Presentation Tips

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Presentation Tips

Maureen McCowen is a presentation and communication skills expert. Here, Maureen offers you some excellent presentation tips and advice.

7 Step Presentation Preparation Checklist

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success”. –  Alexander Graham Bell 

Use these 7 steps to help you prepare for your next presentation.

1. The Audience

  • Who will be in the audience?
  • What level of knowledge do they have?
  • How much information do they need to know?

2.The Purpose

  • What is the purpose of your presentation? Is it to inform? To persuade? To motivate?

3.Gather and Filter

  • Brainstorm all of your information.
  • Gather the facts
  • Keep what is appropriate for your audience and your purpose

4. Structure

  • Decide your speech structure
  • Use the rule of three- have 3 main points
  • Have clear transitions between points

5. Opening

  • Create a strong opening- e.g. a story; a question; an intriguing statement

6. Closing

  • Finish with a strong closing
  • Have a clear call to action

7. Slides

  • Do you need slides? They are not your notes!
  • Use them to help the audience understand or remember your presentation
  • Use images rather than text


Maureen McCowen is a Communication and Presentation Skills Specialist who helps business professionals create and deliver presentations with impact.

Maureen is available for both group and individual coaching. Please contact her at this address:

087 2808734