Presentation structure: Why it’s smarter to put your conclusion in your opening

Speaking about Presenting

It seems natural to structure your presentation with the conclusion at the end of your presentation and some articles on presentation structure advise this. So if you provide your audience with a hierarchical framework starting with your conclusion they will understand and remember better.

PowerPoint Tip: The audience wants the conclusion

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

It is likely that you have done a lot of analysis and many calculations in order to come up with the conclusions that you want to present. What your audience needs to hear is the conclusion you reached. The focus of your presentation should be on the conclusion of your work, not the details of your work. Only include those few details that, if changed, would significantly impact the conclusion.

Basic Speech Geometry

Manner of Speaking

Many people think of a speech as something that is linear: introduction; development of the main points; and conclusion. Rather, I mean that the conclusion should somehow bring the audience back to the introduction.

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Dr. Martin Luther King – Words Matter

Matt Eventoff

This clip is the conclusion of his final speech, given at Mason Temple in Memphis on April 3rd — he was assassinated the next day. . Uncategorized anti racism century christianity clip community organizing conclusion human interest Jr.

8 Points for Presentation Structure

The Presenter's Blog

Presentation Structure argument conclusion framework introduction main message presentation presentation skills presenting public speaking questions structurePreparation is everything. While we focus on our content, and sometimes fuss about our slides, it’s essential we never forget about the framework holding everything together. How will we introduce and conclude? How should we segment the content into logical bite-sized pieces? How do we pull together our fundamental arguments?

Write your ending

PowerPoint Tips

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Podcast: Creating a Powerful Conclusion to Your Speech.

Communication Steroids

A conclusion should be a memorable, powerful call to action of some sort. Podcast: Creating a Powerful Conclusion to Your Speech [10:14m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download From → Communication Steroids TV , Podcast , Speech Writing Comments are closed.

TJ Walker Public Speaking Series Conclusion | Public Speaking Training

TJ Walker Interactive

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Question your thinking to communicate more clearly

PowerPoint Tips

What information or data are you using to get to your conclusion? Conclusions. How did you reach your conclusion? Could you interpret the information differently to arrive at a different conclusion? What assumptions or point of view did you use to come to your conclusion?

What is Your Audience's Final Destination?

Speak and Deliver

Put the same work in on your conclusion as your opening. Close Recap Conclusion Wrap-Up Speech Ending SpeakingFor a lot of us, speaking for an hour isn't that difficult. We usually have much more to say than we can fit into our timeframe.

Bad Public Speaking Advice: Memorizing Your Opening and Conclusion | Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

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Presentations: When to Take Questions

Manner of Speaking

Your conclusion is one of the most important parts of your presentation. Give a powerful, memorable conclusion to your presentation. Shifting the timing of the Q&A session by only five minutes allows you to maintain control over your conclusion.

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Closing A Speech or Presentation, Part I

Matt Eventoff

Empowered, the time has come to conclude, at which point you exclaim: “In conclusion, I appreciate your time to hear about __. Here are three effective techniques for closing a speech or presentation: Whether taking a company public, introducing a new product to market, delivering a new lecture or simply leading a team meeting, the conclusion is crucial to the success of any address It is the final impression to you will leave your audience with.

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How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

Empowered, the time has come to bring your speech to a close, at which point you exclaim: “In conclusion, I appreciate the time you spent listening about _. You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message.

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The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

More often, the “mystery novel” presentation happens because the presenter didn’t think about the needs of the audience and simply followed their own train of thought which resulted in a conclusion at the end. Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience?

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How to Display Data the Right Way in Presentations

Duarte Blog

When delivering a presentation, show the conclusions you’ve drawn, not all the details that led you to those conclusions. Readers can study them at their own pace — examine the axes, the legends, the layers — and draw their own conclusions from your body of work.

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Presentation Tip: Updating the three "Tell Them" statements

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Here is my updated version of the advice: Tell them the conclusion, Tell them how you justify the conclusion, and Tell them what you want them to do with the conclusion. First, I suggest you start your presentation with the conclusion that you want the audience to remember. Second, show the audience how you got to the conclusion. Finally, tell them at the end of the presentation what you want them to do with the conclusion.

Start your presentation BIG

PowerPoint Tips

But as soon as you get down to your content, think of the big idea, the big conclusion, the larger context. Start with your conclusions — an executive overview, the summary of benefits, the bottom line. Presenters often ask how to start a presentation.

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The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

More often, the “mystery novel” presentation happens because the presenter didn’t think about the needs of the audience and simply followed their own train of thought which resulted in a conclusion at the end. Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience?

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Hans Rosling: Upgrading our worldview via data visualization

Presentation Zen

Most people show everything all at once—without ever pointing out what we should look for or explaining the variables—and rush to their conclusion about what they say the data shows without us ever getting a chance to really see it with our own eyes.

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How to convince executives that presenters need presentation skills training

PowerPoint Tips

Although I disagree with some of Bruce’s conclusions, I return to his book regularly for the research that he documents. I hear it all the time. It usually comes from people in the Communications or Marketing department.

Analysis of a Speech by Janine Shepherd

Manner of Speaking

Restructure the conclusion slightly. That is a clue that there is something slightly amiss with the conclusion. For me, improving the conclusion is not about rewriting; rather, it is about reordering. Below is the conclusion as delivered by Janine. Here is one possible way of restructuring the conclusion: If we are to move towards our collective bliss, it’s time we shed our focus on the physical and instead embrace the virtues of the heart.

Sales arguments that build presentations

The Presenter's Blog

therefore Conclusion 3: “You’ll want our tax advice.”. by Peter Watts. At the core of a sales presentation are logical arguments that lay out why your product benefits the customer. Those sales arguments need the force of mathematical logic. 1 + 2 = 3.

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Five Essential Questions to ask Yourself

Presentation Zen

Most of us procrastinate because we focus on the enormity of the project or on it’s conclusion, a conclusion about which we are uncertain. It’s graduation time around the United States, and while many speeches are forgettable, some of them stick.

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Three ways you should never start your presentation

Speak Schmeak

It''s trite, and the only study to ever come up with this conclusion was a survey posted in the Sunday Times of London, in a tiny blurb with no citation, in 1973.

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This is why your communication doesn’t have impact

Kate's Voice

The spoken run on sentence is also full of run on ideas and thoughts that confuse our communication because we stop being able to concentrate when there is no conclusion and too much data in what we hear as one long string of sound after awhile so we stop listening.

Public Speaking Expert: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Matt Eventoff

This clip is the conclusion of Dr. King’s final speech, given at Mason Temple in Memphis on April 3rd — he was assassinated the next day. The next legend in a series on public speaking experts is one of the greatest orators ever, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a legendary orator. We are lucky enough to have video clips of Dr. King to view, study and learn from. Dr. King inspired, and continues to inspire people with the power of his speech and the power of his actions.

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Handouts for data-heavy presentations

PowerPoint Tips

But you want to create slides because you have some conclusions and thoughts to add. Not all presentations can be full of photos. Sometimes, you need to present data — lots of it.

How to Design a Presentation like Apple

Manner of Speaking

” A good presentation has a clear message, a strong opening, compelling content, an appropriate balance between logic and emotion, good supporting material and a strong conclusion.

Anticipate the next slide with transitional statements

PowerPoint Tips

Conclusion: As we have seen, to summarize, in short, all in all, and so on. In writing, it’s good practice to create transitional statements between paragraphs or sections. For example: “Next, I’ll cover how you can implement the ideas I’ve discussed.”

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Should you say “thank you” at the end of a presentation?

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s the question the sparked the discussion: “In my home [Toastmaster] club, it has been generally accepted that the speaker does not thank the audience at the conclusion because it diminishes the impact of the ending and it is somewhat trite.

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10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen

In drama, the third act (usually) is the climatic conclusion. Our conclusion in many ways is the most important part. No one wants to be lectured to or fed conclusions all the time. that spins the talk in a new direction and sets the stage for a compelling ending or conclusion?

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Stupidity, lies and coverups = literal Death — by PowerPoint, or not?

PowerPoint Tips

First, the article itself makes nonsensical conclusions. I’m going to ask you to stick with me here and click 2 links. It’s important. You could save lives. This post is in response to “ Did PowerPoint Ruin GM ?”

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You're in love with your data, but the audience isn't

Speak Schmeak

I get why you love your stats, your graphs, your charts so much. You put your blood, sweat and tears into the research. Or at least into finding other people's charts to paste into your slides. Your data is brilliant. It makes your case. It explains everything you want to say.

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Avoid the Scientific Presentation Format - It's still boring

Executive Speech Coach

Conclusion Boring - boring - boring! Instead - tell us the conclusion. If we don't like your conclusion - we don't care about your process. If we like your conclusion - we don't care about your process. Many of us learned the scientific presentation format in school.

10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

The difference between reading a book alone and reading as a group is huge: Reading a book and discussing it as a group opens your mind to ideas you might not have considered, conclusions you might not have come to, and perspectives you might not have gained.

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Presentation design trends

PowerPoint Tips

Conclusion. This is a guest post by Mike Parkinson. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, trainer, and award-winning author. Over the last 22 years, he created thousands of presentations that results in improved success rates for his clients.

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Nuggets of Storytelling Wisdom

Manner of Speaking

The audience wants to “work for its meal” In other words, people are prepared to follow a compelling story without necessarily knowing where it will lead in order to get to the conclusion.

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Big Meeting Coming Up? Close the Slideshow; Pick Up the SlideDocs

Duarte Blog

Conclusion. Presentations have long been a staple in meetings. And, like everything popular, they’re also getting some backlash. Does a presentation actually make a meeting better, or can it make the meeting experience worse?

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The Communication Blog

Among the conclusions are these: (1) Excuses work; they can often deflect/stave off/lessen retaliation. (2) Here’s a wonderful brief article on excuse making ( Psychology Today , August 2014, p. 22--doesn''t seem to be online yet), a topic covered in the Interpersonal Communication Book and Interpersonal Messages by Amy Nordrum. 2) Too frequent excuses--such as self-handicapping excuses--will lead to a loss of faith. (3)