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Lesson 6. Gather Your Evidence > Create a Preliminary Outline - Pg. 27

Gather Your Evidence 27 · Clear. --An analogy or anecdote should be easy to understand and clearly relate to your central message or supporting evidence. · Consistent. --The evidence you present should be consistent with the expectations of your audience. One speaker I recall opened her presentation with an off-color joke that seemed completely inappropriate to the occasion. The audience was turned off for the rest of her talk. · Clever. --Try to select examples that will stimulate your audience, not boring, overused material. Once you've gathered information, you're ready to take a first stab at an outline for your presentation. Create a Preliminary Outline You now have the ideas and the supporting evidence to create a preliminary outline. 1. 2. 3. 4. Write out each of your main points. Under each point, list the supporting information that you have collected. Evaluate the material in terms of the five criteria described in the preceding section. Decide whether any point appears to be weakly supported and needs more data. If so, go back to your file and look for more information. If none is there, you may have to do additional research. Company publications may be helpful, especially if you're speaking to a group of employees about an internal problem. Tip Most presentations have very tight deadlines so there usually isn't much time to find more research material if you need it. The quickest approach is the Internet. Use one of the search engines, type in your topic, and see what comes up.