ORAL - Rev Apr-10 West Virginia University Department of...

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Rev Apr-10 West Virginia University Department of Chemical Engineering Oral Reports When presenting an oral report it is important to realize that the audience cannot digest material in the same way as they can when reading a report. There will be no time for them to reread a sentence or paragraph, or to study a table or figure. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the speaker to emphasize the important points. The recommendations that follow, though written for any type of oral presentation, are written within the context of a design presentation. All oral presentations are organized as follows: 1. tell the audience what you are going to tell them 2. make your presentation 3. remind the audience what you told them With this in mind, here is one way to organize an oral presentation. Title Page Identify the report and the presenters on a visual aid. Outline Tell the audience what you are going to tell them, and use a visual aid for reinforcement. This is usually an outline of the report. It is not sufficient to list the structure of the report, i.e. , introduction, results, discussion, conclusion. You should include a few words abstracting the contents of each section. Note: this visual should not be entitled “Agenda.” Early in your talk, describe the project, flowsheet, etc., in general, before the details. Also, early in your talk, mention the “bottom-line” conclusion. Results This follows the outline of the results section of a written report described in the document entitled Written Design Reports . However, there are a few important points to remember. First, a detailed stream flow table will not be easily seen or understood by your audience. Second, what is effectively communicated in a table in a written report might be best communicated orally using a graph or pie chart. Avoid using complex tables and figures with small print. These can neither be seen in the back of the room nor digested by anyone.
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2010 for the course CHE 202 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at WVU.

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