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Fourteen Online Presentation Tools

There may be times when you need to present ideas to clients or co-workers and could benefit from one of the many resources for creating online presentations. In this post we’ll introduce 14 different presentation tools to get the job done. Some are free to use while others will come with a cost.

Vandelay Design Blog (2012). Articles>Presentations>Software>Online


FrameMaker 9 User Interface onDemand eLearning Session

An explanation of the logic behind the new FrameMaker interface and a tour of how it works.

Jacquez, R.J. Adobe (2009). Presentations>Document Design>Video>Adobe FrameMaker


Free Microsoft PowerPoint Templates

Our templates are free and we do not offer any kind of support for our templates. You are responsible for editing and modifying the downloaded templates, backgrounds or products.

Kumar, Raja. PowerPoint.in (2009). Resources>Presentations>Document Design>Microsoft PowerPoint


Free PowerPoint Templates   (members only)

These Free Powerpoint Templates are a great choice for a wide variety of presentation needs.

Chaw, Brandy. Powered Templates (2006). Presentations>Graphic Design>International>Microsoft PowerPoint


From Email to the Web: Teaching an ESL Technical Writing Class   (PDF)

This paper discusses the author’s experience of teaching an English as a Second Language (ESL) technical writing class. The class consisted of students from several European and Asian countries who work for the same company as the author. The class began as an email “correspondence” class, but the author developed a web page which served as a “home” for the class to meet. As with most good classes, the teacher ended up learning as much or more than the students. This paper shares some of what the author learned from teaching.

Crawley, Charles R. STC Proceedings (2001). Presentations>Education>Online>Technical Writing


From Ice Cream to Mousetraps: Explaining Technical Communication to K-12 Students   (PDF)

Technical communicators who desire to “spread the word” about their profession will find ready audiences in the educational institutions of their local communities. This paper examines techniques which the author has used in elementary, middle, and high schools to explain technical communication. They are techniques which require the students to do a simplified form of technical writing. The author also explains why doing these types of presentations is an enjoyable activity.

Crawley, Charles R. STC Proceedings (2001). Presentations>Education>Instructional Design


From Inspiration to Action at A.G. Edwards

Discusses how his team of Certified Usability Analysts (CUAs) were instrumental towards making usability a routine practice at A.G. Edwards.

Nadel, Jerome and Pat Malecek. Human Factors International (2006). Presentations>Usability>Workplace


From Last Minute to Ground Floor Development   (PDF)

A transition from being a last minute resource to participating in product design and contributing to overall quality is occurring for many technical communicators. This move is not always easy; there are often many hurdles. With increased awareness of resources such as usability experts, multi-disciplinary teams, and customers, technical communicators can smooth the way and gradually get in at the ground floor.

Adams, Linda, Christopher Morrow and Nicole Vanop. STC Proceedings (2000). Presentations>Usability


From Presenter Ghost to Presenter Host

The classic ghostly figure of a presenter plunged in semi-darkness casting shadows created by the light of a giant projected image is one presenters dread. To avoid this situation, presenters are not defenseless. This blog entry provides 10 ways to regain the upper hand over your thunder stealing co-host, the computer.

Lebrun, Jean-Luc. When The Scientist Presents (2010). Academic>Scientific Communication>Presentations>Advice


From Project Manager To Producer: A Guide to Creating Multimedia Deliverables   (PDF)

As technical communicators tackle multimedia projects, they realize the importance of using a process that can handle the dynamics of multimedia. This paper presents a multimedia development process that was developed and implemented by a team of technical communicators at IBM. It incorporates the basic elements of a standard information development process, and helps guide a team through elements introduced by new media, such as video production and deliverable distribution.

Anderson, Amy. STC Proceedings (1995). Presentations>Multimedia>Video


From Purchase to Productivity: Bridging the Documentation Gap   (PDF)

Marketing documentation entices clients to buy your products. Technical documentation tells clients how to use your products.

Alexander, Bruce, Avis French and Elaine Randolph. STC Orange County (1998). Presentations>Documentation


From Sea to Shining Sea…Bi-Coastal Teaming   (PDF)

This presentation addresses the issues that technical communicators face when team members are in different geographic locations. Issues such as communication, team building, project management and planning, and successful practices that help teams succeed without regard to their physical locations will be discussed. The management of distributed teams, what obstacles managers face, including labor and employment laws, cost-of-living relative to salaries in varied locations, and how to conduct performance appraisals when managers and employees work thousands of miles apart will also be explored, along with employee perspectives and issues of change and collaboration.

Chappell, Leah P., Deborah Gill-Hesselgrave, Strecker Peterson. STC Proceedings (2001). Presentations>Collaboration>Online


Full-Employment Legislation for Technical Writers   (PDF)

Most of us view government regulations negatively. Yet they provide a multitude of opportunities for technical writers. What are these opportunities? Where are they? How can you take advantage of them? A chance opportunity knocked on the author's door. Her experience can guide you to find and knock on opportunity's door.

Dean, Carolyn. STC Proceedings (1993). Presentations>TC>Legislation>Technical Writing


The Future of Education: Lessons Learned from Video Games and Museum Exhibits

Education is hot in business as well. The rise of corporate universities is well established, with companies literally spending billions of dollars to educate their employees. Education is now a business, with multiple companies offering courses and degrees as a successful, profit-making business. Of course, one of the problems when everyone is for something is that everyone has a different idea of what it is that they are for. Everyone who is for education seems to have a different idea of what to do, hence the challenge. The one thing everyone agrees upon is that our educational system is in trouble. Something has to be done to fix it. But what? To me, anything that is truly worthwhile is something that is also a major challenge. If you were facing an easy task, why bother? So it's a great year to be graduating, for anything truly worthwhile, anything that will make a difference, not just to you, but to many, is going to be hard. This is a great year, for there are great challenges ahead of you.

Norman, Donald A. JND.org (2001). Presentations>Education


The Future of Technical Writing in India   (PowerPoint)

Technical Writing in India has experienced explosive growth in business volumes as a result of outsourcing. 75 writers based in India are registered with the STC. Estimated 2,500- to 3,000-strong workforce.

Biswas, Nilanjana. STC India (2003). Presentations>Writing>Outsourcing>India


Gathering Input for the Best Possible Prototype   (PDF)

Prototyping has long been a part of the sofiware development process, but is still an underutilized aspect of documentation design, particularly for online design. Developing a detailed approach to prototyping lets writers design and confirm document usability early in the development cycle. Implementing detailed prototyping in an iterative design cycle ultimately leads to the best possible document for the audience.

Mobley, Karen L. STC Proceedings (1997). Presentations>User Centered Design>Usability


Get to Know XML

The XML format was developed in the 1990s in a hope to develop a universal format for documents, replacing proprietary binary formats that couldn’t integrate with one another. And we’re beginning to see the results. In this talk, Dr. Geoffrey Sauer will present an introduction to XML, with an overview that will explain to people who’re not familiar with it why this is a good thing, and how we can begin to use XML formats to our advantage as technical communicators.

Sauer, Geoffrey. EServer (2010). Presentations>Lectures>Information Design>XML


Getting the Most from the Quality Improvement Process   (PDF)

The Quality Improvement Process can be used to improve customer satisfaction and reduce cost and cycle time. The “R.U.S.T.” four-step action process provides a helpful guideline to begin quality improvement by Recognizing the opportunity for improvement, Understanding requirements and expectations, Starting to apply systematic process changes, and Testing the results by measuring.

McDonald, Audrey M. STC Proceedings (1996). Presentations>Workplace>Assessment


Getting to Know Mic

For a presenter, a high-quality microphone, combined with the right sound system, will give your voice a rich sound that can be heard throughout a room. Here are some things to consider if you want to add a microphone to the company conference room or your presentation traveling kit. The basics A microphone is essentially an energy converter that takes in sound waves and converts them into electrical energy. Two main types of microphones are available: condenser and dynamic. A condenser mic uses a power supply to provide a charge that works with a thin diaphragm inside the unit to create a signal. A dynamic mic creates a signal when the sound pressure moves a coil or ribbon across a magnet. Because they usually produce a richer sound, condenser mics are the more popular of the two; however, they require batteries or a power supply and are more expensive and more fragile than dynamic models. Dynamic mics are usually considered less accurate in sound quality, but they are generally more rugged and can withstand varying temperatures, humidity levels and a lot of abuse. These qualities make dynamic mics ideal for use outdoors or on the road.

Hill, Julie. Presentations (2002). Articles>Presentations>Multimedia>Audio


Getting Your Documents Online   (PDF)

Drawing on experience in bringing the material of many clients to the Internet and CD-ROM, this paper describes how to develop an intelligent online document repository. The paper describes how to plan scalable solutions, how to manage production, what to watch out for, and how to maintain your collections into the future.

Thurston, John. STC Proceedings (2001). Presentations>Publishing>Online


Give Participants Something to Flip Over

Let me start off by saying that I do NOT like toys or other distractions in training. I’m NOT one to provide little widgets to keep participants’ hands occupied or provide cutesy pens or such trinkets. I’ve always viewed them as distractions that shouldn’t be necessary if your training is engaging and relevant.

Traut, Terence R. Presenters University. Articles>Presentations>Rhetoric>Microsoft PowerPoint


Giving Your Screencast

Covers how to begin and conclude your cast and a bit about postprocessing. Then we cover your behavior during your talk and how to get your screencast distributed to others.

Rush, Jeff. ShowMeDo (2009). Presentations>Multimedia>Video>Screencasting


Global Communication: Building a Bridge between Ohio and Japan   (PDF)

In 1999, an alliance was formed between the Central Ohio and Tokyo Chapters. This unique relationship, the only STC sister chapter, was based on the desire to share information about our profession, our industries, and our cultures. This presentation addresses the challenges and rewards we discovered in forging this globe-crossing bond.

Kauppi, Michael, Brenda McGuire, Laura Modisette and Sue Wolford. STC Proceedings (2001). Presentations>Communication>Regional>Japan


Globalization, Pedagogy, and Research

Four presentations about the teaching of scientific and technical communication programs in a highly international industry climate.

Cleary, Yvonne, Clinton R. Lanier, Russel Hirst and Kirk R. St. Amant. CPTSC (2005). Presentations>Education>Globalization



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