When I am preparing for a presentation I like to devise an outline on paper first. I initially used to do that by writing on a simple white sheet of paper. Since the space for ideas is limited, I always had to erase the “bad ideas” to get space for the good ones. However, it is worth keeping all your ideas – also the one that might not fit at the first glance but could be perfect when you rearrange the plot of your presentation.
Therefore, I was never really satisfied with the limited flexibility this method provided me. I would have loved to just move around some of the topics to create a better story.
Later on, I used Post-Its on a white wall. This works actually pretty well unless you decide to take the Post-Its down and put them back up too often. Ah yes, and don’t open the window when you use the Post-It method! 😀
Recently I came across a different tool, which actually works best for me. I use little sheets that stick to almost any kind of surface by electrostatic interactions. They are called Stattys and come in many different shapes and colours. You can take them down and put them back up as often as you want, or you can simply move them around – they won’t fall off! If the electrostatic interaction gets weaker, just rub them on your hair and here you go again…
May the electrostatic force be with you!