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Where to begin when preparing a presentation?

Have you ever felt like you're working through a maze of information when having to develop a presentation? This can make the whole process an overwhelming experience.

Questions to consider

There are a number of key questions to consider:

  • Who will be in your audience?
  • What is the purpose of the presentation?
  • Where will you be delivering your presentation?

Once you've answered these three questions then it's time to develop your presentation. Every presentation is made up of three parts:

  • An opening
  • A body
  • A close

Even though the presentation needs to be delivered in the order of an opening, body and close it doesn't mean that is the order that needs to be followed when developing it.


The opening should grab the audience's attention and provide a brief summary of what will be covered in the body of the presentation.


The body expands on the key points of the presentation and provides examples to support these points.


The close summarises what has been covered and has a call to action – what is it that you want your audience to do as a result of your presentation?

Once you are clear on the key questions and know the required structure of a presentation you can then focus on developing it.


Maria Pantalone

Maria Pantalone works with individuals and teams to make communication their strength so that their message is heard. Her programs help her clients to excel in their role and be recognised as leaders in their field.
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