Summer 2013:  Session III

English 3405-01W Professional & Technical Writing

Oral Report:  10%




Present a technical product or process idea to senior management.   Assume you are head of a development team that is attempting to sell management on a new-product idea. Or you can assume that you are attempting to convince management to buy a new technology or adopt a new process.  Either way, you must conduct research on your product or technology and then argue your findings in a persuasive oral presentation to your audience.



         Original work! 

         A minimum of 7 to 10 minutes in length

         At the time of the presentation, provide a written report in memo format for the instructor encompassing all of the information presented and the research conducted.  As a part of your grade for this project, this document should effectively (and systematically) mirror your oral presentation.  (If you are not sure how to write a memo, read ahead in your textbook. Information on memo writing can be found in Chapter 7, E-Mails, Memoranda, and Letters.)




Content. A good speech must have a well-defined and limited topic, a stated purpose, and clear development. The focus of the presentation should be the topic of the speech, not the personality, wit, or role of the speaker. Remember that a good speaker always puts the audiences understanding of the topic first.


Organization. Good speeches stress organization. It is much harder to follow a speech than a piece of written communication. As a result, carefully drawn introductions and closings, transitions, and brief reviews are especially helpful for listeners.


Performance. An effective public speaker talks to an audience, not at an audience. Look for eye contact; a steady, slow pace of speaking; an audible, relaxed voice; and the ability to avoid nervous mannerisms, awkward gestures, and an unsteady posture. Speakers should never turn their backs on audiences during speech presentations.


Visuals. Large, easy-to-read visuals and well-planned demonstrations can make a speech much more interesting and understandable to an audience.


Helpful things to do:

         Use PowerPoint (or Prezi or Slide Rocket) slides and illustrations to make your topic clearer.

         Refer to illustrations when you discuss them.

         Use your notes as reminders, not as something to read.


Things not do to:

         Never turn your back on an audience.

         Never try to speak on a topic you have not prepared carefully.

         Never read your slides.



Evaluation Form: Oral Reports







Interesting Title



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Connects with the audience; builds interest.

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States topic and purpose.

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States main points that will be covered.

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Body and Conclusion



Clearly demarcate and announce each point.

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Cover a reasonable number of points.

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Conclusion reinforces the main points or perspective of the report.

 1   2   3   4   5




Speaking style (volume, pitch, rate) is effective.

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Movement and gestures are effective.

 1   2   3   4   5

Has characteristics of conversation rather than written speech.

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Provide effective support and focus.

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Are visible, clear, simple, and controlled.

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Are introduced and discussed.

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Presentation Tools


Make effective use of charts, slides, movies or videos, computer technology, etc.  (circle one or more).


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Day #




Presenter Name


Week Two






M  6/10










T  6/11






1.  Josie Camp




W  6/12






1.  Daniel Stamps


2.  Drew Justus   


R  6/13







1.   Max Martin-Bean


2.   Shane Pratt


F 6/14

1.      Speech Therapy Software


2.     Adopting Cloud Services




1.   Joseph Martinez


2.   David Siver

Week Three






M  6/17






1.   Kimberlee Hathcock


2.   Cody Wahl


T  6/18






1.   Kaela McCarter


2.   Jake Shirley


W  6/19

1.      BYOD


2.     Community Foster Program for Animals



1.   Korey Johnson


2.   Rose Payne


R  6/20


1.      How to Create a VM


2.     Business Proposal:  Retail Establishment




1.  Jonathan Strickland


2.  Abel Bekele   

F  6/21







1.  Jordan Moss   


2.  Ilene Peguero