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How to Prepare your Presentation in 5 Minutes and 5 Simple Steps

For some people the stress of preparing a presentation can be intense. Trying to find the right message, what to say, and how top say it can cause sleepless nights. It needn’t be that way. A well structured and impactful presentation can be created in a few minutes. The key is to use a proven framework that allows you to simply “plug and play”.

Within five minutes is entirely possible to identify the key material that you will discuss in a presentation and be comfortable to the level that you could stand up and deliver a simple speech to any audience.

How? I’m glad you asked… You need to have a process that will enable you to quickly assemble your ideas for your presentation in a logical manner that can be understood by your audience.


Minute 1 – Identify your key message
The vital first step is to identify what the main message or theme of your speech will be. This is crucial as it will allow you to select the right ideas and examples to lead your audience where you want their thinking to be. The message needs to be relevant to your audience and provide value for them. This is often a challenging step as you need to consider who your audience members will be, what their understanding and concerns are, and what you are trying to achieve with your presentation.


Minute 2 – Pick your three key points
After you have identified the key message you want to convey to your audience you need to brainstorm what are the key points or arguments that will support the message and help move their thinking in the direction you want s you can achieve your presentation goals.


Minute 3 – Select the supporting material that will help you prove your key points
After picking two or three key arguments you now need to find the material that will prove each of your key points/arguments. Look for facts, statistics, or stories that will aid you in proving each point you are sharing with your audience.


Minute 4 – Prepare your closing statements with the call to action
The conclusion is really simple. But, you need to know what you want your audience to as a result of your presentation. The end of your presentation should simply be a restatement of the key points you discussed in the body of your presentation and then ask them to do what you wha them to next.


Minute 5 – Prepare your attention grabbing opening
At the very end of the process we now sit down and write the words that you will use to start your presentation. Your opening needs to be attention grabbing and set, in the minds of your audience, the direction you will be taking them. An easy way to achieve this is to tell them the key points that you will be covering in your presentation.


In five short minutes you have prepared a compelling and professional presentation with  a minimum of stress and anxiety. Using the structure and process outlined will enable you to develop a compelling and cohesive presentation that has a logical flow that will enable your audience to follow you ideas and thought process.

About The Author

Mark Kyte

Mark Kyte is a public speaking mentor and founder of the Public Speaking Skills Academy. Mark loves helping clients achieve dynamic results that help them increase their influence and get more clients. Read more of his blog and if you like what you see check out the mentoring programs.