Presentational

Kristin Woolever writes, "Technical professionals must be skilled not only in writing clearly, but in presenting their ideas orally as well" (409).

In the book Technical Communication, Lay and co-authors show the various ways tech writers give presentations, such as:

  • a two-minute pitch to sell yourself to a potential employer
  • a ten-minute slide show to upper-level managers about a proposed product
  • a scripted talk detailing research results at a professional conference
  • an impromptu explanation of networking systems to interested colleagues

Whether it's explaining progress on a project or holding a press conference on a new product, tech writers are forced to communicate their ideas concisely and clearly to a specified audience. With presentation software, like PowerPoint, they can easily highlight key points and visually display information.

 




Works Cited

Lay, Mary M., et al. Technical Communication. Boston: Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 1995.

Woolever, Kristin R. Writing for Technical Professions. New York: Longman, 1999.