126 to 6? Don’t start with 126 in the first place – start with 1!
Here’s ten questions Andrew Abela suggests you ask yourself or others when preparing and designing your presentation to get you off on the right foot.
- Who are the most important members audience?
- What you want your audience to think and do differently as a result of your presentation?
- What’s the most important problem that your audience has, and what’s your contribution towards a solution to it?
- Do you have a wide range of evidence?
- Are you supporting your evidence with well-structured anecdotes?
- Is every important new piece of information in your presentation sequence preceded by a Complication that creates the need for that information in your audience?
- Have you selected the best chart for communicating each data-supported point, and are you showing enough detail?
- Does the layout of each page reinforce the main message of that page?
- Have you identified all stakeholders that could affect the success of your recommendations, and do you have a plan for dealing with each?
- Do you know how you will measure the success of your presentation?
Abela, AV 2013, Advanced presentations by design : creating communication that drives action, 2nd edn, Pfeiffer, San Francisco. p152