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10 Steps to Successful Presentations by ASTD

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STEP TWO

Develop and Structure Your Presentation

OVERVIEW

Components of any presentation

Engaging the audience

Openings, transitions, and closings

Creating the presentation outline and body content

Nine qualities of effective presentations

You probably don’t need to write a speech because you aren’t going to read one. You’re going to speak about something that perhaps you do every day. For this reason, you need to decide how to grab the audience’s attention with the opening, develop and sequence the content, include transitions to help lead the audience through your logic, close the talk, and choose memorable words.

To get started, draft lists, outlines, or “mind maps” of the possibilities before making your final decision. At times ...

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