A myth that needs busting – a successful presentation is only seen on TedEx
Sure, these are super-engaging with a great following. But you can easily match them through having a sound design process to develop your own successful presentation.
Be clear on who you want to influence and what you want them to do as a result of attending your presentation. Design your presentation with a clear ‘call to action‘ in mind right from the get go.
Step 2. Break it down
To help keep you and your audience on track and moving towards your call to action, we need to split your presentation into three distinct and complimentary chunks:
- So What
- Now What
If you’re doing a research-based presentation, think of how much time you need to put into each of the three chunks.
The common trap is for presenters to spend far too much time on their methodology – i.e. the ‘what‘.
This often results in them running out of time or having to rush the more important parts of their presentation – i.e. so what and now what.
Just think of how frustrating it is for you as a member of the audience when you hear “sorry I need to rush through these last few slides,” or “oh, it looks like I’ve run out of time.” Grrrrr!
People have come to hear you speak to find out something new, not something they already know. Here’s a rough guide on the focus and timing for each chunk of your presentation.
|Chunk||Focus||Proportion of presentation|
The ‘So What’ and ‘Now What’ chunks are where you should be conveying your key messages, this is what the audience has come along to hear.
PS – have a look at the video from the AFAC16 Conference. It features some speakers who participated in my 1:1 Coaching Program. (They’re the well-prepared and confident ones!)