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Pyramid principle

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This Pyramid Principle training and templates will help you to write an introduction, apply the Pyramid Principle and create a story board.
This training has been created by former Deloitte Consultant and includes 22 editable Powerpoint slides that can be reused for your own presentations.

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Pyramid principle

  1. 1. Resolve Complex Problems With The Pyramid Principle Training &Templates
  2. 2. 2 www.slidebooks.com2 Objectives of this document “ Improve your ability to resolve complex problem by applying the Pyramid Principle – Training & Templates created by former Deloitte Consultants ” “ Save your time by using our fully editable PowerPoint slides that you can reuse for your own presentation ”
  3. 3. 3 www.slidebooks.com3 Table of content Apply the Pyramid principle Create a story board 2 3 Write the introduction1 Resolve complex problems with the Pyramid Principle?
  4. 4. 4 www.slidebooks.com4 Write an introduction which contains the situation, the complication and the question • A neutral description with facts that you know your audience will agree on • Example: The company’s market is mature and doesn’t offer growth opportunity anymore The situation • A desired change of the current situation • Example: The CEO would like to increase his profit by reducing his cost by 10% The complication • The question that implicitly results from the complication • Example: How can the company reduce its costs by 10%? The question Click here to download the editable PowerPoint version at www.slidebooks.com
  5. 5. 5 www.slidebooks.com5 Table of content Apply the Pyramid principle Create a story board 2 3 Write the introduction1 Resolve complex problems with the Pyramid Principle?
  6. 6. 6 www.slidebooks.com6 Pyramid Principle Definition Click here to download the editable PowerPoint version at www.slidebooks.com
  7. 7. 7 www.slidebooks.com7 Create a pyramid with your answer and supporting arguments - Template Insert your answer Insert your supporting argument #1.1 Insert your supporting argument #1.2 Insert your supporting argument #1.3 Insert your supporting argument #2.1 Insert your supporting argument #2.2 Insert your supporting argument #2.3 Insert your supporting argument #3.1 Insert your supporting argument #3.2 Insert your supporting argument #1 Insert your supporting argument #2 Insert your supporting argument #3 Insert your supporting argument #3,3 Insert your introduction’s question Why or How? Why or How?Why or How? Why or How? To communicate in a structured way with a busy executive, you should start with the answer to the executive’s question first, and then list your supporting arguments Group, summarize and order logically your supporting arguments
  8. 8. 8 www.slidebooks.com8 The company can reduce its cost by $5 millions through some operational improvements Select non-core functions Evaluate cost and service level of potential partners Choose one partner for each function Design current processes Compare current process to best-in- class benchmarks Adopt best practices based on benchmarks Select and review current supplier costs Evaluate cost of potential alternative suppliers Outsource non-core functions to save $3 Millions Simplify core functions processes to save $1 Million Review supplier cost to save $1 Million Renegotiate supplier contracts and/or choose alternative suppliers How can the company reduce its cost by 10%? Create a pyramid with your answer and supporting arguments - Example
  9. 9. 9 www.slidebooks.com9 Ensure that your pyramid is Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive (MECE) Click here to download the editable PowerPoint version at www.slidebooks.com
  10. 10. 10 www.slidebooks.com10 Ensure that each category of your pyramid doesn’t contain too many subcategories In this example, each category only contain 3 subcategories, which is the ideal number for a clear communication Why or How? Why or How?Why or How? Why or How? Ensure a vertical logic by answering the question “why” or “how”
  11. 11. 11 www.slidebooks.com11 You an also use an horizontal logic within your pyramid… Horizontal logic at the first level Horizontal logic at the seond level
  12. 12. 12 www.slidebooks.com12 …by using a deductive logic… The concept of deduction Company X is not profitable Company Y is profitable Company Y outsources its non core functions Company X should outsource its non core functions A coherent and logic way of reasoning which automatically leads to a conclusion Very convincing Sometimes hard to follow Situation Observation Conclusion Click here to download the editable PowerPoint version at www.slidebooks.com
  13. 13. 13 www.slidebooks.com13 …or an inductive logic The concept of induction Industry is attractive Competition is low Entry barriers are low Company X should invest in industry Y A chain of non-related statements which make it possible to draw a certain conclusion It is simple Link between conclusion and the statements not always obvious A list of independent statements Conclusion
  14. 14. 14 www.slidebooks.com14 The template below can be used to summarize the introduction, your answer and the key hypotheses • Situation: Replace the text by your own text • Complication: Replace the text by your own text • Question: Replace the text by your own text • Replace the text by your own text Insert supporting argument #1 Insert supporting argument #2 Insert supporting argument #3 First answer Introduction • Insert key message # 1 • Insert key message # 2 • Insert key message # 3 • Insert key message # 1 • Insert key message # 2 • Insert key message # 3 • Insert key message # 1 • Insert key message # 2 • Insert key message # 3
  15. 15. 15 www.slidebooks.com15 Table of content Apply the Pyramid principle Create a story board 2 3 Write the introduction1 Resolve complex problems with the Pyramid Principle?
  16. 16. 16 www.slidebooks.com16 Based on your pyramid, identify the slides that you need to produce Answer Supporting argument #1.1 Supporting argument #1.2 Supporting argument #1.3 Supporting argument #2.1 Supporting argument #2.2 Supporting argument #2.3 Supporting argument #1 Supporting argument #2 Why or How? Why or How?Why or How? # Introduction (situation, complication and question) Slide to be produced 1 2 73 4 5 6 8 9 10 Click here to download the editable PowerPoint version at www.slidebooks.com
  17. 17. 17 www.slidebooks.com17 Then create a storyboard to have an overview of your presentation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Company’s profits are decreasing We should outsource Competitor X is profitable Company X has same revenue as us But Company X has lower cost 50% of his core functions have been outsourced
  18. 18. 18 www.slidebooks.com18 Ensure that your storyboard combines horizontal and vertical logic 1 2 3Key message #1 Key message #2 Key message #3 Horizontal logic: A presentation should be easily understood by only reading the key message of each slide Vertical logic: Texts, diagrams and charts should support the key message Click here to download the editable PowerPoint version at www.slidebooks.com
  19. 19. 19 www.slidebooks.com19 And finally produce the slides!
  20. 20. 20 www.slidebooks.com20 Summary How to effectively communicate to Business Executives through great and logical presentation? Create a MECE Pyramid with your answer and supporting arguments Create a logical storyboard based on your Pyramid 2 3 Write an introduction containing the situation, complication and question 1 Produce your slides with a horizontal and vertical logic4 Click here to download the editable PowerPoint version at www.slidebooks.com
  21. 21. 21 www.slidebooks.com21 Sources of information Sources of information Slidology: the art and science of creating great presentations by Nancy Duarte The McKinsey Way by Ethan Rasiel The Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto
  22. 22. 22 www.slidebooks.com22 Feedback Related Product Please feel free to contact us on sales@slidebooks.com if you have any feedback or request regarding this document Thanks Thank you for reading our slides Click to access details Click to access details Click here to download the editable PowerPoint version at www.slidebooks.com

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