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Important sections

Looking at the structure of a good presentation.
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Effective presentations are organised into clear sections that help to communicate the important points and the main message.

The introduction

A clear and confident introduction can make a good impression. It can also capture the attention of the audience and give them a good reason to continue listening.

The main body

The body of the presentation is where you can share the details of your main message and any other important points. You can divide it into sub-sections, each covering a different topic.

The conclusion

The conclusion sums up important points and repeats the main message. It’s also a good time to thank the audience for listening and to invite questions.

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