Prepare a 15 minute presentation.

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Main Message

Take some time to carefully consider what the main subject of your presentation is. Write your answers on a note, you will come back to them in the next steps.

Depending on the goal of your presentation this may be a question that you will answer in your talk. It may also be an idea that you will explain. In either case, write down the whole purpose of your presentation in a single sentence or question. Some use this message as the headline of the talk. For example Apple executives use a tweet length headline for each talk and repeat it at least twice in the presentation, this makes the message rememberable [Forbes, 2013].


  • The most forward thinking phone anyone has ever made. - Tim Cook
  • How can we create technology to support online workers' collective action?


Each presentation usually has three sections:
- Say what you want to say
- Say it
- Say what you just said
These are usually refered to as:

Intro, body, and conclusion

Depending on the length of your presentation decide how much time you want to spend on each section. For longer presentations (more than 10 minutes), you can repeat this structure for each section. This will keep you audience engaged.


Write the outline of your presentation.

Write all the main points (sections) in the order that you want to talk about them. Remember the structure of intro, body, conclusion.

For each point, estimate how many minutes you want to spend on it. Make sure the sum of all these points is below your limit.


In this step you will use the frame you created in the last section, to create you presentation. Open your favorite presentation editor (Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides, etc) and create a single slide for each of the bullet points in your list from step 3.

Now add slides after each title slide to complete your message. Limit the amount of information on your slides, but make sure that every main point you mention is also shown on the slides. Avoid long bullet point lists or any large amount of text that can distract your listeners.

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Add visual componentes to make your slides more engaging. Pick a color combination and a font family and stick to them. Use shapes to add emphasize.

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