Every time I have a presentation that matters, I’ve learnt that I should take the time to write down a draft of what I plan to say.
Even if there are slides and even if I know the key themes, it helps a great deal to be able to map all my thinking down.
2 things happen when I do that –
1. I cull unnecessary content. There always is a lot of it. And, writing it down helps clarify my thinking.
2. I feel very comfortable veering off track. I rarely end up sticking to the exact content. But, having written it down gives me the confidence to change strategy on the fly.
And, I find both things to make the pain of writing it out worth it.