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Do you have a great presentation with a slow start?

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

The video here gives you a great option for how to figure out a better opening.

If you're an academic researcher, here’s another 👇

Give your abstract to 4 or 5 people

Ask them where they’d begin reading the article

(researchers typically say results or discussion)

Recraft your presentation to start there

And a note: resist the temptation to start with the abstract as overview and then go to the interesting bit. Start right at a result or discussion point and then give them the abstract. This format is much more likely to make people curious. Just ignore the voice in your head that says, “but this is not how it’s done.”


This is part of a "shadowtalker" series I began last summer in PEI. Stay tuned , more from him coming soon.

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