This book covers three major topics concerned with presentations: structure, slides, and delivery.
In the first part (Part I) you will learn the basics of storytelling, how the narrative part of your presentation should be constructed. I will walk you through the process of establishing your story's goal and finding the best hero your audience can associate with. You will establish the controlling conflict by trying to answer the question, “Who is fighting whom for what?” You will also create a sequence to lead the audience from established status quo through the conflict to the resolution and new balance.
Part II has to do with slides, which serve four major goals: to remind, to impress, to explain, and to prove. By answering the question “What's the purpose of this slide?” you will learn to choose the proper slide type and the proper visual concept. I will briefly mention various ways of visualizing data and common pitfalls to avoid. The last chapter of Part II is dedicated to aesthetic design, which I believe is becoming increasingly important as the new language of communication.
In the last part of the book (Part III) you will learn about the most important things to focus on during a live presentation. I will also touch on more strategic, time-consuming but ultimately rewarding ways of improving your public speaking skills. Finally, I will share my thoughts on the subject of speaker's authenticity, perhaps the hottest topic in today's presentation discourse. ...