What’s your technique for giving a good presentation at a meeting? Having sat through hundreds over the years (good and bad), and given quite a few (mostly mediocre), I think there’s no substitute for sketching out a structure, using this to write a full ‘paper’ and then creating three separate, parallel presentations.
The first of these presentations is what you’ll say: paring back the full ‘paper’ to get rid of tables, illustrations and supporting data which can’t be expressed verbally. If you’re a good speaker, you’ll probably then just make the whole thing into a series of headings and essential points which you can talk around; but there’s no shame in having a full script.
The second presentation is the visual one: this should contain little more than the charts and tables which you got rid of above but which you still need to show your audience. You don’t need anything else other than the headings (perhaps illustrated) from your sketched-out structure.
And finally there’s the takeaway document for your audience, which is the original ‘paper’ you wrote.
We all know that the worst presentations put far too much text into the visual presentation, with the speaker just reading out what’s on the screen. There’s no need for this: presenters who require a script should be reading it from a piece of paper, not showing it to their audience on a big screen.
Got any tips? Add them in the comments.