Prepare the content

Most people find knowing where to begin is the most difficult step. If you are one of these people I can guarantee the following steps will help you present confidently. Please, for the moment, resist any temptation to switch on your PC! That comes later.

Ask yourself – ‘What do I want the audience to learn from my presentation?’ Write this objective in the middle of a blank page. Now let your mind ‘freewheel’ to produce a mind map of ideas. The mind map included here below is the one I drew when I started to plan this chapter, which was originally published as an article called ‘How to give a presentation and live to tell the tale’.

You’ll find that you have far too many things to say, so the next step is to edit and give ...

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