Do you want it fast, good, or cheap? Engineering your technical message for any audience


The IEEE Montreal Section cordially invites you to a talk by Ryan Boettger, associate professor of Professional and Technical Communication at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, USA. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Please register using the link provided below.



Have you ever delivered a presentation with no time restrictions, unlimited resources, and boundless scope? Probably not. But you have had to sit through presentations where speakers believed they had all of the above. You were probably bored and potentially missed valuable information.

Communicating technical information is challenging. You have nuanced problems to address and a limited amount of time to communicate the solutions. Similarly, your audience cannot act on your information unless you acknowledge their constraints – typically the time and money involved in implementing your solutions.

In this presentation, I relate the qualities of the project management triangle—fast, good, and cheap—to professional communication. Understanding what your audience needs and expects, allows you to tailor a message that responds to their constraints and generates results. I also discuss how these qualities can be combined based on audience analysis skills. You can apply these strategies to any communication situation, whether that be a 60-second elevator pitch with a manager or a formal presentation to a group of engineering colleagues.


  Date and Time




  • Concordia University
  • 1515 Saint-Catherine St West
  • Montréal , Quebec
  • Canada H3G 2W1
  • Building: EV Building
  • Room Number: EV 2.309
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  • Co-sponsored by IEEE Montréal Section, IEEE Young Professionals Montréal, IEEE Student Branches of Concordia University, École Polytechnique de Montréal, and McGill University, and IEEE Montréal Industrial Relations Committee.
  • Starts 01 March 2018 12:00 AM
  • Ends 22 March 2018 09:00 PM
  • All times are Canada/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge
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<p><strong>Dr. Ryan Boettger</strong></p>

Dr. Ryan Boettger


Ryan Boettger is an associate professor of Professional and Technical Communication at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, USA. He received his PhD and MA in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University and a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Boettger is an actively funded National Science Foundation researcher in STEM education. His other research areas include curriculum development and assessment, content analysis, and technical editing. Professionally, Dr. Boettger has worked as a technical editor for the Texas Army National Guard and as the Managing Director of Grant Proposal and Program Development for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Boettger is an active IEEE member. He is the former deputy editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and the current editor of the Wiley-IEEE book series in Professional Engineering Communication.