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Ten commandments of structuring a presentation

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 12:12 IST
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Asha Kaul in her book The Effective Presentation, suggests ten commandments of structuring a presentation.

1 Analyse the needs and expectations of the audience: Remember the key to success in any presentation is the ability to hold the attention of the audience and to do this, you must understand their needs and expectations.

2 Be crystal clear in your thinking process and content development: Clarity in your thinking process will help you present your content in a logical and clear sequence.

3 Prepare a story line and follow it consistently in the presentation: A consistent story line helps you focus on your approach and enables the audience to follow the content of your presentation.

4 Work and rework on the opening of the presentation: Attention-gaining strategies in the beginning of your presentation hold the attention of the audience.

5 The audience looks for value in the presentation: You need to properly discuss your issues and establish your points.

6 Use connectives and links to show continuity and flow: All ideas in a good presentation are linked and the link must be shown to the audience.

7 Understand the difference in objective between an informative and persuasive presentation and then begin the process of structuring:  The structure of a presentation depends on the kind of presentation you need to make.

8 Close the presentation keeping the main objective in sight: An impressive closing reverberates in the mind of the audience.

9 Devise methods of making the presentation interesting: These will help you hold the attention of the audience.

10 Prepare the presentation boosters in advance and use them as and when the need arises: These help reduce boredom and ensure concentration.