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How to prepare an effective short presentation – quickly (Pt 2/3)

Short presentations are not always sweet.

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They can be sweet – but many presenters make these mistakes:

1. they try to cram in too much information

2. they rush – speaking to quickly and flipping through slides too quickly. They lose their audience

3. they end too abruptly rather than closing with impact

In Part 1, I shared how post-it notes can help you prepare. Link at the end of this post.

Part 2 is about cutting from the middle or near the end – but not AT the end.

post-it pres 1

post-it pres 2

The post-its can help make sure you:

1. do NOT try to cram in too much information

2. do NOT have to rush – because you haven’t included too much information.

3. do NOT end abruptly

With the post-it notes you can quickly take out parts that make your presentation run beyond your allotted length.

When you trim – I recommend that you follow the advice from my old bosses in TV.

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In a TV story, instead of cutting from the end – you cut from  the middle or near the end but you leave the end in place.

You should have a strong end to finish with – a good line to close or a strong final image.

If you need to cut something – cut from the middle or near the end – but not the actual end.

Recently, I had to deliver a presentation. The event was running over time and I had to fit in all my content into 10 minutes.

I had to make tough choices to trim materials – but the post-its helped me reduce my content and re-shuffle my content quickly.

I took out content from near the end – but made sure I kept a strong finish.

How can you finish strongly ? I’ll share that in the final part of this “series”.

Here’s a link to part 1:



and here’s part 3:



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One comment on “How to prepare an effective short presentation – quickly (Pt 2/3)

  1. efangelist
    February 26, 2015

    Reblogged this on efangelist.

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