Go with the Flow – How to Organize Your Technical Presentation to Get Business Results – Part 2 – Step-by-Step Structure
I took a training class of Ken Blankard’s years ago called Situational Leadership. In one exercise, I was set up as a person who was what is term “disillusioned learner” someone with some competency in a task or job, but with low level of confidence. In the role play, managers used different leadership styles to “manage” me. I remember experiencing first hand how good it felt to get very detailed direction when I was in the confused state of being new to a skill.
I use that example because sometimes what our audiences wants and needs is a detailed rendering and step-by-step account of what they need to follow to learn a new skill or a new process.
2. Step-by-Step Approach
If you’re training people on a new skill or a new process, that they themselves will need to apply, then consider the step-by-step approach to your presentation.
What’s important to consider in designing such a presentation?
Explain why the skill or process is important to the audience.
Paint the bigger picture so the audience understands where the new skill or process fits into the scheme of things.
Consider what prerequisite skills, set up and material are needed to begin learning the skill or process.
Clearly explain each step with the eye of the novice in mind.
Give the audience a chance to practice applying the skill or process for themselves.
Give the audience what they’re looking for
If your audience wants to know the secret to your success, if they want to be able to follow the same path to get to the same success themselves, lay out the path for them step-by-step.