For webinars, for office work, or for a class, we’ve all had to sit down and make presentations at some point in our lives. But how do you turn what you have to say into something that not only gets your point across, but sticks in your audience’s mind?
Here are our tips for making your presentations polished and perfect!
Show vs. Tell
As a rule, the best presentations are less words and more visuals that amplify the words you’re saying. So don’t write exactly what you’re going to say on your slides—instead, emphasize key words and concepts. Then use your slides to illustrate your ideas with clear, memorable visuals. That way your audience will have ideas in their heads, and mental images with which to remember.
Follow the Formula
A good presentation of 35-40 minutes will usually have 25-30 slides that follow this narrative structure:
- Establish speaker credentials. Introduce the speaker with concrete facts like 15,000 book sales, Amazon Kindle’s Best-seller List, worked with Saks on X Campaign, etc. Omit self-hype or any details that are too vague.
- Establish the problem/pain points. Make clear what problem or problems your presentation will address.
- Establish solutions for each problem. Without going too in-depth, introduce the key solutions to the problems you posed on step 2. This is an outline of what your audience should expect coming up.
- Summary of solutions. Now you can go through your outline and explain each point in-depth!
- Key takeaway action. Explicitly establish what your purpose was and what your audience is meant to take away.
Blogger Babes is honored to have been praised by both bloggers and organizers for its quality presentations—in fact, they’ve netted me paid speaking opportunities and testimonials. With that in mind, we hope these basic guidelines will help you out in making your next presentation informative, memorable, and superb!
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