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>>Now the questions.
>>Has anybody here made presentations to groups of technical
>>writers on this
>>or related subjects? If yes, what topics did they tend to find most
>>interesting? What areas do they find least interesting? Are
>>there areas in
>>speech making they already have some background in just by
>>virtue of working
>>as technical writers?
MANY tech writers (and people in general) find the very thought of standing
up in front of a group of people heart-stoppingly terrifying. Most of the
information that I give to people on doing stand-up presentations is to know
your material, talk normally, don't read a script or slides. Being a writer
generally means you know how to organize your information (a biggie!). But
it also means people tend to script everything and then just read the script
(a bad idea).
>>If you do presentations as a technical writer, in general
>>terms, what kinds
>>of talks do you do most often? Briefings to supervisors and
>>Presentations to customers and clients? Presentations to
All of the above, and then some. I present all sorts of stuff to company
executives, fellow workers, fellow tech writers. Who ever needs it and will
sit still through it all!
>>If you use visual aids in your talks, what kinds do you use
>>PowerPoint presentations? overheads? models?
Whatever is appropriate. PowerPoint slides primarily, with screen shots,
etc. as needed.
>>If you've seen other technical writers do presentations, are
>>that stand out in your mind as being particular weaknesses?
They don't violate more of the good speaking guidelines than the general
public do ... Things to remember:
Speak loudly enough
Don't trail off at the end of sentences
Maintain eye contact
Animate your voice
IDe, Concord, MA
jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
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