If you have ever prepared a meal, a vacation, or even a business trip, you know how unproductive--and stressful--it is to try to think of everything you will need simultaneously. More likely you think in linear stages. For example, for the business trip, first, you decide where you want to go, then, who you want to see, then your flights, hotel, etc. The same holds true for preparing a presentation. Here is a simple “layer cake” prep sequence that will save you time and guarantee the best outcome.
- Determine the key message for this presentation based on your listeners, what you know about their situation, your objective, and how your assets, features, and benefits align with their needs.
- Laundry list the content you think that supports your key message. Do not attempt to order the information. Just get all your thoughts out on a page. (For those of you who know mind-mapping, mind-map the content.)
- Sequence and edit the items on your laundry list. Decide what should go first, second, etc.
- Decide what visuals will be needed for each item.
- Decide what examples, stories, metaphors, or analogies you will need to reinforce, clarify, or dramatize each of those information points.
- Figure out your links or transitions between points and groups of points to give your story its flow
- Practice 3-5x or until you are comfortable with the material.
Enjoy the “Cake!”
This linear planning approach will give you a rich, relevant, and resonant presentation that your listeners will definitely want to "bite into!"
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