The ability to perform effective technical demonstrations is an important skill for everyone to possess. Students are required to do this throughout their academic years, as special school projects often have to be presented to classmates and teachers. These types of demonstrations are also necessary in the workforce, whether you are giving an update to a project team, making a sales presentation to a client, or trying to convince your supervisor of the validity of a proposal. This skill is invaluable no matter what your career aspirations.
Completing a well thought out and detailed demonstration can give you confidence in yourself and your abilities. In preparation, you should thoroughly research your topic and make notes on what you need to cover, so that you won't forget anything. Using your props, practice what you are going to say and do several times to avoid problems later on. Being organized will invariably make the technical demonstration flow more smoothly and aid you in effectively delivering the information you are trying to convey. Be sure to speak in a clear and concise manner in a tone of voice with varying pitch as you describe step by step the skill that you are demonstrating, so that your audience will not only be able to understand you, but will also stay interested.
Traits & Talents
To give good demonstrations you need to be confident and feel comfortable speaking in front of a group. You should be creative and able to think on your feet when answering unexpected questions about the skill you are demonstrating. Flexibility and adaptability are important when things don't go as planned, although thorough research and good organization beforehand can avert most major mishaps. Speaking clearly and concisely, neither too rapidly nor too slowly, will make a big difference in the quality of your demonstrations.
Being able to demonstrate your technical skills is an invaluable asset in any area of work. A demonstration that is both intelligent and appropriate can impress your employer and lead to promotions and higher wages. Communicating effectively, especially in front of a group, is an asset which will increase your personal value and help you to move upward within your chosen career.
- Public Speaking