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Use Small Notecards to Organize Your Speech

Another very useful technique is to write all ideas related
to your topic on three by five file cards, using one per idea.
     Once you have done so, arrange and rearrange the cards
determining the best order for you in the presentation of your
points. Experiment with different sequences. Once you are
satisfied with the flow, number your points and on you go!

The Right Structure: Have Three to Seven Points

It is always best to keep your structure as simple as possible.
You will not want too many main points, nor too many sub-
points. Aim for no more than three, although for a longer
presentation you might have up to seven. Your audience will
not remember any more ideas than that anyway.
     Start with the simplest and most general concepts, then
progress to your more specific and complicated ones. Ease into
it so you will not lose your listeners.
     Develop a structure which can be easily memorized by
you and your listeners, such as "our five key markets", "seven
elements of successful leadership", "six components of effective
time management", or "three ways to increase our sales".
     Your presentation approach might involve the discussion
of events in chronological order - past, present, future. Or it
might be organized around geographical proximity - near,
semi-distant, far.
     You could talk about different categories of ideas - apples,
oranges, bananas - or a sequence or hierarchy of conceptual
steps - first, second, and third.
     Just remember, there is no right way to organize your
presentation. The main thing is the development of structure.
     Otherwise, you will stumble all over the map - and the
Chairman of the Board is the only one allowed to do that!

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