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Presentation Skills for Technical Professionals

In the Presentation Skills for Technical Professionals workshop, participants learn techniques to improve spoken business messages and even make the process a little easier. Participants learn how to generate more memorable, dynamic talks by motivating and persuading the audience. Extensive practice exercises are emphasized.

Participants are typically videotaped for self-analysis, with instructor feedback. Developing an action/improvement plan follows.


Participants will learn to:

  • Overcome typical fears
  • Control voice and image projection
  • Use visual aids
  • Define message content
  • Develop a presentation planning form
  • Structure the delivery
  • Establish eye and ear appeal
  • Draw listeners in
  • Eliminate emotional "deaf spots"
  • Energize their presentations


Critical Communication Skills

  • The oral message - your "final product"
  • Overcoming typical fears
  • Defining the appropriate communication
  • Targeting your audience

Objectives and Strategy

  • Idea significance (fact vs. opinion)
  • Script practice
  • Vocal intonation and inflection
  • Using visual aids
  • Energy, vitality, gestures
  • Personal appearance

Preparation Process

  • Research ('frontloading')
  • The mechanics and psychology of spoken messages
  • Defining the tone
  • Rehearsal
  • Dynamics of storytelling

How to Establish Eye and Ear Appeal

  • Maintaining interest
  • Pacing--why, when, where to be specific
  • Retaining humanity and warmth
  • Interest inhibitors
  • Drawing the listeners in
  • Movement and posture


  • Individual videotaping sessions


  • Self-critique
  • Measuring results (response checklist)
  • Barriers to two-way communication
  • Emotional deaf spots
  • Doing it better next time
  • Videotape analysis

Who should attend

Executives, project managers, project leads, team leaders, proposal managers, engineers, sales personnel, and anyone who wants to improve their presentation skills.


This course is held on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California.

November 3 and 10, 2018 Day 1 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Day 2 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fee: $895 for the 2 day workshop. Payment for each course is due 2 weeks prior to the first day of the course.

Hours and Credits: Participants will earn 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Tom Stapleton