Tips for Developing Your Presentation
Introduction | Background | Conclusion/Summary | Additional Tips
- Introduce the content, and catch the attention of your audience immediately.
- Provide the intended benefits, organization, and ground rules of presentation.
- Include an agenda and goals for the presentation.
- Establish credibility and expectations.
- Consider asking attendees to take a moment to introduce themselves to the people sitting next to them (this will foster interaction both during and after your session).
Questions a Good Introduction Will Answer:
- What? An overview of the presentation.
- Why? The purpose of the presentation.
- How? The format you will use, and what the audience can expect to see and learn.
- Who? Introduce yourself and your collaborators.
- What is the problem and why is it a problem?
- What has been done about it before?
- What is the presenter doing (or done) about it?
- What additional value does the presenter's approach provide?
- Where do we go from here?
- What is the purpose of your presentation?
- What is the goal of your presentation?
- What is your main message?
- What is in it for the audience?
- Provide any background information necessary to ensure the understanding of key points.
- Place your topics in context.
- Key points:
- Identify your priority topics and refer to your advertised abstract and learner outcomes.
- Present each key point as an "argument"; and share the largest, latest, or most important data.
- Create a list of the five key points that should be remembered; under each main topic, write out the main message you want to convey.
- Organize points from most to least important.
- Determine your supporting data to reinforce those points (evidence).
- Draw conclusions:
- Where are we?
- What does it all mean?
- What do we do now?
- Summarize your presentation:
- Review, highlight, and emphasize three to five key points.
- Make a call to action.
- Reconvey your key message/s.
- Acknowledge collaborators.
- Thank your audience.
- Information should be concrete, specific, practical, and relevant.
- Candidly include pros and cons.
- Attendees typically remember groups of three ideas/points.