Fast Track To Advanced Toastmaster
A guide to the objectives, time, and materials

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Technical Presentations  226-H

Project 1: The Technical Briefing
• To organize technical material into a concise presentation using a systematic approach.
• To tailor the presentation to the audience’s needs, interests, and knowledge levels.
Time: 8 to 10 minutes.

Project 2: The Proposal
• To prepare a technical presentation advocating a product, service, idea, or course of action.
• To present your viewpoint logically and convincingly, using an inverted pyramid approach.
• To use a flip chart to illustrate your message effectively.
• To handle a question and answer period effectively.
Time: 8 to 10 minutes for the speech; 3 to 5 minutes for the questions.

Project 3: The Nontechnical Audience
• To understand the principles of communicating complex information to nontechnical listeners.
• To build and deliver an interesting talk based on these principles.
• To answer the audience’s questions that arise during the presentation.
• To use overhead transparencies to illustrate your message.
Time: 10 to 12 minutes.

Project 4: Presenting A Technical Paper
• To deliver an interesting speech based on a technical paper or article.
• To use a flip chart, overhead projector, or slides to illustrate your message effectively.
Time: 10 to 12 minutes.

Project 5: The Team Technical Presentation
• To understand the nature and process of a team technical presentation.
• To conceptualize a briefing or proposal involving three or more speakers, including yourself.
• To assemble a team of club members capable of getting the job done.
• To orchestrate the planning, preparation, and delivery of a team technical presentation.
Time: 20 to 30 minutes.
• Arrangements for this project should be made with your club’s Vice President Education well in advance.  You should also arrange for each speaker to be evaluated.

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