How to Prepare a Presentation for the Board Meeting

A presentation for a board meeting differs from a normal presentation due to the pressure of time and the requirement for unanimousity. Board members have the greatest stake in a company’s success therefore their decisions will have profound implications for the business. To make the best decision, they need all relevant information to be available within the shortest amount of time and taking all risks into account. That’s why it’s essential to understand what the board wants to accomplish with your presentation and that your communication should be geared towards achieving that objective.

The best method to do this is to put your key data points in context. It isn’t enough to just talk about the conversion rate for an innovative product. You must show the board how it compares to industry standards or expectations. If the board can make the right conclusions based on the information they’re seeking it will be easier to convince them of your suggestions or vision for the future.

Before presenting to the board, spend some time researching their background and the kinds of issues they are interested in. This will help you anticipate the questions they could ask and incorporate them into your presentation or be prepared with a considered answer for questions after the presentation. I’ve seen presentations where the presenter tried to guess what the question was. If they were wrong, it could affect their credibility.

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