A technical briefing is a speech that conveys technical information to a specific audience, usually in a workplace.
Technical briefings should be presented in a way that allows an audience to understand and apply critical information. Technical briefings can range from an engineer briefing a group of managers on a current project, to a retail supervisor explaining a new company policy to the store employees. Follow the steps below to ensure your technical briefings are as effective as they can be:
- Know your audience. Avoid using too much industry jargon or material that is too technical for your colleagues to easily understand.
- State the purpose of the technical briefing in one or two sentences and use this summary as the focal point for the entire presentation.
- Arrange the material into an outline containing an introduction, main points and a conclusion.
- Summarize the main points of the technical briefing during the conclusion.
Delivering a eulogy at a funeral or memorial service can be difficult. A speaker is challenged by dealing with their own grief while communicating in an effective and heartfelt way. Here are some tips to help deliver a eulogy:
- Write out a eulogy in detail and practice delivering it.
- Limit a eulogy to two or three main points. A eulogy should not be the chronology of a life but a tribute to it.
- Focus on the eulogized person’s life and times through meaningful stories, anecdotes and quotes.
- Make a eulogy inspiring. Help the audience deal with mortality and help them improve their outlook.
- Use appropriate mannerisms and gestures when delivering a eulogy. The atmosphere of a memorial service does not lend itself to overly dramatic gestures or special effects.
Whether you’re accepting an Oscar or community recognition, Toastmasters International offers these proven tips for delivering a powerful acceptance speech for any type of award:
- Show your personality. Your acceptance speech should come from the heart.
- Be gracious. Acknowledge the good work done by your competitors and thank the organization that selected you for the award.
- Show excitement. You don’t have to climb over chairs or even cry, but the audience should recognize that you’re happy to have won the award.
- Be modest. Your acceptance speech should be heartfelt but not self-congratulatory.
- Practice, practice, practice. Rehearse with a timer, memorize key people to thank and allow time for the unexpected.
Whether you’re new to giving speeches or are a seasoned Toastmaster, these how-to articles will help you hone your skills. Get quick and easy tips for how to prepare and present an award, use visual aids and props, incorporate body language into your presentations, and more. With time and practice, you’re sure to see improvement in your ability to communicate and an increase in your confidence as well.