Here’s a quick tip to help you write your next presentation. Create an outline first. Organize your thoughts before trying to create the PowerPoint slides.
What is your main point? What do you want your audience to do, after your presentation? In his best-selling business book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, author Steven Covey wrote, “Begin with the end in mind.”
That is vital when writing a speech. You need to organize your ideas so they flow naturally to your conclusion. That makes it easier for the audience to follow your train of thought.
For example, you could organize your speech by:
- Order of importance
- Chronological order
- Implementation or production order (for a process)
So create a speech outline first, before creating the audio-visuals. That will help you keep your presentation on track.
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