Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Education & Schools
  3. General Education

Organizing information for presentations

See also

Any good presentation has 3 basic parts.

An introduction that captures the audience's attention and tells them what the talk will cover.
The body, which is the core of the presentation.
A summary/closing that reviews the main points, tells the audience what action the speaker wants them to take, and relates back to the introduction.

A talk should flow from one part to the next. Points or steps within the body should be covered in logical order with smooth transitions from one point to another.

Getting Attention

It is important to get the audience's attention quickly in the introduction of a talk. Here are four examples of ways to get attention.

Yell....."Fire in the Kitchen!" - this is very effective but should be used sparingly.
Question....."Have you ever thought about how airplanes fly?"
Quote..... Shakespeare once said, "To be or not to be, that is the question"
Surprising fact....."Car accidents are the number one killer of people 16-20"

Make sure you cite sources of factual information where appropriate.

Other ways to gain your audience's attention is through the telling of a funny joke or story or relating a personal experience.

One final note is that speakers should use humor and select jokes cautiously because if the audience is offended there is a potential to lose them permanently.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!