Without any ado, here’s the structure that I recommend:
|Presentation Stage||Notes||Learning Stage|
|Grab Attention||Attention, Motivation & Confidence||Selection|
|State the Central Idea||Recall & Relate to existing knowledge||Linking|
||Maximum 5, only if you are super sure! 🙂|
|Recap Main Points
Restate the Central Idea
|Call to Action||Practice, Testing, On-the-job training|
Why do I recommend it? Because it serves the purpose of my presentations and I feel, of any presentation in general.
The purpose of your presentation
While defining the aim or purpose of their presentation, people often work with the question
which is a very vague question that may or may not help you. For eg, the following could be some of the many possible answers.
- I want to demonstrate and promote my product or a great useful product.
- I want to teach people a skill.
- I want to teach people a concept.
- I want to share my experience of doing something.
That’s not the aim, but the intention. The question that’ll lead you to the aim should rather be
This question applied to the earlier examples, gives us something more specific:
- I want them to try/ use my product.
- I want them to be able to complete a task in a better way with fewer problems.
- I want people to realise the the true nature of a concept in depth and clear misconceptions and misunderstandings.
- I want people to avoid my mistakes and adopt the practices that worked for me.
In the previous posts, I have discussed how people learn things. In the table above, I have associated the relevant stage of your presentation with the stage of learning involved. We will go into the details in a subsequent post along with a worksheet to help plan your session. At this stage, however, I’d like to leave you with a couple of questions:
- Why only 3 main points (maximum 5)? (Hint: chunking)
- What is the central idea of your presentation?
- What is a call to action?