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Tip #3: Tell a Story
EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD STORY. CREATE AN INTRODUCTION, CLEAR SECTION BREAKS, AND A CONCLUSION.
Writing your content in story form will help create a logical flow of information and aid in audience comprehension. Great presentations have 3 distinct parts: an introduction, a middle, and a conclusion or summary. These distinct sections serve as subject change indicators and will help the audience remain engaged.
WRITE A SCRIPT OR OUTLINE TO ORGANIZE INFORMATION AND ENSURE A LOGICAL FLOW.
When writing a script for a presentation, follow the ‘KISS’ rule – KEEP IT SHORT and SIMPLE. Smaller, concise sentences help get your message across. The Outline view in PowerPoint will help you remain organized. Appearing on the left side of the screen, this feature allows you to edit a slides’ content all at once without clicking through individual text boxes.
MEMORIZE KEY POINTS AND USE THE ‘PRESENTER NOTES’ FUNCTION WITHIN POWERPOINT AS A QUICK REFERENCE. ALWAYS INCLUDE A CONCLUSION/SUMMARY SLIDE AS A WRAP-UP.
Use Presenter Notes to add key points you want to touch on and may forget otherwise. These are visible at the bottom of the slide and are only seen by the presenter. The conclusion /summary slide is a final opportunity to summarize and review the major key points of your presentation.