You have been there. The presenter seems to have lost their place. They are rambling about topics that seem to have nothing to do with the visuals they are presenting. As they advance the visuals, you discover (and they discover) that they have already covered most of the topic now on the visual.
So they cover the same topic again.
This continues to a greater or lesser degree throughout the presentation.
The coup de grace comes at the end when the presenter just kind of peters out. “Well, that is about it, I think. That’s really what I wanted to cover. I guess, if we have a little, time, I am thinking I could see if you have any questions.”
You can avoid this horror with the power of the transition sentence.
A transition sentence is how you get from where you are to the next topic. And it is ALWAYS about the next topic.
We are borrowing ideas from Dale Carnegie and possibly others. Dale Carnegie said you should memorize your first and last sentence in a speech. Those two sentences are examples of a transition. One gets you going. One gets you off the stage. This is good guidance from Dale. He says people don’t remember much in between, but I am hoping your talk is a bit more interesting.
So we will focus on transitions during your talk. Starting with moving from slide to slide. Here are the rules:
1. Write a transition to get you off the current slide and onto the next one. All of them.
2. The transition sentence is always about the NEXT slide.
3. Write the whole sentence, not just a few reminder words.
Here are these rules in action.
When you plan the transitions, you feel more confident. You sound smoother. And you sound more in command of the topics being covered.
You have your own thoughts on making transitions. Set us up for the next blog by sharing those thoughts.