Effective leadership hinges on your ability to deliver impactful presentations that leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re addressing your team, investors, or stakeholders, the art of preparing your presentation effectively in 3 steps can make all the difference. In this article, we’ll explore a streamlined process that simplifies the path to presentation success. Read on to uncover the secrets to leadership that motivates, remains transparent, and consistently delivers dynamic presentations.

A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.
Proverbs 16:10 explained

You’re a leader and you are preparing a presentation to your team, investors, and stakeholders. Oh, and you only have an hour to prepare! I assume you are knowledgeable about the facts of your situation and you know the direction you want to go. Now, you have to organize your thoughts and present them in a positive and convincing manner. Here’s how.

Preparing your Presentation Effectively in 3 steps

  1. Start with revealing WHAT IS. WHAT IS describes the good, bad, and ugly of the current situation. If you can spell this out in an honest and objective way, you will establish some credibility and others will see you have both feet planted on the ground of reality. This first part does not need to be long but it needs to be clear and to the point.
    • Example: We have had a rough year (and then animate the relevant facts).
  2. Then describe where you (we, the organization) is aiming at. The one main objective. The chief aim. This includes, if possible, the WHAT and the WHEN. As concrete as possible describe the vision. Also, if at all possible, paint a picture of the timing. How long will it take? 90 days? 6 months? A year?
    • Example: However, by the end of this year, we will once again be profitable.
  3. Finally, you must provide the HOW. Explaining the strategy of how we are going to get from where we are to where we want to go helps close the doubt gap. It does not require every detail but it does need to provide a clear direction. The leadership team collaborates on the details of the strategy. Typically, I recommend identifying three initiatives or steps to accomplish the goal. Focus is the key. Too many initiatives, and too many goals, reveal a lack of organizational discipline and maturity.
    • Example: We will regain profitability by focusing on these three initiatives: 1. Clear out all over-stocked inventory, 2. Focus on our core products, 3. Improve our P&L management disciplines.

Master Presentation Preparation in 3 Easy Steps!

Finally, this three-step presentation, WHAT IS, WHERE ARE WE GOING, AND HOW WE WILL GET THERE, can be a full day(s) of presentation and discussion or it can be described within five minutes depending on the context. In fact, if you can construct and deliver these within five minutes, you will be able to guide a team through the whole process to make the plan even better.


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