edc_2011_27 - Chapter 27 Oral Design Presentations CHAPTER...

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Chapter 27: Oral Design Presentations 273 CHAPTER 27: ORAL DESIGN PRESENTATIONS Chapter outline Preparing the presentation Analyzing purpose and audience Organizing the presentation Making the presentation persuasive Preparing effective slides Delivering the presentation Effective delivery Using the prototype to communicate your design Managing presentation technology Presenting in a professional way Rehearsing the presentation Key guidelines for oral design presentations Minimize the amount of text on each slide, and make the font big enough for people at the back of the room to see Use easy-to-see graphics (photos, drawings, charts) to complement the text Use your prototype to explain and support the design Cite research and test results to support decisions about design fea- tures Face the audience while speaking and project your voice Use precise language in your explanations Answer questions non-defensively and clearly—with supporting data Be professional: dress appropriately; introduce and thank your client; make smooth transitions from speaker to speaker; pay attention even when you're not speaking Good engineers need to be good speakers. They need to identify and explain problems, propose solutions, persuade others to take a particular action, and give reasons for their decisions. Researchers who surveyed over one hundred
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Chapter 27: Oral Design Presentations 274 engineers with an average of fifteen years of experience found that “for the individual interested in career advancement, the ability to give a formal pre- how to plan an effective presentation, including how to make good Power- Point slides, and then deliver the presentation persuasively and professionally. 27.1 PREPARING THE PRESENTATION 27.1.1 Analyzing purpose and audience As in planning any type of communication, you should begin by considering what you want to accomplish (your purpose), who you are communicating with, and what that implies for your content and tone. The primary purpose of your spring quarter final presentation is to explain your design and persuade your client that it is an excellent solution to the problem. In that final presenta- tion, your audience will comprise four different groups: 1. your client—and possibly others from your client’s organization—who wants to know how your design solves the problem 2. your instructors, who will evaluate your presentation for clarity, persua- siveness, and professionalism 3. your classmates, who want to see your final design 4. visitors, such as clients of other groups, who know nothing about your project and would like to hear a clear, interesting presentation To present your design clearly and persuasively to this diverse audience, your team will need to work together to deliver a solid group performance. In EDC you will have 30 minutes for your final presentation, the typical
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