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Free Seminar Set on an Effective Presentation
January 13, 2005


MACON—Renowned professional communicator Dr. Jean-luc "JL" Doumont will give a free seminar entitled "Making the Most of Your Presentation" at Mercer University's School of Engineering. His presentation will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, in room 210 of the Engineering Building on the Macon Campus, just off I-75 and Mercer University Drive. The event is open to the public.

A guest of Mercer's Technical Communication Department faculty, Doumont is an engineer with a doctoral degree in applied physics from Stanford University.  He has extensive experience in teaching engineers to write and speak effectively.  The Belgium resident's visit is part of a South American-North American tour of universities and companies throughout January.

In his description of the seminar "Making the Most of Your Presentation," Doumont notes,  "Effective oral presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists and other professionals, all the more so in today's highly competitive global marketplace. Oral presentations have (potentially) more impact than written documents or electronic exchanges, for they favor a richer rapport with the audience, thanks to the speaker's physical presence and ensuing nonverbal communication (vocal and visual)."
Doumont will provide a step-by-step process for an effective presentation, including how to plan the presentation, design the presentation, create visuals for the presentation, deliver the presentation, and answer questions about the presentation.  He will also offers tips on how to manage nervousness.
Tuesday's speaker is a Senior Member of the Society for Technical Communication and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow and member of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, and a member of the Professional English Research Consortium and of the TeX Users Group. He recently served on the board of directors of the IEEE Professional Communication Society.