Ten Tips on How to Write a Good Presentation

While I’ve said before that presenting is like telling a story, it’s more than that. Below are ten important tips to keep in mind when crafting your presentation:

1. “Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. “ – Ray Bradbury

2. “Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.” – Kurt Vonnegut

3. “Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” – Vonnegut

4. “Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy.” – Jack Kerouac

5. “The only story that seems worth writing is a cry, a shot, a scream. A story should break the reader’s heart.” – Susan Sontag

6. “Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.” – David Ogilvy

7. “Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.” – Henry Miller

8. “Forget your generalized audience… I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.” – John Steinbeck

9. “Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.” – Zadie Smith

10. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. – George Orwell

To get more insight, please head to:  10 Essential Tips to Writing Well in a Presentation

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