Presentations Skills? Structure and Practice – that’s it!

People rarely turn up for a presentation looking to be entertained, they want to be informed, to learn something. So, the better you structure, and the more you practice, the more successful your presentation will be. Think about the three things you really want people to take away from your presentation, what is it they will learn?


Start by telling them:
“By the end of the presentation, you will know…”
“The three things I want to cover in this presentation are…”


Then go through each point individually, covering off each fully before moving onto the next one.
Then sum it all up:
“So, we have covered…”
“To sum up, we went through…”


That’s it! Having a structure will help you stay on track, and you won’t have to worry about remembering every word, or trying to be entertaining. In the Army, they used to teach presentations skills, by using a similar structure:


  • Tell them what you’re going to tell them
  • Tell them
  • Tell them what you told them


This doesn’t mean you can’t ad lib, or cover off other issues if you want to, but it will bring you back on track by just remembering these three points. As long as you have practiced and remember the key points, you won’t go far wrong, and it will help prevent you drifting off, looking at notes or becoming nervous as there’s only three things to remember. Good luck.


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