Section 5.2

Body of a Presentation

In your presentation, focus on the points that matter most. You don’t have to say everything about a given topic. And if you can say something in fewer words, do so; the audience will appreciate your respect for their time.

The body of your talk should flow naturally from the introduction, developing ideas with vivid examples and details. Help the audience follow your train of thought by expressing your points clearly and organizing them logically.

Keep in mind that since your message will be delivered with spoken and not written words, your listeners won’t have the luxury of rereading passages. Therefore, avoid overly ornate sentence structures as well as accumulations of dense ideas. In addition, you may wish to employ repetition as a tool to ensure that your central themes register with the audience.