Presentation Skills for Technical Work: Where are we now? A Two-Part Series from IEEE Professional Communication Society
Published on December 13, 2020
For many, the fundamentals of everyday work experienced a seismic shift in 2020-2021. This short series will cover updated information about best practices for engineering, scientific, and business online presentations given the major shifts towards ongoing remote work circumstances. From online presence to authentic interactions, technical endeavors march on, and strong contributors have had to “up” their performance. We will cover some of the best strategies for both academic and worksite presentations. Attendees are welcome to join one or both sessions. Registration is required, but the sessions are free, via the links below.
Part 1: 21 January 2021, 10am EST
Focus: Presentations for University Work.
We will cover strategies and techniques that will help university instructors and their students (alone or in teams) create their best talks in virtual/remote learning environments. Topics will include thinking about live talks, recorded talks, and individual versus team talks for students. Assessment rubric examples will be offered, along with other references.
Part 2: 28 January 2021, 10am EST
Focus: Presentations for Professional Work.
As we near the one-year anniversary of working remotely, it’s time to take stock of our online presence. Are we using best practices to leverage all we can in online interactions? What are those best practices exactly? Learn how to set yourself up for success and boost your career with practices that work online, in-person, or in hybrid formats.
Traci Nathans-Kelly, Associate Director, Engineering Communications Program, Cornell University College of Engineering.
Traci Nathans-Kelly, PhD, has taught online engineering and technical communication courses since 1997. She currently teaches in Cornell University’s College of Engineering (USA) in the Engineering Communications Program. Her upcoming certificate course through eCornell focuses specifically on engineering and technical presentations for practicing professionals. As well, she co-authored IEEE’s “English for Technical Professionals” online course. Previously, she worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering (USA) in the Technical Communication program. She serves on the IEEE Educational Activities Board in the Continuing Education division, and she is on the Editorial Board for IEEE’s Teaching Excellence Hub. In 2014, based on her extensive work in the field of presentation design, she co-authored the book, SlideRules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields, published by IEEE-Wiley.
Christine Nicometo, Principal, TechForum Consulting LLC
As the founder and principal of TechForum Consulting LLC, Christine brings her passion for solving problems to each workshop, coaching, and training session she leads. During her 17-year academic career, she was a pioneer in online graduate engineering education, first acting as faculty in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master of Engineering Management program, and later designing and leading an innovative online graduate capstone certificate in professional foundations. Parallel to her academic career, she has consulted and developed training programs for organizations such as Boeing, 3M, Cummins, Upsher-Smith Pharmaceuticals, and John Deere. In 2014, based on her extensive work in the field of presentation design, she co-authored the book, SlideRules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields, published by IEEE-Wiley.