Gather, select and structure

Gathering, selecting and structuring material


There are many sources of information available. Make sure you assess the authority (who wrote it?), currency (how up-to-date is it?) and accuracy of a source before you rely on it to support a point in your presentation.


Often when you are asked to give a talk you will need to distil a large amount of information into a short time. Be ruthless. Too much information can confuse an audience.

  • What is centrally relevant?
  • What can be left out?
  • What is supporting information?
  • Will handouts help?
  • Skip (or reduce) the maths.

A clear structure to your presentation will not only provide with you a clear path to follow, but also help your audience.

  • What are your main points?
  • In what order do they need to be discussed?
  • What secondary information should come under each of your headings?

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