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.