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What's the basic structure of a presentation?
Before we look at the model, let's assume you have the most common design for your presentation:
In other words, you have an introduction, a body with several parts, and a conclusion. Pretty standard. But where do you go from there? That's what the model does for you.
What's the model?
The model tells you:
So here's the model—look especially at the introduction:
Simple. But also very powerful. It leads your audience (and you!) step by step, logically, through your presentation. It's the sort of structure your audience cannot get lost in.
Sample presentation following the model
Now let's look at a sample presentation following the model (again, look especially at the introduction):
Moving blueprint and body slides
A presentation with a clear structure like this one becomes easy to deliver.
So far, we've treated the body of the presentation as though it has three parts. Does that mean all presentations must have three—exactly three—parts? No. The body can have any number of parts. Usually you want to limit it to no more than five parts, though. That makes the presentation simpler to follow.
Two extra slides for a computer presentation
For a computer presentation (rather than a transparency presentation), I add two slides. At the beginning and end of my presentation, I put opaque slides:
Instead of showing opaque slides, you may want to show your company's logo.
Your next step
There's much more to learn. Your next step is the cover slide.
2007 by Edward P. Bailey