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Presentation Planning
the Key to Successful Presentations



Presentation planning is the first step toward producing a successful presentation. That may sound like stating the obvious. But it’s amazing how many people, when asked to give a presentation, jump right in producing slides without having a clear idea of what their objectives are or how to achieve them.

Planning presentations, however, involves more than simply jotting down a few points of what you are planning to say and show to your audience.

There are at least five or six different presentation formats depending on what you want to achieve and the type of audience you’ll have. For example, do you want to:

  • Inform employees about recent departmental changes.
  • Motivate a sales team.
  • Explain why a project is running over budget.
  • Educate students on a new subject.
  • Persuade workers to adopt a new production method.
  • Entertain at the retirement of a colleague.
Proper planning will help you identify your main objectives and select the most appropriate format for you audience.

Presentation planning is based around three broad questions that you need to answer. These are:

  • What is the purpose of your presentation?
  • Who is the audience for your presentation?
  • What is the location of your presentation?

The following articles look at these questions in detail and give examples around which you can base your presentation. You’ll see why planning is so important and discover how, if done properly, it can provide you with the confidence to stand up in front of a group of people safe in the knowledge that you have done everything you can to ensure a successful presentation.

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