How to Create a Presentation Outline

Updated July 12, 2018

Presentations are great tools for sharing information. The best way to make sure your presentation gets the points across you want, and to verify you will properly cover all the topics is to create a presentation outline first. By following these steps, your presentation outline will be formed in a way which provides the right amount of detail.

Assign a presentation topic and title to your outline. It is a good idea to try to form your topic into a question to be answered.

Determine the key points you want to cover in your presentation. You must have between three and five points to support or answer the topic.

Include a high-level list of details you want to cover under each key point. This combined with the key points provides the body of the presentation.

Outline where in the presentation there will be demonstrations. Make note of when you may use other audiovisuals and what those will be as well.

Provide a conclusion and review of the topics covered. Note in your outline where you want to stop and ask questions of the group, or where you will provide them the opportunity to ask you questions.

Write out the closing you intend to use. The closing must sum up the original question, answer the question or topic and include an "attention grabbing" ending.

Determine and note what sections or pieces of information you can cover quickly or skip entirely if your presentation runs long. In addition, make some notes on information you can add if the presentation runs short and it must be a certain length of time.


Note in your outline how much time you expect to spend on each key point. When you create the actual presentation this will help you determine how much detail to include.

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