Greg Owen-Boger - Feb 23, 2010

Delivering Technical Presentations That Are Not Boring

This question was posted in a message forum on LinkedIn.

QUESTION: My technical presentations are boring.  What can I do about it?

ANSWER: Technical presentations are often boring because the presenter fails to understand the goal of the presentation. Instead of thinking “I need to tell them everything I know” they should be thinking “I need to engage them in the conversation so that they leave the room understanding this stuff." In more persuasive situations, “ready to take action.”

This shift in thinking will lead you to realize that your role should be that of educator, not just speaker.

In addition, I often hear technical and financial people grumble that they can’t get excited about their topic.

Well… that may be the case, but you still have a responsibility to your listeners. If you can’t get passionate about your topic, find a way to get passionate about helping your listeners understand it.

by Greg Owen-Boger, VP and Trainer at Turpin Communication

Written by Greg Owen-Boger

Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches. When he’s not with clients, he manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger, and the co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. His latest book, also co-authored by Dale Ludwig, launched in 2017 and is entitled Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.