Part Two: Your Second Strategy on How to Give a Presentation

executive speech coach Karen Reisman Table of Contents

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“How to give a presentation” Tip 2: Design your “table of contents”

Once you’ve answered the questions posed in my Part One Blog on “how to give a presentation” you are now ready to create the skeleton of the body of your speech.

Divide your topic into three segments, categories, or reasons. I can be bought: you can go down to two and up to five categories, but that’s IT. You can’t have more than five categories. Why? We can’t handle anymore. We won’t remember anything you say and you may not remember your information either if you have too many sections.

The “rule” for these category labels: the shorter the better. In fact, I prefer for you to use just one word labels like Debt, Equity, Risk or Content, Organization, Delivery or Cost, Time, Structure.

These labels become your Table of Contents. You will actually reveal your Table of Contents in your speech before you begin the body of your presentation.

You will stay more organized and, even better; your audience will know where you are and where you’re going. It’s like you are driving the bus and you’ve given your bus riders a map.

Again, stay tuned to additional blogs on how to give a presentation and what to do next.

Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with organizations on how to communicate to make more money. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Read more at www.SpeakForYourself.com/blog/

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