This is teaching granny how to suck eggs, but necessary.
Before you even think of firing up your powerpoint program, go analog! Get a piece of paper, a pencil and an eraser, sit in a quiet spot and work out how you are going to present your message. Why? Because it’s like this image, and the alliteration of the seven “p”s that they taught me in the Army.
“prior preparation and planning prevents p*ss poor performance”.
Any story or presentation should have three parts – a beginning, middle and end. No big revelations there, but you’d be surprised at how many presentations I’ve seen where it’s difficult to distinguish these, apart from chronology. Receiving an amorphous mass of facts and figures with no structure can be extremely irritating.
Here’s the structure I’ve adopted and will be using for following articles. Click on it to enlarge, or, you can download a pdf copy here .
Apart from the sections I’ve outlined above, there is also a branch called theme. We’ll discuss this in a later article.