Starting the presentation process the right way.
Updated: Apr 18
Some of the remedy for Death by PowerPoint is in the presenter's planning & preparation process. Instead of opening up your slideware from the start, consider opening up your word processing software to make a presentation plan.
The plan should first address foundational stuff: goal, audience and core message. It's then organized a little like an outline sectioned by key messages.
Only when your plan is drafted do you consider opening up slideware to make a slide shell file – a sort of blue print for the visual aids you anticipate sharing. Treat each slide as an empty shell and put a note in it of what you plan to design for that slide.
Refine both before you get into doing the tedious slide design work. This process is especially well suited for co-creating a presentation with colleagues.