Preparing for building a presentation

In the previous session we worked on converting your initial individual speaking turn into a conversation. Now it’s time to convert it into a presentation accompanied by slides.

For this there need to be some preparation first.

In this module you are going to learn about making business project slide presentations. You are going to practise with a real slide presentation using techniques that work best for your particular case.

STEP 1 – Answer the questions below. Bring your answers to the next session.

  1. What do you think of your presentations currently? In what do you think you need to improve? (lack of efficiency, too long, lack of self-confidence in the delivery, relying on script too much etc)
  2. What are your strong points (as a speaker) that your presentation can benefit from? (organized thinking, clear powerful voice, creative ideas, sense of humour etc)
  3. What feedback do you remember you have received about past presentations from your colleagues, superiors or business partners?
  4. What is the main goal of the presentation you want to work on? (to inform prospects, to pitch a product, to present business results/data etc)

Your answers are the key starting point for our work. We are going to improve the areas we define that need improvement individually, with the aim to achieve a more successful presentation experience.

STEP 2 – Your presentation structure

A frequent presentation structure is:

  • Introduction
  • Main part
  • Conclusion
  • Q&A

Is this structure a good fit for your presentation? If you need more points or change something, what would that be and why?

STEP 3 – Your presentation content

Using your notes and drawing on your individual speaking turn about your project, begin taking notes to fit your presentation structure. What content will the “Introduction” have? What content will the “Main part” have? etc.

Bring your notes to the next session.

STEP 4 – Presentation visuals (slides)

Prepare and bring visuals (slides) for the next session that you will want to use in your presentation.



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