Oral Presentation

Oral presentations can range from extremely formal (technical presentations to an external audience backed by a slide deck) to very informal (an oral report to a team in a meeting without any visual support). This page covers strategies for a variety of types of oral presentations and, along with our page on designing visuals, should help you develop this important part of your engineering communication toolbox.

  • By Lydia Wilkinson Oral presentations can strike fear into the hearts of many an engineer. This discomfort is something all actors have had to deal with at some point, and that the discipline has developed strategies to address. Performers think of their body and voices as ...

  • Traci-Nathans Kelly, former editor of our IEEE Professional Communication Society book series, is interviewed by The Engineering Career Coach’s Anthony Fasano about her book, co-authored with Christine G. Nicometo,  Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields. Listen here to get some ...

  • Brian Traynor and Ryan Boettger represented PCS at IEEE Sections Congress—‚a triennial gathering of IEEE Section leadership—in Sydney, Australia in August this year. 1250 IEEE members from 165 countries participated the event. We were able to introduce PCS and its activities and publications to many IEEE ...

  • How do you start a presentation? If you have looked for a strategy to plan an oral presentation, you might want to consider Storyboarding, an important technique for planning described by Melissa Clarkson in this post. This technique for developing the structure and content of a presentation helps ...

  • Melissa Clarkson Think about the last time you began to prepare a formal presentation for a group. There is a good chance the presentation included slides. If you were not reusing an old set of slides, you probably opened up PowerPoint or Keynote, picked a template, ...

  • By Pat Truman Three years ago…and I still remember four simple words a presenter said to me after his presentation. His efforts had engaged us for 90 minutes. We’d learned a lot. Our enthusiasm was audible. The session had flown by. I shook his hand and ...

  • By Laurence Anthony How many times have you seen a smoothly delivered presentation with great slides and a clear and logical structure suddenly becoming disappointing or disastrous during the Q&A? Everyone has experienced a presentation Q&A session in which an over- enthusiastic presenter dives in with ...

  • At the IEEE PCS 2014 conference, Michael Alley, winner of the Ronald S. Blicq award for Distinction in Technical Communication, gave an engaging talk on the gap between what is expected of engineers in their professional presentations and what is taught in their classrooms, concluding with a need to ...

  • What’s the best way to handle questions from the audience when presenting? This podcast examines key things you can do to deal proactively with audience questions. [Script Available]