Outlining a presentation

The most important part of a multimedia presentation is constructing a solid outline. By outlining the content that you want to cover, you than then focus on the multimedia elements the most appropriately support the content. The basic outline is much like you might do for a long paper with bullet points to indicate the different ideas that will be presented. Similarly, you should have an introduction, 2-5 main points, and a conclusion when outlining a presentation.

Presentation Outline

Here is an example of how to structure a basic presentation outline:

Introduction

  1. Attention-getting statement – gain the attention of the audience by using a quotation, telling a brief story or humorous anecdote, asking a question, etc.
  2. Thesis statement – state the specific purpose of your presentation here.
  3. Preview statement – overview of all of your main points.

Body

  1. First main point
    1. Subpoint
      1. Sub-subpoint
      2. Sub-subpoint
    2. Subpoint
      1. Sub-subpoint
      2. Sub-subpoint
      3. Sub-subpoint
  2. Second main point
    1. Subpoint
      1. Sub-subpoint
      2. Sub-subpoint
    2. Subpoint
      1. Sub-subpoint
      2. Sub-subpoint
    3. Subpoint
  3. Additional main points as needed (up to 5)

Conclusion

  1. Summary statement – review all of your main points.
  2. Concluding statement – prepare a closing statement that ends your presentation smoothly.

Example Outline

With the initial outline in place, then start to consider the types of media that will be best. You should make notes on your outline to indicate media like below. This example of a presentation outline covers only the main points, not subpoints. Your presentation should have more detail and include subpoints.

Introduction

  1. The arts council provides operating support to 100 arts groups across the Commonwealth that provide more than five million arts experiences and more than one million arts education experiences. include images of arts groups in action
  2. The mission of the Kentucky Arts Council is to create opportunities for the people of Kentucky to value, participate in, and benefit from the arts. images of different age groups participating in arts activities from various areas
  3. In this presentation we will cover what our organization values, the activities we participate in, and ways in which you can be involved.

Body

  1. What We Value
    1. Artists’ Compensation video: local artist telling why compensation is important
    2. Diversity group image that includes people with disabilities and of different races and gender
    3. Preservation of Cultural Resources photos showing KY’s cultural resources
  2. What We Do
    1. Matching Grants charts that show the income from grants
    2. Arts marketing Programs visual examples of marketing materials
    3. Events & Services photos from events showing interaction
  3. How You Can Be Involved
    1. Involving public officials in arts activities or the activities of arts organizations image of Lexington’s mayor participating at an event
    2. Asking legislators and local officials to vote for positions supporting the arts photos from meetings with local city hall
    3. Discussing the value of the arts with peers photos from public form on the arts

Conclusion

  1. The Kentucky Arts Council creates opportunities for the people of Kentucky to value, participate in, and benefit from the arts. End presentation with logo and image of staff and volunteers

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