Using a Lesson Plan Outline to Organize Your Presentation

Being intentional and methodical when it comes to organizing your thoughts around a presentation – whether a 5-minute presentation during a team meeting, a formal training session or even a sales pitch – is such an under-utilized art form.

When I write the words “intentional and methodical,” I don’t mean just having an outline and then spending time on developing your slides to illustrate your point. I use the words “intentional and methodical” to mean obsessive use of a formula that has been proven effective and successful in producing observable results.

And there are a number of people searching for such a formula to use obsessively. “Lesson Plan Template” is one of the most common search terms that leads people to the Train Like A Champion blog. In general, those three key words (and variations thereof) will take readers to one of the following previous posts that feature a blank lesson plan template:

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If you’re in the market for a new way to organize your thoughts, and you want to try a formula that has been proven successful (a previous post entitled The Evolution of an SME offers more details on this claim), by all means, please visit one of those previous posts and download the free lesson plan template.

Several readers have asked for a sample template that has been filled out in order to get a feel for how best to use this lesson plan template and how much information should be included (ie: should it be a verbatim script, should it simply have bullet points of key ideas to be presented, or should it have something in between these two extremes?). If you’d like to see an example of this lesson plan template in action, please click on this link to view a webinar lesson plan I created using this template.

If you do end up using this format to help organize your thoughts, I’d love to hear how it works (so please drop a line in the comments section below). If you use a different method to organize your thoughts, I’d love to hear what method works for you (again, please drop a line in the comments section below).

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