Knowing your audience’s frustrations is one of a presenter’s key priorities. So an Opinion Research USA survey contains some key pointers for how to visualise your presentation.
Sound structure and organisation are fundamental for successful presentations. So here’s a very simple guide showing you how to visualise your presentation–either a business presentation or any form of public speaking.
Getting started with a new presentation is always difficult. Whether you want to use a deck of slides or speak using notes then the organisation of your thoughts is critically important. What comes first? How do I finish? What goes in the middle?
Here’s an effective first step approach to help you visualise a very simple presentation or speech. At first it seems to owe more to origami than presentation skills…but wait.
Take a piece of A4 or foolscap paper and fold in half along the long edge. Then fold in half again along short edge. And finally, fold the paper in half again along the long edge.
Now, unlike origami, you can unfold the paper which has the outline of 8 boxes. Reading left to right and top to bottom you can manage your presentation. From the first slide to the last.
Very simple indeed. And for a short speech or brief presentation it might be all you need. At the very least it’s a first step in visualising the layout and flow for your presentation. Or, it might be how you visualise your presentation when you brief others about its content.
For a longer presentation, you can always add another fold. Fold along the short edge after your other folds. And then you have 16 boxes. 16 slides.
You can learn other presentation skills tips and techniques on a PresentPerfectTM training course.
“Don’t agonize. Organize.”