4 Keys for Impactful Presentations

Mark Bridges
3 min readMar 30, 2023

Effective professional communication in the current day strongly depends on the capacity to provide successful presentations.

A well-designed and produced presentation may successfully communicate ideas and concepts, eventually contributing to the accomplishment of goals and crucial outcomes.

Carefully crafted, engaging presentations accrue many advantages to both the presenter and the audience.

To develop an effective presentation, it is vital to have the following 4 elements:

1. Plan

2. Prepare

3. Practice

4. Present

The Plan, Prepare, and Practice components are interrelated and overlap throughout the method; however, the Present component stands alone and is only possible if the other three components have been completed.

These first 3 components may be structured either in parallel or in sequence. The sequential technique involves finishing one task before moving on to the next, etc. A parallel technique entails working on many tasks concurrently and accomplishing what can be done simultaneously.

Both approaches are equally successful so long as they represent the creators’ traits, such as:

· Style

· Experience

· Background

· Partialities

Let’s examine the 4 presentational elements in more detail.

Planning

An in-depth examination of the presentation’s important components must precede its creation. This involves consideration of the 7 dimensions listed below:

1. Objectives

2. Audience

3. Content

4. Organization

5. Visuals

6. Setting

7. Delivery

Planning systematically while utilizing these dimensions enables the discovery of gaps in the ideas and provides structure for the presentation, enabling the audience to easily follow along and remain engaged.

Planning helps in presenting practice, which boosts confidence and enables a presenter to convince the audience more successfully.

Preparing

The Preparation phase entails the use of an outstanding slide structure, which is the most crucial aspect of the procedure. Engaging the audience and reinforcing key concepts is facilitated by slides with an effective layout.

The Consulting Presentation Framework, a slide structure adopted by every top-tier management consulting firm and also by FlevyPro, adopts a design in which each slide consists of 3 essential components:

· Headline

· Body

· Bumper

Practicing

Even though a presentation has already been delivered, it is always advisable to rehearse it. Changes in setting and audience, in addition to the passage of time between presentations, may provide new obstacles.

Practicing entails 2 aspects:

Rehearse — this is the process of practicing what you want to achieve.

Prehearse — is practicing for prospective eventualities.

Presenting

Effective presentations need not just high-quality content and a well-designed slide deck, but also an effective presenting style. Everything about how a message is communicated, including body language, voice tone, cadence, and the use of visuals, may influence how the audience perceives it.

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Mark Bridges

I blog about various management frameworks, from Strategic Planning to Digital Transformation to Change Management. https://flevy.com