Sticky notes are handy. You can use them for jotting down your grocery list, flagging a page in a book, or leaving a quick note for somebody — among other things. But we use sticky notes to tell stories. The wall of our office is often covered in them — especially if we’re working on a presentation or an eCourse. The variety of sizes and colors gives us the ability to capture ideas quickly, cluster them, and rearrange them. All together, these attributes make them the perfect medium for presentation development.

Working with sticky notes to create a presentation can cut development time in half. Here are ways we use sticky notes to work on our own presentations. Feel free to use it as a starting point for developing your own process.

When you’re working on a new presentation, don’t open the presentation software. Your first goal should be to generate as many ideas as possible. Sticky notes can help you get everything you’re thinking about your topic out of your head, and on to the wall. For example, if you know that you want to talk about your company’s culture, write down all the things you would like to say about that subject on sticky notes — one idea per note. At this stage, it’s about quantity, not quality. The sticky note’s size provides a practical limitation for how much you can say about something, which helps you create messages that are simple and to the point.

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