Arranging ideas into a logical order
Once you have set the scene and grabbed your audience's attention, you need to present your ideas in a way that gets your message across in a logical order. For instance, if one part of your message needs information from another part of your message, make sure that information is presented first.
For example, consider the following scenario. You need to explain to a job seeker what you will be doing with them when they come to see you each fortnight. You need to make sure they understand:
- what's involved
- that you will both have to sign to say that you agree to any changes to strategies you initially agreed upon
- that strategies will need to be reviewed and discussed
- that they will need to report on their job seeking efforts every two weeks
- that any changes will need to be added to their file.
A logical way to present this might be for you to say:
- Every two weeks when you come in to see me I need to find out how your job hunting has been going.
- We need to review the strategies we set up and discuss how well they are going.
- If there are any changes we need to make, these need to be formalised and written into your file.
- We both have to sign to say that we both agree to the amended conditions.
- Do you understand all that?