How to Prepare a Presentation for the Board Meeting

When you prepare for an upcoming board meeting, it’s important to understand what the audience is expecting. Typically, a presentation for the board is intended to either: a) keep them up-to-date on a particular sector of business, or b) provide information and context that allows them to go deeper into a specific subject in support of making strategic decisions.

Board members have a lot on their plates, from juggling their personal roles and responsibilities to ensuring the success of the business. They shouldn’t be expected to hash out the fine details of each report or initiative, and that’s fine! Board meetings are about larger-picture discussions that affect the organization’s long-term objectives and value.

This knowledge can help you move past shallow or repetitive reporting to strong storytelling, which inspires productive discussions and crucial decisions. It is also essential to ensure that your audience is aware of the language you employ. For example, if they have little or no knowledge of a particular field or strategy, it is recommended to not use any language.

Before presenting, you should consider if it’s appropriate for you to include humour in your slides. It’s essential to consider the room and not roll out jokes that may not work, especially in the case of topics like budget cuts or redundancies. Remember to pay attention to the non-verbal communication that takes place in the room. 70% to 90 percent of it is non-verbal.