When we look at putting together a Powerpoint presentation we need to look at the structure of our slides and look at how they convey our message. We need to package this for the maximum impact for our audience. When we are through with our message our audience should take away our keys points and be motivated to do something with them.
In my experience with public speaking and developing interactive presentations I’ve found four main presentation goals that are paramount. If you cover these bases you’ll be on your way to a compelling performance. You can think of these as the Four H’s.
- Head: Make your audience think.
- Heart: Make your audience feel.
- Hands: Compel your audience to do something.
- Humor: Lighten things up with Laughter.
With our basic goals in mind we can get down to the specifics. We need to put together some building blocks that will make our presentation “Stick” in the minds of our audience. One of the best manuals on this subject is a book by Chip & Dan Heath entitled Made to Stick.
The Heath Brothers list six qualities that will help make our presentation memorable. They are..
Over the next few days we’ll take these one at a time and see how they can be integrated into a Powerpoint presentation. We’ll develop a basic slide set that you can download and use, that will include all six qualities.
Up tomorrow… Simplicity.
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