Presenting to the board of directors can be a terrifying prospect or an exciting possibility to look forward to -- it all depends on how prepared you are for your presentation. If you have been called on to present to the board of directors you should already be confident because it means someone believes you have something relevant to offer the board. Success in your presentation can have benefits for your work team, projects you are pitching, and your career with the organisation. In order to effectively present to the board, you need to plan your presentation carefully and follow a few basic steps.
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Write a plan for your presentation. You should list the relevant topics you plan to cover and the details that fall under each of the topics. This will help you to understand what it is you really want to talk about. Anything unimportant or superfluous can be removed from your plan -- you want it to be straightforward and simple. Arrange your topics in an order that makes sense and holds the interest of your audience.
Design a presentation based on your plan. You should do this in a computer program such as Microsoft PowerPoint. Your slides should be simple and without distracting fonts or images. Graphs and images related to your topic may be beneficial, however, to better explain topics and hold the attention of your audience.
Rehearse your presentation. Go through it a few times until you feel comfortable. You should not memorise what you will say, but you should be able to speak concisely about each slide you will present.
Set up everything you will need for your presentation. Arrive early so you can set up the projector and be sure it is working properly. You can take the last bit of time remaining to look over your slides one last time.
Deliver your presentation by speaking clearly and sticking to the points that you have rehearsed. Allow for time to answer any questions board members may have for you.
Tips and warnings
- When rehearsing your presentation, it helps to have a friend or colleague watch you to offer feedback about your presentation including your diction and mannerisms.
- Be careful not to over-rehearse. You don't want to sound like a robot; while you should be intimately familiar with the details of your presentation, you should not be reciting your presentation from memory.
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