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05/17/08
Technical Presentations
Filed under: Interviewing, First Year on Job, Leadership, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 10:24 am

While it is clear that practice is essential for delivering
great presentations containing material that you understand
well to an audience that you understand, Timothy J.
Koegel’s
book, “The Exceptional Presenter”
provides both informative anecdotes and strong
suggestions.

He points out that exceptional presenters are not
flawless. They are passionate, organized, and engaging
and
deliver to the audience a message they can use.
It is not what they say that counts, but what the
audience internalizes and can use.  The impressions
speakers make by their stage presence and attentiveness
to details that strike the audience are ‘tipping points’
using a common phrase. 
-  Al Gore’s loud sighs,
-  Richard
Nixon’s 5 o’clock shadow and upper lip
perspiration,

-  George Bush’s watch gazing
are things that he points out.


We recognize that our interview presentation is
one of the main ways our technical competence is
appraised. 

Some take-aways for presenters:

60/20 rule - arrive 60 minutes in advance, line up
all presentation elements for 40 minutes.  Spend the
next 20 minutes meeting information gathering and
rapport building.

Non-verbal communications
BAD - T-rex posture;  prefer good posture not leaning
with head up and smile.  Show energy and enthusiasm.
GOOD -
- claw - notice the tv weather woman
- fingers - to show numbers, one, two, etc.,
- horizontal hands to indicate levels and emphasize verbs
- pinpointing dates with vertical hand motion.

AVOID VERBAL GRAFITTI - words: 
clearly,           
actually,            frankly,
to be honest,    I mean, …


Manage elements of nervousness
  - Have your first two minutes “down pat”
  - cheat sheets
  - segment your talk
  - keep the audience wanting more.

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