Make Presentations Less Terrifying By Breaking Them Into Small Chunks

Make Presentations Less Terrifying By Breaking Them Into Small Chunks

Giving presentations is a bit stressful for many of us, but over on Harvard Business Review, they suggest that one way make things a little better is to break your presentation into smaller, more memorable, chunks.

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Your gut feeling when planning a presentation might be to pack everything into one big long stream of information, but Harvard Business Review says its best to break it into chunks:

Create rest stops. For three weeks prior to my first three-hour-long presentation, I could hardly digest my dinner. How could I possibly avoid losing my place for so long? I later discovered that while a 180-minute presentation can seem like an uncrossable minefield, a series of 10 minutes chunks feels more doable. I began to organise my material in smaller chunks that built logically on one another.

Most of us don't have three hour presentations (thankfully), but the principle makes sense even for short presentations. A ten minute presentation's a lot easier to manage when broken into two minute chunks, and it allows you to organise and reorganise a lot easier.

6 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Presenting [Harvard Business Review]


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