Technical and Professional Presentations and Posters

LMC 3408 Rhetoric of Technical Narratives (Fall 2016, Section D)

Listed for graduate credit as LMC 6215 Issues in Media Studies (choose section BL).

This section of LMC 3408/6215 provides students training in the theory and practice of delivering technical and professional presentations.

You should take this section if some or all of the following are true of you:

  • You want to be an effective presenter in high-stakes environments in your work or academic field.
  • You are nervous about public speaking.
  • You have trouble figuring out how to get started when preparing for a speech or talk.
  • You need to deliver research results with academic posters.

The course is not major-specific. It is designed to provide appropriate training for students from backgrounds as diverse as engineering, business, computer science, public policy, and LMC. No prior public-speaking experience is necessary. Students whose first language is not English (or who learned English abroad) are especially encouraged to register.

You will polish your skills presenting your own academic discipline or profession and develop techniques for presenting your work or research to folks in other disciplines.

You will receive training in the theoretical foundations of public speaking and will have opportunities to create and practice the following forms of communication:

  • Formal research presentation.
  • Formal proposal presentation.
  • Pecha Kucha presentation.
  • Presentation in the style of the Three-Minute Thesis.
  • Impromptu presentation (short talk with little or no preparation).
  • Video presentation.
  • Conference research poster.

You will present in a variety of rooms and with a variety of technologies, learning presentation tools like PowerPoint, Keynote, and Prezi. Students seeking graduate credit will perform an additional assignment and will be graded on higher performance standards.


Only the section of LMC 3408/6215 taught by Dr. Brian Larson is focused on presentations.

In spring 2017, this class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:35 – 2:55 p.m. Meeting room is in Skiles  (check Oscar and note that classroom assignments often change).

More information

For more information, contact Larson (blarson) at his Georgia Tech email (

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