3 Components of an Effective Presentation

An effective presentation must get three components right:

  • Content
  • Design
  • Delivery

Each of these components has to be on the mark and they all have to work together, as well.

When writing your content, decide on two or three main points and make sure that everything else that you write leads to those points. Make your content logical, simple, and clear. Figure out what your audience needs and wants to know and tailor your content for the audience.

Regarding design, your number one concern is legibility. Don’t put too much text on a slide and keep it large enough to read easily. The text color should contrast highly with the background color. Then, make sure that your design complements your content. Your background and images shouldn’t detract from the content. Images should work to clarify text. The layout and size of text should bring important points to the fore.

Don’t forget a winning delivery. Engaging your audience with eye contact and your overall energy is important. Know your main points and emphasize them with your voice and the amount of time you spend on them. Two’s a party; three’s a crowd, they say. If you just read your slides, you’re putting PowerPoint between you and the audience and they’ll resent it. Instead, use the slides only as support for your presentation.

In many cases, a presentation is a collaborative effort and different people write the content, design the presentation, and deliver it. In this case, all parties involved need to communicate with each other. For example, the writer needs to tell the designer and the deliverer which points are most important, so they can emphasize those points properly. Using these guidelines, you’ll be well on the way to an effective presentation.

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5 comments to 3 Components of an Effective Presentation

  • Morris Patman

    Thanks:

    I beleive my presentation has to much text and irrevolent information. I will delete it and start over.

  • Ame

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  • Rusti Gayle Allen

    Beautifully written! I aced my class because of the tips I received from this blog. Wow! You made life better for me. :)

    Sincerely,
    Rusti Gayle

  • I THOUGHT THE INFORMATION WAS VERY USEFUL ON GIVING PRESENTATION.IT ALMOST COMPARES TO WRITING ESSAY WITH THE THREE COMPONENTS INTRODUCTION,BODY,CONCLUSION.WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR ME TO GIVE A PRE SENTATION I WILL REMEMBER THE POWER POINTS IN THE INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE.

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