My summer reading this year includes a book about making effective presentations by Nancy Duarte. I started skimming it a bit this morning just to get my bearings.
Early in the book she lays out a timeline for developing a one-hour presentation that includes 30 slides.
6-20 hours: Research and collect input
1 hour: Build an audience-needs map
2 hours: Generate ideas using sticky notes
1 hour: Organize the ideas
1 hour: Have colleagues critique or collaborate about the impact ideas will have on audience
2 hours: Sketch a structure and/or story board
20-60 hours: Build the slides
3 hours: Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
Total: 36-90 hours
I think I read once that Adam Hamilton spends 10-20 hours per week developing his sermons, which tend to run 30 to 40 minutes. If you take out the 20-60 hours to build PowerPoint slides from Duarte’s list, then Hamilton fits in the lower end of her time frame.
Even adjusting down for the fact that my sermons tend to run 12-17 minutes, I know that I do not cover her bases. I’m curious what thoughts and reactions other preachers have to Duarte’s ideas.