Most experts agree that the key to a good presentation is a good overall structure. One way to conceptualize structure is to develop an outline. You can even import a Word outline into PowerPoint.
Some questions that may be helpful:
- What’s the overall theme of the session?
- How does it fit with what was already learned? Can you use a concept map to show where you are in the course?
- How do you logically transition between topics?
- What’s the title of each slide? – Even if the slide is just a picture, a title helps put it into context.
- Are there any visuals you can use? – Remember that one of the best features of Powerpoint is the ability to project images. Of course, there is such a thing as overkill…
- Are there any opportunities to lighten the mood?
- Can you tell a story? – You know your content is interesting. Can you explain what made you want to go into that discipline?
Probably the most important question may be Do I really have enough time to cover this content? You may have a sense of how much you can cover in each session, but if you notice that you often run out of time, it may be that you are trying to put in too much information and may need to think about what the most important content really is.