Executive level presentations can threaten the equilibrium of even the most skilled business presenters. A planned delivery can be tossed upside down as unexpected interruptions, questions and dialogue usurp the allotted time.
This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your presentation practices so you can maintain your balance successfully in the C-Suite.
TIP #8: DON'T USE ALL YOUR TIME
A good rule of thumb is that your presentation should take only 70% of the time you've been given. This adequately allows for interruptions, discussion, Q&A and unexpected delays.
For example, if you have a one-hour time slot, design your presentation to take 40 minutes. That extra 20 minutes might seem like a lot of time left over, but think about the number of presentations you've seen that run out of time because of energetic dialogue. It's a given that executives will not sit mutely in their seats but will participate with questions and comments.
C-Level Presentation Tip #7: Anticipate Tough Questions
C-Level Presentation Tip #6: Beware of Too Many Slides
C-Level Presentation Tip #5: Analyze Your Audience
C-Level Presentation Tip #4: Beware of Too Much Detail
C-Level Presentation Tip #3: Expect and Be Happy About Interruptions
C-Level Presentation Tip #2: Link to Business Issues
C-Level Presentation Tip #1: Start with Conclusions
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