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The following list of options for where to go for dinner is not mutually exclusive: Restaurants East of our current location Italian restaurants Restaurants with music Restaurants South of our current location There is overlap within this list. There could be Italian restaurants east of us.
Some restaurants south of us could have music. You will be surprised at how many groups of ideas you will create which will fail this test — and result in you thinking about additional, great points and ideas that make you argument even more powerful.
Inductive vs deductive arguments Deductive reasoning Deductive reasoning starts out with a general statement, or hypothesis, and examines the possibilities to reach a specific, logical conclusion. The scientific method uses deduction to test hypotheses and theories.
The deductive argument presents ideas in successive steps. An example of this type of argument is: Inductive arguments can take very wide ranging forms. Inductive arguments might conclude with a claim that is only based on a sample of information.
Here is an example of an inductive argument. Two independent witnesses claimed John committed the murder. John confessed to the crime. So, John committed the murder. Generally, our advice is to construct inductive-based arguments.
They are easier for an audience to absorb because they require less effort to understand. The challenge is that our instinct when writing a presentation is to present our thinking in the order we did the work, which is usually a deductive process.
No one cares what you did. How hard you worked. They want an answer to a question, not a tour of what you were up to for the last month! Pay special attention to the Introduction The start of a presentation requires special attention from a structural point of view.
It contains many traps which can lead unsuspecting authors astray. The purpose of the presentation is to address a question in the mind of the audience. The objective of the introduction is to establish the groundwork to plant this question, so that the rest of our presentation can focus on answering it.
Context or Starting Point: Where are we now? Financial performance last year was fantastic, but growth has stalled in the first quarter… Begin at the beginning. It is comprised of facts that the audience would be aware of and agree with in advance of reading the presentation. This helps to ground the presentation and establish a common starting point.
This is where the complication comes in. Something has changed… A strategy for returning to growth has been proposed… What happened next? The key objective of the complication is to trigger the Question that your audience will ask in their mind. The question in the mind of the audience Is this the right strategy?
The Question arises logically from the Complication and leads into the Answer. It is not explicitly stated in the introduction, it is implicit. Your answer to the question Yes, it will drive growth because… The Answer to the Question is the substance of presentation and your main point.
It is your recommendation. Summarize it first — completing your introduction — then break it down into details and write the main body of your presentations. This is where we develop our inductive argument, deploying groups of MECE ideas on the way to proving our point.Don't Just Present.
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