Sifting through ideas and material and arranging them in a logical and effective order is by no means simple. The process can be greatly aided with the help of several manual and computer tools.
Brainstorming and Sorting
Once the main theme is set, a useful step early in the organizing phase is to list all the topics that the presentation might cover. Brainstorming, which can be done alone or with a group, lists all ideas as they come, with no attempt to evaluate or categorize. The fullest range of potential topics is the goal. After the flow of ideas slackens, sorting and evaluation begins. The objective is to identify and establish priorities for the half-dozen or fewer major topics to be covered and to eliminate those of ...