8 Questions to Ask Ourselves Before a Presentation

Too many presentations are prepared only with PowerPoint slides in order and nothing else.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Chris Brogan, a prolific speaker, discusses in OpenForum.com that far too many times we rely exclusively on PowerPoint slides and forget the basic elements needed to prepare a successful presentation.

According to him much of the planning can be done by methodically answering the following questions:

My main goal of this presentation is for the audience to ______.

The top 3 things I need the audience to take away from this presentation are ____, ____, _____.

In the first few minutes (no more than 2), I will capture this audience by _____.

If my gear dies, the main 3 things I will tell them are ____, ____ , ____.

If they start looking bored or confused, I will shift gears by _______.

At the end of this presentation, I want people to ______.

When I’m done the presentation, I will _____ .

When following up with people after this presentation, I will offer them _____.

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