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Cohesive Composition In Your Presentation

01. Presentation Structure

The most common structure for a presentation in an interview is that of a Business Case Study. Follow the – Situation, Action, Result, Quote – format for this.

Other structures which you could consider are –

  • Timeline (as in faecbook timelines, chronological)

  • Geographical – You can weave a spellbinding story of outsourcing using different geographical places.

  • Analytical – A new insight about a concept or product

  • Functional – How things work

  • Contrast and Compare, Conflict, Metaphorical are other examples of structures

Most likely you will use a hybrid model using the Business Case Study structure. Your business case study based presentation could have comparison and contrast. How a “Before” situation contrasts with an “After” situation once you had solved the problem. It could also have elements of analytical and functional presentation.

02. Transitions For Clarity

  • Transitions & Signposts:

    • Embed your agenda slide at different points within your presentation – each of these slides would remind the audience of the structure of the presentation, which parts have been covered and what is coming next.

    • Instead of a text agenda you can have an infographic, flowchart or diagram as an agenda and show it at different points in the presentation so the audience are reminded of the structure.

  • An easy trick for good organization is to have a website like navigation on top of each slide. Even if you can not make them clickable; they would allow the structure to be visible at all times to the audience.

  • An easy trick for a very interesting, suspenseful transition is to pause before going to the next section and ask a rhetorical question. Do not ask the audience to answer this question, bring up the first slide of the next section which answers your question. You can create slides which appear at transition points in your presentation to remind yourself.

  • Good organization makes it easy to follow and remember.

  • Each section of the presentation should appear as a cohesive part of the complete presentation.

  • Use a diagram or transition slides, so that the audience can see the big picture all the time.