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Overview of the SpeakerMap

Watch this video from Nail that Presentation to get an overview of how the SpeakerMap® works.
Or read the transcript below.

“In this video we’re going to give you an overview of the main tool that you’ll be using for planning your presentation – the SpeakerMap®.

Why do we call it a map? Because we think it’s useful to think of a presentation as a journey that you, the presenter, are taking the audience on. So you, as the presenter, need to map out the route that the journey is going to take.

At a practical level, the SpeakerMap® is a way of organising your content. It’s a series of boxes that contain the information that’s in your presentation. Some of the boxes have three or more pieces of material in them – that’s why it looks a bit complicated. But if we take it back to just the main boxes and give you the big picture view, it becomes easy to understand.

The first box is Set the Scene. The purpose of Set the Scene is to get your audience focused on what you’re going to be talking about. Set the scene gets the audience engaged.

The second box is the Destination Statement. On this journey, you’re taking your audience to a specific destination. So you’ll state your destination using a short, impactful sentence – your Destination Statement. The Destination Statement gives your presentation focus and clarity.

The next three boxes contain the main body of your presentation in a logical sequence. We call this a 3Q sequence as each box is based on a question and there are three boxes. Each box is expandable allowing you to easily adjust your presentation to different lengths. Inside each box of the 3Q sequence are Assertion-Evidence Combos. An assertion is a statement of fact or opinion. And Evidence is back-up material that makes your presentation persuasive and engaging.

When finally you reach the last box, you’ve arrived at your Destination. So you’ll state your destination Statement once again. The repetition helps your audience to remember it and it also gives a sense of completion.

Now we’ll show you a short video of a live presentation, created with the SpeakerMap® so you can see what a presentation designed with this tool is like.”

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