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Balancing the Presentation

 

Techniques Public speaking > Preparing the Presentation > Balancing the Presentation

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Description

Beware of going overboard on one topic at the expense of equally important other topics. Balance the speech or presentation, ensure each key point has an equivalent amount of attention and detail.

Also remain balanced with words and style, keeping things consistent across parts of the speech unless there is particular reason (for example escalation of emotional content towards a climax).

Example

A political speech-writer starts with a time plan for the speech, fitting topics to be covered into time slots that are proportionate to their electoral value. She re-writes contributions from her team where the language does not align with the intended style.

Discussion

One of the traps of preparing a presentation or speech is that you spend a lot of time on one section and then either run out of time for preparing other parts or have so much material for the first part that you cannot fit in an equivalent amount in other parts.

This can be tricky when there is more to say on some topics than others and common sense still needs to prevail. Yet an audience will make a basic assumption that if you talk more about something, you consider it to be more important.

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