Using post-its to build the presentation structure
Structure comes first
To define the structure of a new presentation I am using the post-it method. Post-its have the advantage that they can be moved around on a page and their small size helps you to focus, focus, focus. Many presentation gurus (Nancy Duarte, Garr Reynolds to name just two) suggest using them at the beginning. I use an A3 sheet of paper on which I printed the BBP template from Cliff Atkinson, which I find to be a good starting point. The hierarchical structure helps me to focus the content around 3 main points, and then develop 2 levels of sub-points.
This manual (analog) method doesn’t make my mind wander off to thinking what could be visual ways of presenting the information, what fonts would be appropriate, what charts and what photographs. I’ll leave these decisions to later.
Once I like the structure, I copy the text from each post-it into the outline view in PowerPoint. This gives me a single slide for each post-it.
Now comes the second phase, thinking about individual slides.
How do you start building a brand new presentation? Post-its? Straight to PowerPoint?