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Step-by-step instructions on how to make a presentation outline

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1.Fact and Story

Combining facts and storytelling creates a mutually supportive cycle. Facts give substance to stories; stories add interest to facts.

This structure consists of two pieces that are connected and can be moved back and forth.

Begin with a "What if?" question. You might ask, "What if you didn’t have to lose suction?"

  • Start by identifying facts that show the current state of things. You might want to continue the example by referring to current stats about vacuums losing suction. Continue to alternate facts and fiction throughout your presentation.
  • End on an optimistic note that leaves listeners feeling like they learned something, and wanting to take action. You could invest in your new product or sponsor your app.

2. The hero's epic journey

Adventure stories usually feature a hero that travels on dangerous journeys and learns valuable lessons. It is a popular formula that thousands of writers have used. You can also use it to add drama and humor to your presentations.

This structure is ideal for telling inspirational stories about people or companies, from their humble beginnings through to their success today.

Be neutral. The situation is neither ideal or unbearable.

  • Initiate a challenge.

This is a worsening problem. While the problem is being addressed now, it continues to worsen.

  • Talk about rock bottom. This situation seems unimaginable. There is no way forward, and everything seems hopeless. Until…
  • Talk about hope!

With your new abilities, it is possible to tackle the problem head-on.

Talk about solving the problem. However, instead of returning the situation to its original state, the hero (you), discovers another way of living.

  • You can end your presentation with a lesson you can share with your audience to incite them.

3. The Pitch

Salespeople commonly use the "pitch" style of presentation. Salespeople use the 'pitch' style of presentation to explain how a product or an idea can help overcome obstacles that lead to positive outcomes. It should be relatable so that the audience can visualize themselves in the situation.

You can start by giving a brief summary of how things are. This will make it easy for you to understand.

Your problem or obstacle should be explained. Use relatable language to help your audience understand the problem.

Your audience can see a solution.

Your audience will need to know where the fork is. The first option is the average, and then you can follow it up with a better option.

Close: Explain why the best choice is the best and the only one that's truly suitable.

Then, tell the audience step by step how you solved the problem.

You don't have to stop there. Talk about the extra benefits that go beyond solving the problem. You will leave feeling positive.

4. The explanation

This presentation format is ideal for teaching your audience something. It can be a process, new skill, or way to solve a problem. It is similar to the fact-story structure in the sense that facts should be integrated into the story.

  • You can explain how things are right now, your goal and how you plan on getting there. A story can be used to increase emotional interest.

Begin your journey towards the final destination.

This can be expanded with additional steps.

You can take a moment to review the points you've made so far and then tie them back into your main point. This will help you to show your audience the ground you have covered and where you want to go.

You can add the final pieces and guide your audience to victory.

  • Your audience should feel that they've learned something at the end.

5. The Opportunity

This structure, which is similar to the pitch's three-part structure, swaps a hurdle for a chance. You want to show your audience how a problem they thought had a solution is actually simple.

Accept the situation as it stands now.

Next, add an "but". This could be a minor hiccup that makes things less as good as it could be. One example is our chocolate pudding business. However, we could be doing much better if we switched suppliers.

To make it real and tangible, talk about the opportunity.

  • Add a conclusion.
  • Be specific about the benefits of the product/service. You can add more statistics or facts to support your argument.

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