There are several ways to structure your presentation. It’s best to break out of using presentation slides to do so.

You can use sticky notes, tape slides on a wall, or lay them on the floor. Any method that pulls your content out of a linear presentation application will work. Moving out of a slide- creation environment helps identify holes and keeps you focused on the bigger picture. This will help move your presentation from being about a bunch of small parts to being about a single big idea.

Clustering your content helps you visually assess how much weight you’ve given to various portions and how many supporting points you need to get your message across. Use this technique to confirm that you’re emphasizing the correct content and allocating appropriate time for each message.

Keep in mind that the structure should accommodate the audience’s comprehension needs, and be assembled in a way that’s palatable to them. It’s natural for subject matter experts to prepare material linking ideas that are closely connected in their own minds, but remember that the audience might not see these relationships as readily. Connect your messages in a way that your audience can follow. The structure should feel natural and make common sense to them!

Structural problems are the most common cause of failure in presentations. If the structure works, the presentation will work. If one is sound, the other will be sound.

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