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Technical Presentation Skills

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Dublin (Venue TBC)
  • Fee

    Members: €650
    Non-Members: €775

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    13 hours   C4


In conversations, people use concrete language to creatively explain what they do, with stories, examples, analogies, demonstrations, and even images, diagrams and graphs. In presentations, however, people tend to speak in the abstract, fill their slides with bullet points and fail to address the needs of the audience. This course explains why presenters do this and how to put it right. In focusing on the tools for communicating technical content, it will allow you to communicate with the energy and punch that you would in a conversation.

Course Aim

To explain how technical presentations work and help you to select and structure material that you can deliver in a sophisticated way.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Figure out where a presentation fits on the ‘communication chain’, and thus set a clear and realistic aim for your talk.
  • Learn the basic design principles for visual aids which can be so much more than just lists of bullet points.
  • Learn how to create a clear and elegant slideshow in PowerPoint.
  • Learn how cognitive communication tools – such as analogies, examples, stories and demonstrations – allow you to communicate ‘schematically’, as well as just ‘logically’, thus making your technical content easier to comprehend and remember.
  • Appreciate the importance of interaction (a live presentation’s greatest strength) and realise that the audience will learn more if they are active. Learn how to deal with questions.
  • Learn the importance of eye contact and how it can be used to simultaneously modulate delivery, forge a better connection with the audience and emphasize key points.
  • Modify body language by properly positioning yourself in the room and using yourself, essentially, as a visual aid.
  • Learn strategies for controlling nerves.
  • Gain experience and confidence by giving presentations and get video feedback on one of these.

Trainer's profile

Barry Brophy helps people to make technical presentations. Based in the School of Mechanical Engineering, UCD, he teaches two masters modules in technical communication and carries out research on how technical presentations work. He also has an extensive client list in the private sector, including: Abbvie, BP, De Puy, ESB, Faber Maunsell, Jacobs Engineering, Microsoft, PM, Wyeth, etc.

Barry’s approach is to get people to use their conversational skills when making a presentation. The focus can then be placed on crafting content – images, graphs, videos, stories, analogies, examples, demonstrations, interaction – to naturally deliver an audience-focused presentation. He has written two books, The Natural Presenter, 2007, and Awful Presentations, 2017, and many articles, including several for the Engineers Journal. There is more information on his website.


Additional Reading Material

Awful Presentations by Barry Brophy

Copies of Barry's book will be available for purchase for €15 on each day of the course. If you would like to purchase a copy, you will need to pre-order with the CPD Training team by emailing: 

Make a Booking

12 March 2020


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.