Published on November 11, 2014

IEEE USA will be presenting a webinar, led by Dr. Traci Nathans-Kelly, on slide design for presentations, titled “That Bullet Is Not Magic – Avoid Presentation Mistakes and Create New Best Practices ” on December 4, 2014, 2:00-3:00pm EDT. 


As an engineer or technical specialist, your work relies on creative thinking, problem solving, and an awareness of what works and what does not. But when it comes to presentations, the task can seem unsurmountable. When faced with giving a talk, the familiar seems safest. Often, the “traditional” mode of creating numerous slides with too many bullets and words is a default format, borne out of a generosity of spirit (you want to share complex information) combined with a basic uneasiness about presenting in general.

You can regain footing as a subject matter expert and technical leader by reworking old presentation habits for technical topics, and this workshop will get you started. Traci Nathans-Kelly and her colleague Christine Nicometo have found techniques that can enable you to recapture your confidence and provide technical information to both in- house colleagues and to outside clients in a clear, confident manner.

In this workshop by Nathans-Kelly, the focus will be on how to transform slides, used ubiquitously in engineering work. Slides are the stepping-off point that allows for a complete reconfiguring of how technical and engineering work (management, too) is shared, dispersed, and archived within organizations. These techniques are not theoretical—they are being used successfully in engineering firms around the globe. By the end of this workshop, you will have some new techniques, easily adaptable to your organization, that will enable your and your work to shine.

Attendees will receive a 25% discount code for the book Slide Rules, offered by the IEEE Professional Communication Society.

About the Presenter

Traci Nathans-Kelly, Ph.D., teaches engineering and technical communication at Cornell University and also at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in their respective Colleges of Engineering. Her work allows her to inform the practices of engineers at all levels—from practicing engineers on the job in almost every sector of engineering work to undergraduates readying themselves for job demands. Sponsored by the IEEE Professional Communication Society, she is the series editor of the Wiley-IEEE Press line titled “Engineering Professional Communication,” where she helps engineers and communicators alike bring their ideas to wider audiences, both academic and professional. She gives workshops on various engineering communication topics to audiences in the professional and academic realms alike. Nathans-Kelly was recently part of a National Science Foundation grant studying the alignment of engineering education with practice. Her recently published book, Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields, with co-author Christine Nicometo, focuses specifically at the specialized presentation needs of the practicing engineer. See more at or