based projection system
    • Computer, projection
    • Initial investment relatively high for projection system
    • High resolution and brightness
    • Include animation, film clips, dynamic slide transition
    • High tech which can be unreliable
basis for presentation
Basis for Presentation
  • Design Templates
  • Introduction, Body, Conclusion
  • Graphic elements, charts
  • Color, animation, video
  • Simplicity
  • Handouts, notes
design structure and template
Design Structure and Template
  • Common background or theme
  • Logos, project name, pictures
  • Standardize size, colors, fonts, style
  • Simple, non distractive
  • Use appropriate color contrast and font size
  • Use horizontal slides
  • Purpose
    • Focuses audience attention
      • Ask a question
      • State an unusual fact
      • Tell an interesting story or historical even
      • Present a catchy phrase or quote
      • Use humor
      • Get audience to talk to you or each other
    • Establishes purpose of presentation
    • Establishes you as a credible source

Power Presentation,Brody, Marjorie and Shawn Kent, pg 89

  • Purpose:
    • Development of presentation ideas
      • Organize in logical manner
      • Use visuals to support data
      • Make points interesting and memorable
      • Involve your audience
      • Use examples and stories
      • Show relationships (C&E, comparisons)
      • Define assumptions and terms
  • Purpose:
    • Review the purpose and/or key points
    • Leave the audience remembering the speech
    • If persuasive, prompt audience for action
  • Structure:
    • Review points
    • Memorable statement
    • Thank the audience
use color animation and video
Use color, animation and video
  • add interest, richness and depth
  • make presentation more dynamic
  • few words on each slide
  • bullet point list
  • phrases
  • talking points
answering questions
Answering questions
  • Ask audience for questions
  • Leave enough time of questions
  • Before answering a question, repeat it
non verbal communication
Non Verbal Communication
  • Visual signals
    • clothing
    • gestures
    • expressions
    • stance
  • Vocal signals
    • volume
    • speed
    • pitch
    • pauses
non verbal visual do s
Non-verbal Visual Do’s
  • Dress professionally
    • Dress appropriately for occasion
    • Dress with colors that compliment
    • Dress for comfort
  • Eye communication
    • Keep eye contact with audience
    • Vary your target
    • Complete a thought or idea
  • Facial Expression

Power Presentation,Brody, Marjorie and Shawn Kent, pg 24

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Non verbal visual Do’s
  • Posture and movement
    • stand upright, hold shoulders squarely
    • open posture
    • don’t sway
    • keep movements smooth, natural
  • Gestures
    • emphasize point
    • use purposefully and sparingly
    • vary gestures
    • palms open and upward

Power Presentation,Brody, Marjorie and Shawn Kent, pg 30

non verbal vocal do s
Non-verbal Vocal Do’s
  • Pitch
  • Volume
  • Rate
  • Emphasis
  • Pause

Power Presentation,Brody, Marjorie and Shawn Kent, pg 30

do s for preparing the presentation
Do’s for Preparing the Presentation
  • Check slides for accuracy and organization
  • Learn to use the equipment before making

the presentation

  • Have pointers, pens, etc.
  • Have backup copies of slides or handouts
  • Practice, practice, practice
do s for giving the presentation
Do’s for Giving the Presentation
  • Speak clearly and loudly
  • If you are introduced, thank the moderator
  • Make a smooth transition between speakers
  • Spend little time changing slides
  • Have a slide on the screen at all times
  • Tell in advance if you are to change topics
  • Use a pointer
  • Keep with the times allocated to you
don ts for giving the presentation
Don’ts for Giving the Presentation
  • Talk to the screen
  • Stand in front of the screen
  • Use your hand as a pointer
  • Point at the audience
  • Put your hands in your pocket
  • Look at watch
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Don’ts for Giving the Presentation
  • Use phrases such as “ah”, “um” or “ok”
  • Use terms that are not defined
  • Read material directly from the slides
  • Switch back to previously shown slides
  • Use material in which you cannot answer questions
  • Elements to successful presentation:
    • Time, preparation and effort
    • Needs of audience
    • Logical flow
    • Presentation types/equipment
    • Visual aids
    • Supporting data
    • Presenter
  • This module is intended as a supplement to design classes in mechanical engineering. It was developed at The Ohio State University under the NSF sponsored Gateway Coalition (grant EEC-9109794). Contributing members include:
  • Gary Kinzel…………………………………. Project supervisors
  • Phuong Pham.……………. ………………... Primary authors
  • L. Pham ………………………………….….. Audio voice
  • References:
    • Power Presentation, Brody, Marjorie and Shawn Kent, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1993.
    • Tools and Tactics of Design, Dominick, Demel, Lawbaugh, Freuler, Kinzel, Fromm, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 2001.

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