12 Questions For Preparing a Presentation

This week I will be speaking to a group of students about worship. I have a short amount of time and want to make sure I communicate clearly. As a part of my preparation I am going to use this list of questions that I found in the book Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds:

  1. How much time do I have?
  2. What the venue like?
  3. What time of the day?
  4. Who is the audience?
  5. What's their background?
  6. What do they expect of me
  7. Why was I asked to speak?
  8. What do I want them to do?
  9. What visual medium is most appropriate for this particular situation and audience?
  10. What is the fundamental purpose of my talk?
  11. What's the story here?
  12. What is my absolutely central point?

The last question is the most crucial to answer before I put it all on paper. I have become a big fan of focusing on one point in any talk I give after reading Andy Stanley and Lane Jones' book: Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication

Here are the topics for each day:

Day 1: God's Story

Day 2: God Speaks We Respond

Day 3: Glorify God and Encourage Each other

Day 4: God's Story Intersects Our Story