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Yes—this section tells you how to end your presentation. There are several good ways.

Repeat your blueprint slide

If you've gone over something complicated, your audience may appreciate a recap:

Sample ending: repeated blueprint slide

You don't need to retitle this slide. The audience has seen the slide before and knows what you're doing.

For many presentations, repeating the blueprint slide is too mechanical. But there are other ways to end your presentation. Here are a few:

Restate your purpose

Reminding your audience why you gave your presentation can be important, especially if your goal is to persuade them or to tell them a conclusion. That's what's going on here:

Sample ending: repeated purpose slide

Finishing with your bottom line leaves it firmly in the minds of your audience.

Give a summarizing example

The presentation on golf might benefit by showing what types of scores a pro and a hacker might get when playing 9 holes, like this:

Sample ending: summarizing example

The scorecard helps put everything together for the audience.

Call for questions

Many presenters want to take questions from the audience. The best signal for that is a slide asking for questions. Here's an example:

Sample ending: call for questions

Use a combination of techniques

The presentation on golf might end by showing the scorecard for the pro and hacker and asking for questions:

Sample ending: combination of techniques  Sample ending: combination of techniques

Or . . . just end!

For a computer presentation, your last slide should always be an opaque one. If you're through with the body of your presentation, have nothing to say, and don't want to take questions, just go directly to your opaque slide. It says your presentation is over!

Sample ending: opaque slide

Your next step

You've seen the entire model now. Want to see it at work? The next step is to look at the sample presentation.

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