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What’s the first step in creating a presentation? I firmly believe in starting your presentation with an outline. An outline helps you focus first on your content and how it’s organized. After all, isn’t what you’re saying more important than how you say it?
But how do you know what to say? Come up with the following:
Consider your audience. Ask these questions:
Then outline your content accordingly. One way to do this is in Microsoft Word. To create an outline in Microsoft Word, type text at the margin for slide titles, and press Tab once for first-level bulleted text.
Now speak out your talk to test how long it takes. This first run-through will tell you if you have to cut or expand.
In my blog post, Import text from Word or Notepad, I explain how to format the text to create slides in PowerPoint.