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Questions to ask yourself (analog, no computer!)

  • How much time do I have?
  • What’s the venue like? (professional vs casual?)
  • What time of the day?
    • Is it right after lunch?
  • Who is the audience?
    • What’s their background
    • What do they expect of me / us?
  • Why was I asked to speak?
  • What do I want them to do? (what am I pitching?)
    • How do I want them to feel? Think?
  • What visual medium is most appropriate?
  • What is my absolute central point? (if the audience remembers only one thing)
    • Fundamental purpose of talk?
    • What’s the story?

For each point you want to get across * What’s my point? * Why does it matter

Would you be able to turn this into an elevator pitch? * not always possible * Figure out what’s important

Making slides

  1. Brainstorm (let ideas flow)
  2. Group and identify the ______
  3. Storyboard
    1. Use blank slides (draw on the left, text on the right
  4. Make a presentation in Powerpoint (zoomed out mode, slide viewer mode)

If you have people in the background photo, make sure they're looking at your main focus rather than away from it

Inspiration: Garr Reynolds, Steve Jobs, Seth Godin


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Last update: 2023-04-24