For a presentation of any length is important to clearly state your goal.
- What do you want your presentation to say?
- What should your audience know after your presentation?
As you compile the research for your presentation you should answer these two questions. Get rid of any information that does not answer these questions.
Just like any great paper a great presentation has a great structure. There are many different presentation structures you can follow guidelinescan, or create your own. For example:
This is one storytelling frame
- Ask your audience a question that frames the speech.
- Tell your audience how you’ll try and answer that question.
- Start with a personal or investigatory story.
- Drill down into the details of how the story applies to your presentation.
- Offer some takeaways or next-actions for this.
- Tell another personal or informational story.
- Repeat the drill down points, the takeaways, etc.
- Thread questions in earlier than the end.
- Finish with a solid set of steps people can use to take action based on your presentation.
Variations on the theme:
- Start with a question about a famous figure.
- Explain that your audience is there to help you figure out if that figure embodies the subject matter you’re covering.
- Ask them to consider the figure at every step in the presentation.
- And present…