PowerPoint Tips: 5 Steps to Organizing a Presentation Like a Soldier


By Ellen Finkelstein

In an article in Time magazine (August 29, 2011 issue), “The New Greatest Generation,” a veteran explains how military officers are trained to construct an action plan for every mission.

If you are giving a presentation that lays out an action plan, you can use the same structure. It has 5 parts:

Acronym: SMESC

Mnemonic: Sergeant major eats sugar cookies (No, I didn’t make this up!)

#1. Situation: What’s the problem?

#2. Mission: What’s our strategy for solving the problem?

Steps 3-5/Article continued here

This excerpt is shared with permission from ellenfinkelstein.com.

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