5 tips for effective business
presentation
Nivrutti Garud
Whenever you see a successful business,
someone once made a courageous decision.
- Peter F. Drucker
Leadership expectation: Project team should help the
leadership to make the decision
Leadership
Project
team
Make
decision...
I DON’T CARE, COME TO THE
POINT
1
The audience only pays attention as long as you
know where you are going.
- Philip Crosby
Start with results / recommendation; Result is A,
because of X, Y & Z
Start with
recommendation
/ executive
summary
Then s...
Avoid presenting information first and then conclusion
Creator (Presenter)
• Already knows the conclusion
• Can correlate ...
THE 80 / 20 PRINCIPLE
2
Ask yourself, “if I had only sixty seconds on the
stage, what would I absolutely have to say to get
my message across”.
- ...
Focus on important things that matter most
Most important points (20%)
• Spend appropriate time
• Share first
• Discuss ea...
Do not spend too much time on being 100% accurate or
perfect; evaluate how much is good enough
How much
is good
enough?
To...
DATA IS NOT INFORMATION
3
Data is not information, information is not
knowledge, knowledge is not understanding,
understanding is not wisdom.
- Clif...
Analyze the data and present conclusions
Share
conclusions
Use data to
support your
conclusion
Do not leave
things for
int...
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE
WORST?
4
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
- Benjamin Franklin
Talk about your top risks and plans to mitigate these
risks
• Worst case scenario is
important consideration
while making ...
LESS IS GOOD
5
No one complains about the speech being too
short.
- Ira Hayes
Do not fall in a trap of including everything or isn’t
something missed out?
Include
everything
Everything
heard but
not
r...
A wise man speaks because he has something to
say, a fool speaks because he has to say
something.
- Plato
Be wise
All the ...
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I have worked in business planning and new product development area and have presented multiple business proposals / product proposals for approval to the senior leadership.
These are few tips which helped me to make effective business presentations.

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  1. 1. 5 tips for effective business presentation Nivrutti Garud
  2. 2. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. - Peter F. Drucker
  3. 3. Leadership expectation: Project team should help the leadership to make the decision Leadership Project team Make decision Help to make decision Responsibility of project team to help Leadership in making right choice
  4. 4. I DON’T CARE, COME TO THE POINT 1
  5. 5. The audience only pays attention as long as you know where you are going. - Philip Crosby
  6. 6. Start with results / recommendation; Result is A, because of X, Y & Z Start with recommendation / executive summary Then support your recommendation (answer WHY?) • Recommended for presentations to Leadership • Conveys message when audience is likely to be attentive • Retaining the audience’s attention is easier • Easier to link the information to conclusion Conclusion first • Use when the topic is controversial Results in the end
  7. 7. Avoid presenting information first and then conclusion Creator (Presenter) • Already knows the conclusion • Can correlate slides to results while presenting Audience • Does not know the conclusion if not presented in the beginning • Difficult to correlate slides to the conclusion
  8. 8. THE 80 / 20 PRINCIPLE 2
  9. 9. Ask yourself, “if I had only sixty seconds on the stage, what would I absolutely have to say to get my message across”. - Jeff Dewar
  10. 10. Focus on important things that matter most Most important points (20%) • Spend appropriate time • Share first • Discuss each point separately Other points (80%) • Spend as minimum time as possible • Share after you are done with important points • Summarize all points together Remember: What you have is 20 – 40 minutes
  11. 11. Do not spend too much time on being 100% accurate or perfect; evaluate how much is good enough How much is good enough? To convince To conclude To make decisions
  12. 12. DATA IS NOT INFORMATION 3
  13. 13. Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom. - Clifford Stoll
  14. 14. Analyze the data and present conclusions Share conclusions Use data to support your conclusion Do not leave things for interpretation Share data with purpose It is easier to convince with a picture than showing a drawing paper, a color box and explaining about the picture
  15. 15. ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE WORST? 4
  16. 16. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. - Benjamin Franklin
  17. 17. Talk about your top risks and plans to mitigate these risks • Worst case scenario is important consideration while making decisions Decision Making • Are you prepared for the worst? Leadership concern What can go wrong • Share risks What are plans to manage it? •Share mitigation plans Gives confidence to the leadership that you are prepared
  18. 18. LESS IS GOOD 5
  19. 19. No one complains about the speech being too short. - Ira Hayes
  20. 20. Do not fall in a trap of including everything or isn’t something missed out? Include everything Everything heard but not received • One message per slide • 3 bullets (>3 should be an exception) per slide • 5 words per bullet Focus on being concise • More time is spent listening to you • Less time is spent eading the slides Advantage
  21. 21. A wise man speaks because he has something to say, a fool speaks because he has to say something. - Plato Be wise All the best - Nivrutti

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