In talks or presentations is it better to use technical terminology or simpler vocabulary and constructions?
When planning your talk, you must pay attention to the language you are going to use.Your style and degree of formality will depend both upon the theme of your talk and your audience.
At school or university your audience usually consists of teachers and lecturers, and you will be expected to use the technical terminology of your specific subject. The more precise and relevant your language is, the higher you will score.
If they are mostly non-experts, avoid technical jargon. At best they will think you are trying to show off. At worst they won’t know what you’re talking about.
In general, it is always better to try and use simple vocabulary and constructions even when explaining complex ideas. Concentrate on what is strictly necessary for your talk and don’t waste words. Avoid overly long, complex sentences with numerous sub-clauses which might cause you to ….. what was I saying? … ah yes … might cause you to lose track of what you wanted to say.
So, the more direct, uncomplicated and concise you are, the more successful you will be.