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Part VI: Delivering the Presentation > Presenting a Technical Paper at a Profes...

Chapter 23. Presenting a Technical Paper at a Professional Meeting

Isaiah is an engineer about to present the results of some research he has been working on for the past two years. He is making the presentation at a national meeting of his professional society. It is 1:30 in the afternoon and the room is a bit warm. In his 2½ hour presentation he has over 100 slides to show and has little time for breaks since he is planning to read directly from his manuscript. He is worried that the audience will doze off while he is speaking.


Isaiah’s worry is well-founded. Reading a manuscript in any presentation can be deadly. At a professional meeting especially, there is the expectation of not only excellent content but a lively presentation of the material as well.


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