Create a compelling presentation
When you plan your next presentation, structure a basic—but thorough—outline consisting of three parts: introduction, body and closing.
- Open your speech with a hook to grab your audience’s attention. Tell a personal anecdote, recite a relevant quote or state a startling fact. Many presenters use humor, but approach that tactic with caution; jokes sometimes bomb.
- Motivate your audience to listen to you. Give the audience a reason to stay tuned in. Ask yourself: “Who is my audience?” and “Why is this information important to them?” Then tell your listeners why they will benefit from your speech.
- Establish the main message of your presentation. Write your key message in one sentence, using plain language. Let that sentence guide you as you prepare your remarks.
- List three—no more than five—points that support your message. Too many points and your audience will have difficulty remembering them all. Add statistics or anecdotes to illustrate and support each point, choosing memorable information that will allow the audience to absorb, understand and remember your message.
- Do not attempt to cover too much. Limit yourself to the content that you know best. Avoid making assertions that you cannot back up with up-to-the-date facts.
- Aim for 10% to 15% of your total speaking time. For example, if you have 15 minutes, your conclusion should take about two minutes; if you speak for 40 minutes, devote about four minutes to wrapping it up.
- Announce that you are wrapping up your speech. Say “In conclusion, today we’ve talked about …” For this part of your talk, restate in crisp, concise fashion the key points you want your audience to remember.
—Adapted from No Sweat! Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking, WorkplaceTrainingCenter.com.
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