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The terms “speech” and “technical presentation” are often used interchangeably. For our purposes it is useful to understand the difference.

A technical presentation is a specialized type of speech. Typically, when we think of a speech we think of a dedication speech, a political speech, a speech of tribute or some similar event that is more public in nature than a presentation would be.

Technical presentations are speeches that are usually given in a business, financial, technical, professional or scientific environment and usually involve the discussion of data. The audience is likely to be more specialized than those attending a typical speech event.

Although the difference between speeches and presentations is slight, this book leans toward helping those who give technical presentations. But, because a presentation is a type of speech, there are ideas and skills in this book that will also be helpful to any speech-maker.

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