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Sunday, October 9, 2016
Public Speaking - How to Structure your Presentation
Send your comments on this PRESENTATION STRUCTURE diagram to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you know it or not, any talk or presentation you give to an audience will consist of these components:
- You will have an Opening, even if it is just you walking on to the stage and beginning to speak. - As a courtesy, especially for a longer talk, you will give the audience an overview Signpost of what you will be covering in your talk. The signpost is also the place where you may have to give the audience some "housekeeping" details, e.g. the timing of your talk, the point at which you will have Question time. (Don't leave Question Time until the very end because then it can be a very untidy end to your presentation with, sometimes, people leaving the room before you have a chance to give a summary and close. -The Body of your Talk. Your talk will be on more than one element of your topic. The Rule of Three works well here. This is where you start writing your talk. Don't waste time thinking of the title - it will reveal itself in the body of your talk. Very probably, so will the Close of your talk. - If there's Question Time, place it after the body of your talk. (Email me if you want to know the reasons for this) - Summary: this is where you can acknowledge questions raised in Question Time. You can even introduce some material you may have forgotten to mention. - Call to action: What do you want your audience to do, after you have finished speaking? If it is "nothing" Why are you there? Why are they listening? It can be as little as "Now you are better informed on this topic" through to "Now you have seen what benefits body organ donation can result in, and you can sign up right here and now."
- Close: Here you may repeat what I call your absolute statement.
If you had only 30 seconds to give this presentation - what would be your statement? In one sentence? Make sure that everything in your talk is congruent with this one absolute statement.