by Peter Watts
Preparation is everything.
While we focus on our content, and sometimes fuss about our slides, it’s essential we never forget about the framework holding everything together.
- How will we introduce and conclude?
- How should we segment the content into logical bite-sized pieces?
- How do we pull together our fundamental arguments?
- How can we handle the questions at the end?
That’s why I’ve put together this page with links to the various Presenters’ Blog topics on the subject of presentation structure.
Behind each of the following links, you’ll find ideas and tips for successfully navigating the stages of successful presentations:
The skills you need to find your feet during the crucial opening moments.
The Main Message
Identifying the key themes you want your audience to walk away with.
Presentation protein is held in the sinews of your argument. Here’s how to make it compelling, relevant, and nutritious.
Divide and Conquer
Lessons from the actress Carrie Fisher as she controls content by dividing it into manageable stepping stones within her one-woman show.
Be Competitive, But Don’t Present Your Competition
The best competitive pitching structures follow the golden guideline: “Counter competitors, but avoid attacking them”.
Concluding Your Presentation
How to ensure your final words, are memorable words.
Handling the Questions At The End
Audience members ask questions for a whole variety of reasons. Step-by-step ideas for how to handle those different types of question.
Handling The Question That Mustn’t Be Answered
Occasionally we are asked a special type of question: The hostile question. What to do on the rare occasions when an audience member lobs a curve-ball.
If there are additional structural topics that you’d like to hear about, do let me know in the comments box.