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Description

At the end of the presentation it can be useful to look beyond the the presentation to answer the question 'What next?' (or perhaps 'So what?'). This may be about yourself and what you are doing next, or it may be about the audience and what they may do as a result of what you have told them.

Make this section succinct and clear. Do not ramble on for a long time about your future plans as this will more likely leave them feeling bored. The trick is to create a sense of anticipation and continuity.

Example

As you can see, I have made significant inroads into exploring the genetic codes and of course there is much more to do. To complete this work I will be presenting to the university board next week where I hope to get further funding, in particular for exploring real-life applications and potentially ways to save many lives.

Discussion

Not all presentations need a 'what next' section, but when used it can be a particularly important part of the speech, for example an academic may point to further research or a sales person can give steps that lead to sales closure.

It is usually important in this to keep it fairly short so as not to block the memory of the main talk or distract your audience with extended future fancies.

Sometimes talking about what you will do next is actually a bad move. Research can be a highly competitive subject and to talk about your latest ideas might give your competitors the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle that enables them to steal a march on you.

See also

Closing techniques

 

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