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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