TECHNICAL PRESENTATION SKILLS

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WITS PLUS

TECHNICAL PRESENTATION SKILLS

Join us on the Wits Campus for our evening class in Technical Presentation Skills, offered over 14 weeks in two hour sessions. The course is offered at the University of the Witwatersrand in lecture format. You will be guided through this programme by a certified World Class Speaking Coach.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

This course aims to introduce participants to the basic principles of public speaking and then to look at the special skills required to make a world class technical presentation. It includes the opportunity for course participants to put into practice what they learn by presenting a number of speeches during the course and receive feedback on these presentations from the World Class Speaking Coach.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Matric or equivalent is a pre-requisite and participants need to be fluent in English.

OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCIES

To improve the level of competence of participants in technical presentation skills.

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE

This unique course comprises a series of lectures combined with practical exercises. Topics covered are the following: • Develop a solid structure for your presentations. • Develop compelling content for your presentations. • Develop compelling stories that make unforgettable points. • Open and close your presentation with impact. • Enhance your presentations with dynamic delivery. • Persuade your audience members to take the next step. • How to effectively use visual aids. • How to present technical information effectively. • How to handle question and answer sessions. Detailed course outlines will be given to participants in the first lecture.

COMMENCEMENT DATES

Semester 1: February: Tuesdays 17:30 – 19:30 Semester 2: July: Tuesdays 17:30 – 19:30 

TARGET AUDIENCE

The course will be of value to any person who wishes to learn more about making technical presentations. Anyone who makes any type of presentations (e.g. sales, technical and management presentations), which include presentation of information and data as part of their job at any level in an organisation or as an entrepreneur, will also benefit.

ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCE

Students will be required to attend the lectures, submit assignments and write an examination. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of 50% to satisfy the requirements of the programme and receive a certificate of competence.

LENGTH OF THE COURSE

Lectures will take place once a week over 14 weeks. The duration of each lecture will be two hours (24 total contact hours). The 13th lecture will be revision and will be followed by the 14th a three hour examination.

WHO IS THE LECTURER?

The course will be facilitated by Dr Ian Bratt, an experienced Toastmaster and certified World Class Speaking Coach.

 

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