10 Easy to Follow Tips for Presenting to Senior Executives

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Easy to Follow Tips 10 for Presenting to Senior Executives

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Executives are naturally a TOUGH AUDIENCE.

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They’ve got limited time, competing priorities, information overload, demanding bosses, and pressure to make great decisions quickly.

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They’ll want you to get to the bottom line right away

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#TIP 1 MAKE YOUR INTRODUCTION COUNT Starting strong with executives means giving them confidence that you’re going to use their time wisely.

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#TIP 2 USE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY Be prepared to cover your content in the time allotted and leave ample time for discussion or questions.

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#TIP 3 BE FLEXIBLE Always remember to be flexible and cover what is most important to your audience.

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#TIP 4 KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE  Do they have any preferences?  What topics are particularly interesting to the targeted executive or group of executives?  Do you know their background and objectives?  Are they likely to interrupt your presentation with questions?

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#TIP 5 HAVE DATA TO SUPPORT WHAT YOU SAY Don’t plan to show the Data unless asked. If they need it they will ask, but otherwise save time.

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#TIP 6 SMARTEN YOUR SLIDES Your slides should supplement what you’re saying by offering images, diagrams, and other easy-to-scan information.

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#TIP 7 KEEP IT SIMPLE Research shows that executives appreciate presentations that are clear, brief, and to the point.

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#TIP 8 ASK FOR ACTION What actions do you want them to take? Approve an idea? Give you feedback on your approach? Hire a consulting team? Fund your startup?

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#TIP 9 SUM IT UP Develop a clear, short overview of your key points, and place it in a set of executive summary slides at the front of the deck; have the rest of your slides serve as an appendix.

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#TIP 10 PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Before presenting, run your talk and your slides by a colleague who will serve as an honest coach.

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As with almost everything, the more experience you get presenting to leadership teams, the easier it becomes.

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