Got a presentation coming up?

Dave Johnson describes the Three Q Method of organizing your material:

Make a Great PowerPoint Presentation by Answering Three Key Questions
That means you shouldn’t start by outlining the key points you want to present. Instead, think about the subject and write down three key questions your audience would ask. If you’re proposing to cut the vendor budget in FY12, questions might include: How will the work get done with fewer vendors? What is the legal exposure if we have to end certain contracts early? What will the money be used for instead?

Now put those three questions on slides and start building a presentation that answers them. Answer each question simply and succinctly in just a sentence or two, and then add as much detail as you need.

It’s an interesting approach, and it makes the presentation about the audience, not about you.


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