How many times have you started putting together a presentation with opening the powerpoint application?
I have done it more times than I would like to admit. Intuitively I know that the majority of my presentations have not been very captivating or really that powerful. They may have communicated the facts that I needed to, but the idea may have been missed by my audiences.
Here’s my new way of thinking: A presentation is about an idea. We need to THINK FIRST and map out our thoughts connected to the idea. Only then can we make a decision about how to communicate that idea. That may include a powerpoint, but it might be a handout or a demonstration.
This is your starting point. Grab a pen and notepad and decide what the point of your presentation is…then you can open up powerpoint.