Developing technical presentations can be a daunting task. Trying to pitch your presentation to the right level depends entirely on how well you know the make up of your audience. More often than not you’ll find yourself presenting to a group who are either non technical, or not technically versed in what you will be covering in your presentation. This presents the challenge of how can you share information, which you may be very familiar to you, with a group of people who are less familar.
Often the natural recourse is to share everything you know. This is the worst thing you can do! Expecting your audience to pick out the information that they can understand and find relevant to them is dangerous, and will put your audience to sleep. Remember audiences don’t expect to have to work hard during a presentation. One of the more effective ways of disseminating complex technical information is to utilise metaphors. By taking something technical and abstracting it to a metaphor you instantly remove the technical “fluff” and open the door to allowing your audience to understand the concepts and information you are sharing.
Try finding metaphors to use in your next presetation.