We often talk about three being the magic number, so you won’t be surprised to learn that there are three stages of a presentation – the beginning, the middle and the end. But you know that already, right? What you may not know though are the stages within each of those three sections and the key things to get right as you go through each stage.
That’s why, in our book “High-Performance Presentations”, we have outlined our unique Simply Amazing Structure (SAS) to help guide you through all the stages of a presentation whether it’s virtual or face to face.
By now most of us are aware that we need to adapt to a virtual environment. But how does that effect the structure of our presentations? A presenter should be clear with how they allocate time for interactions during a virtual presentation (we recommend interaction every 3-5 minutes)
This is because during a virtual call the audience are more likely to get distracted and can lose interest. Therefore, keeping to a structure can help guide the audience, helping them to remain engaged and on track. A good structure will allow the audience to view the presentation as a journey and enable them to feel a sense of progression from the beginning to the end. For more information on how to keep your audience engaged during a virtual presentation click here.
The beginning of a presentation contains two parts of our SAS – a little introduction and the WHY. These two sections don’t need to take up much time – in fact, we often suggest they don’t! When you include these the audience will know why your presentation is relevant to them and why they want to listen to it all the way through.
There is more detail on the two beginning sections in the blog “How to start a good presentation” So we’ll share our top 3 tips here then focus on the middle and end sections.
For tips on overcoming your nerves before a presentation click here.
If you are worried about boring your audience in a virtual environment before you’ve even begun, click here for more help and advice.
The bulk of the presentation time is likely to be spent in the middle section. In our unique SAS structure, the two sections we cover in the middle are the
Scope out what you want to put in each WHAT section big picture, don’t go into detail yet until you have finished the whole SAS plan. In our book “High-Performance Presentations”, you’ll see that I recommend you complete the HOW before the WHAT when you are preparing the presentation. But, for now, let’s keep it simple and stick to the order in which we present the information.
The WHAT section
The HOW section
Using the SAS, the end of the presentation contains:
In our presentation skills training course, Present Like A Pro, we go through this SAS structure with you, either on a one-to-one basis or with your team.
We will walk you through how to apply it to your presentation and business. So, if you want to learn more about how to influence, engage and persuade when presenting contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.