- Outline your presentation – I learned how to create an outline in grade school and still find it very useful today in organizing my thoughts. I’ve tried to “wing it” in the past without an outline, and found that creating a presentation takes much longer. It is easy to tweak the sequence of slides when you follow an outline.
- Try a collaboration utility like Google Wave – Ann Marie and I signed up for the beta test of this collaboration tool and have found it works well for us to share ideas about our presentations. Since December, when I found out I would be giving this presentation, I have been clipping web sites and adding them to Google Wave; I especially like the ability to look at the time sequence and back links to the original articles.
- Photos and files – Microsoft Office has a wonderful online resource where you can download royalty-free clip art to spice up a presentation. There are also other sites like iStockPhoto where you can download photos for a nominal fee. I created individual folders in My Documents to house the PDF articles, photos, the Word documents of my outline, and the shell of my PowerPoint presentation. I have found that by placing shortcuts to these folders on my Desktop, it makes it easy for me to navigate to those folders once I have a sudden flash of inspiration.
If you are planning to have a long presentation such as mine, doing a little organization in the beginning of your project and starting early, will save you a great deal of time and frustration in the end!