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How to Prepare a Presentation for the Board Meeting

By 26.10.2023No Comments

A presentation for a board meeting differs from a normal presentation due to the time constraints and requirement for unanimity. Board members are the primary players in the success of a business, consequently their decisions are a major factor in the success of the business. To make the right decision, they need all the relevant information to be available within the shortest amount of time and taking all risks into consideration. It is crucial to understand what the board wants to achieve by presenting and your presentation should be geared towards achieving that desired goal.

The best way to do this is to put your most important data points into context. You shouldn’t just provide the conversion rate for the latest product. You have to explain to the board how it compares to industry norms or expectations. If the board can come to the right conclusions based on the information they’re seeking it will be much easier to convince them to accept your suggestions or vision for the future.

Spend some time researching the board members’ backgrounds and interests prior to making your presentation. This will help you anticipate questions they might pose and either work them into your presentation or come up with a thoughtful answer for an open Q&A session after the presentation. I’ve seen presentations where the speaker has tried to guess at the nature of the question but if they get it wrong it can have a big impact on their credibility.