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Present an Outline

If your topic is particularly detailed and theoretical or if you
will be speaking for several hours, develop an outline of your
presentation to be shown on a slide or overhead transparency.
Begin by explaining the general points youíll cover. Then, at
summary intervals in your talk, review the outline indicating
how you have been progressing through it. For example, you
might say:
"This outline provides us with an overview of the
finalized plan for the restructuring of Jones Manu-
facturing. Letís look at all of the six major divisions
in our new company and what is in store for them
next year. Each one is charged with five key objectives,
which you as managers will be responsible for

"We have reviewed three of the five new strategies for
improving service (point to each as you review it on
the outline): decentralized product service depots,
800 number customer service hot-lines, and 48 hour
guaranteed parts service. Now I will move to the next
point: product focus of our top ten clients...."
     There are many possibilities. As usual, be sure that your
opening visual - if you want to use one - has some immediate
purpose in getting your presentation started. If you think your
topic is too complicated to lend itself to a visual outline,
something is wrong with the organization of your talk. The
more complicated your talk the more you should seek to
simplify your points. If you do not, the audience will not pay
attention and will not retain what you say. Conversely, the less
complicated your topic, the more detailed your points can be.

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