Brainstorming Your Presentation


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Brainstorming Your Presentation

About the Book

In the introduction to Presenting for Geeks (also available on Leanpub), I wrote:

"Writing down what you know about a topic and what you consider important (in other words brainstorming) is actually a good way to start preparing for a presentation."

While the book did go into a little more detail, it took me a while to realise that many people are still struggling with this first but important step for their presentation. How do you brainstorm effectively? Are there any tools and techniques that you can use? And what, exactly, does it even mean to brainstorm?

"Brainstorming Your Presentation" delivers the answers to these questions. As the title suggests, it focusses on helping you brainstorm when you're working on a presentation.

The book has two parts. In the first part, you'll learn how to brainstorm for a presentation, and how to do it effectively. The second part discusses examples, how-tos, and tools that will help you brainstorm in a modern world.

About the Author

Dirk Haun
Dirk Haun

Dirk Haun works as a presentation coach in Stuttgart, Germany. He's the author of Presenting for Geeks (also available right here on Leanpub) and the co-organiser and speaker liaison at TEDxStuttgart. 

Dirk writes about presenting on his blog, The Mobile Presenter,

You can follow Dirk on Twitter at @dirkhaun. If you're tweeting about this book, please use the hashtag #bypbook. Thank you.

About the Contributors

Andreas Zeitler
Andreas Zeitler

Andreas Zeitler is the CEO of zCasting 3000, a motion graphics and video production company focusing on their customers' individual stories.

Lena Mohr
Lena Mohr

Lena Mohr is an information designer based in Stuttgart, Germany. Besides design and illustration, she likes travelling and ballet.

Reader Testimonials

Timo Antony
Timo Antony

Ever wondered how to sort out your great ideas? Then read "Brainstorming Your Presentation".

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
      • Change Your Approach - and Your Location
  • What Is Brainstorming And How Do You Use It?
    • On Brainstorming
      • Stop Brainstorming
      • So What Is Brainstorming, Actually?
        • Osborn’s Rules for Brainstorming
      • Mind Mapping
    • What to Brainstorm About
      • A Framework For Brainstorming
        • Audience: Who Are They?
        • Burning Need: What Do They Expect From You?
        • Context: Where and When?
      • Set Your Objectives
        • From Before to After
        • Have an Actionable Goal
    • Effective Brainstorming
      • Timeboxing
      • What To Do When You’re Stuck
        • Oblique Strategies
        • Briefingcards
        • Story Cubes
        • Magnetic Poetry Kit
        • Others
  • Brainstorming in Practice: How-Tos And Tools
    • The Dual Use of Post-its
      • Post-its for Brainstorming
      • Post-its As Draft Slides
      • What’s Next
    • Sample Cases
      • The Case of the Missing Tools
      • It Doesn’t Always Work Out
    • Alternatives to Post-its
      • Stattys
      • Paper Alternatives
        • Index Cards
        • Paper Notebooks
      • Look Around You!
        • When Inspiration Strikes
    • Software for Brainstorming
      • Mind Mapping
        • Text-only vs. Multimedia
        • A Personal Note On Mind Mapping
      • Outliners
      • Other Software
        • Sticky Notes Apps
        • If You Have Nothing Else …
    • Taking Your Notes with You
      • Post-it Plus App
      • Noteboard
      • Betabook
      • Smart Pens
        • Smart Pens Using Special Paper
        • Smart Pens Using Sensors
        • The Verdict On Smart Pens
      • Other Solutions?
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgements
      • Image Credits
      • Thanks
    • About the Author
  • Notes

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