Some presentations don’t impress because key components are missing. Much more fail because they contain too much information. Information overload is present in our contemporary society. The presentation that impresses with a powerful message is the one that is sharp and focused on its aim. So, how to make sure that your presentation does not fall into the trap of providing your audience more information just because you can. What is it precisely that you want your audience to understand not just know at the end of your presentation? Can you describe this aim in one sentence? If you can, write it down. If you can not then work at it until you can. If it will not fit into one paragraph that is sensible, then you have more than one aim and need more than 1 presentation. Keep this aim in mind. Build out in the aim, use mind-mapping or other planning aids if you’re comfortable with them. Immediately around the aim are clustered facts and figures which are essential. Click on the following website, if you are searching for more information about presentation coaching.
Further out there is supporting information that is important. As you get further away from the significance and the value drops off sharply. Be ruthless and eliminate everything that doesn’t construct a picture of your goal in the mind of your audience. Note down all the information, illustrations and arguments; whatever you need. If you are not certain in the early stages whether you will need a particular item, leave it in. But have the guts to throw it out later if it’s not needed. One check question is, ‘would my audience feel cheated if they found out about this later?’ In that case, leave it in. You are not hiding things from your audience; just doing them the courtesy of the having to listen to only what’s necessary. Don’t fall into the trap of filling a thirty-minute slot just because you have been given that time. If you want less, say so. You will probably be thanked, especially if there’s a busy programme.
Of course, if you want more, ask. Never, ever, over-run your own time. Few of us are good enough speakers for our audiences to want more than they asked for. Do you know the difference between an illustration and an anecdote; humour and jokes; friendliness and obsequiousness? For our purposes, the distinction is what you leave in and what you discard. Do use examples if required; don’t ramble off into irrelevant tales. Do be somewhat humorous if appropriate; do not tell jokes, particularly smutty ones. Do be as friendly and open as the occasion allows; do not try to suck up to your audience. If you adhere to these rules, your presentation will be lean and sharp. The lines you draw from your arguments to your conclusions will be evident. Your audience will understand exactly what you wanted them to understand with no distracting thoughts. Your odds of achieving your aim will be much higher. And if occasionally you do fail, at least you will know it was because you failed to convince them not because you lost them on the way.