Everyone loves a good presentation – but only if they’re well organized and easy to follow. The last thing you want is for your audience to be left confused or uninterested. The solution? Creating PowerPoint maps that are engaging and detailed. They give your audience all the information they need in a succinct, organized way. A well-planned presentation will serve as an introduction to each of your main points, ensuring that everyone stays interested and on track throughout the whole speech. These Power Point maps are also great for expanding on during Q&A sessions at the end of your presentation, saving you from answering similar questions again and again! This blog post covers everything you need to know about creating detailed and engaging PowerPoint maps – along with some useful examples.
What is a PowerPoint Map?
A PowerPoint map is a simplified overview of your speech. It gives your audience an idea of what your speech will cover, and how they connect with your main points. It will also provide a guide as to how you want your audience to react to your speech. There are plenty of examples of PowerPoint maps online, such as this one by Jason Soto. If you’re not quite sure how to start creating one yourself, don’t worry. We’ll walk you through some quick tips and tricks. A PowerPoint map is essentially a topic outline. You’ll have one main topic, and then a few subtopics branching off from that. The goal is to have a map that is as easy to follow as possible. It should have a logical order, and flow easily between one section to the next. The map should also be easy to read and understand, with each part clearly labeled and grouped together.
Creating Well-Organized Maps
When you’re creating a PowerPoint map, it’s important to think carefully about each section. You want each point to be as clear and concise as possible, without going over the allotted time frame. You also want your audience to react to each section in the desired way. For example, your introduction section should grab their attention and leave them craving more information. Your conclusion section should leave them feeling inspired, and confident in what they’ve just heard.
Your body section should expand on each main point as efficiently as possible, while also leaving room for your audience to respond. To organize your map, think carefully about how each part relates to the next. If you’re struggling to create a logical order, try rearranging the order of your main points to see which is most logical. If you’re struggling to come up with a clear, concise point for each section, try answering this question for each section – What do I want my audience to feel after hearing this part of my speech? What do I want them to walk away with?
Make Your Point
Now that you’ve got a basic structure in place, it’s time to make some points. The best way to start is to brainstorm as many ideas as possible. Don’t worry too much about editing and organizing them just yet. Simply focus on getting as many ideas out on paper as you can. Then, engage in a bit of mind mapping to streamline your ideas and make them easier to understand. Once you’re happy with the overall content of your map, you can start organizing and editing.
Make sure that each point is as clear and concise as possible. Remember that your map will only last a few minutes. You’ll only have time to cover the main points, and a brief explanation of each. Make sure to keep your points short, yet engaging and powerful. Avoid verbose language, and simply get to the point. Avoiding unnecessary waffling will help keep your speech on track and efficient.
Add Images and Timing
Adding images to your PowerPoint map will help break up the monotony of text. It will also help illustrate the points you’re making, ensuring that your audience doesn’t miss anything important. If you’re using images that you’ve found online, make sure that they’re properly sourced and credited. You don’t want to risk getting in trouble, or distracting your audience with copyright issues.
You also want to make sure that the images are relevant and have a clear connection to your points. You don’t want them to be too obvious, or distracting. Try to choose images that your audience can relate to, or that help them better understand what you’re talking about. Timing is extremely important when it comes to PowerPoint maps. You want each section to last between 2-10 minutes. If you’re new to creating PowerPoint maps, or public speaking in general, we suggest keeping each section closer to 2 minutes for the first few speeches. It’s better to keep each section a little shorter, than to run over and lose your audience.
Add Speaker Notes
Now, we come to the most important part of any PowerPoint map – the speaker notes. These notes are written by you, and will be seen only by you while you’re presenting. They’re your cheat sheet, and your guide while speaking. They can also be incredibly useful to your audience. If you’re using your notes to guide your speech, make sure that they only include the main points you want to make.
If you want to include further details, simply add them to the main map itself. If you’re not sure how to do this, try creating your notes in the same way you wrote your main points. If you’re struggling to come up with speaker notes, there are a few ways you can go about it. You can read through your notes and outline like you did in high school, or you can try speaking them out loud.
Add Summary and Review
Now that you’ve addressed all of your main points, it’s time to add a little extra. You don’t want your speech to end abruptly, or your audience to be left feeling lost or unfulfilled. Ending on a high note and tying up all loose ends will leave your audience feeling satisfied and inspired.
To do this, add a short summary of your main points, and a brief review of what they’ve just heard. The summary should be no longer than 1-2 minutes, and should remind your audience of everything they’ve just heard. The review should be a little more in-depth, and should help your audience walk away feeling confident and informed.
Finally, it’s time to end your speech. This is the part of your presentation where you bring everything to a close. You can do this in a few different ways – you can simply summarize your final point, or you could end on a positive note. You can thank your audience for listening, and remind them as to why you’re giving the speech in the first place. Your conclusion should be short, but effective.
It should leave your audience feeling satisfied and inspired. It should also help them walk away with something valuable – whether that’s advice, or a new understanding of a certain topic. Your conclusion should be clear and concise, with no room for excess or waffling.