Six Tips for Talking Technical
When Your Audience Isn’t
By Janis Robinson
Presenter: Samir Chahid
• What is Technology?
• Explaining the Six Tips for talking
What is Technology?
• Technology is “the branch of knowledge that deals with the
creation and use of technical means and their interrelation
with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such
subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and
pure science.” (dictionary. COM)
• Technology is everywhere, and it is always updated, but it is
not necessarily for everybody to be aware of how to deal
• Technology can be used to create an effective
communication and connection between the speaker and
1. Determine the audience’s
technology level before you speak
• The speaker needs to meet with few audiences before the
presentation just to see what is their levels of understanding
the new technology.
• He has to know what his audience want to learn from his
experience. Do they want to learn a lot to help them in their job
or just a little?
• He must be clear, more specific, and go to the point. His
presentation must be interesting and short as possible, in order
for the audience to follow it and not get tired or bored.
• He has to make sure what is the interests of his audiences to
make sure he won’t miss anything in the presentation.
• By meeting with few participants, the speaker will know what his
audience will do with the info after the session ends.
2.Put your audience at ease
• There are two kind of audiences;
− Audience who join and attend the presentation, because they are interested and have a desire
to achieve their goals and get more experience in their jobs.
− Audiences who attend the presentation just because their bosses asked them to attend it, and
may be their positions depend on their attendance; so they might seemed afraid or confused:
− Suggestions: [relax the insecure participants]
• Use friendly atmosphere
• Humor / Making fun of anything but not the audience
• Try to spot anyone who is truly afraid
• Ask audience questions and make them participate
− If possible, and if the speaker has the opportunity to meet with the uncomfortable people
before the presentation and ask them privately why they are afraid, it will be better.
3.Don’t be a techno-snob
• The speaker has to avoid using sentences such as “It’s obvious,”
“ It’s common knowledge”, or “As you all know” while his giving
• These sentences make the audience get confused and hard to
follow the presenter, because they think they are the only
people who don’t know what the speaker is talking about.
• The speaker was asked to speak because he is the expert and has
a lot of experience, but at the same time he has to know that his
rule is to pass his experience to others.
• While explaining the materials, he has to explain step by step
slowly and make sure that everybody is following, and try do
not make anyone be embarrassed because they are not familiar
with the materials.
4.Avoid using jargon or acronyms
• First of all, the speaker has to take the audience in
consideration; in other word, the presenter has to
use a sample words that can be clearly and fully
understood by the audience.
• In order to create a good connection between
presenter and his audience, he has to use simple
context, sample words (not technical or key words).
• While talking about technology, he has to use simple
words or if he does use complex words he has to make
sure that he is ready to explain more and has to
have an answer for questions.
5.Use verbal illustrations
• The presenter has to spark his audiences by using their
languages and by using some key words that will capture
his audience’ attention(pictures, ask questions, and true
• He has to choose general key words that make sense to
his audiences rather than using technical words, so they
won’t get confused.
6.Whenever possible show, don’t tell
• The speaker may use a visual tools such
as videos, pictures, or charts, etc that
support his ideas.
• Sometimes, visuals give better
explanation to the audiences and get
directly to the main point than just
listen to a speaker.
• Finally, I would say that the six tips for talking
technical described earlier can help the presenter to
be prepared and make plans of what he will say in his
presentation in order to be understood and followed
by his audience. Moreover, It will help him make his
presentation more effective.
• Technology is a part of our daily life and everyone
needs to be aware of it.
• Technology can be used to create communication and
connection between the speaker and the listener.