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It is important to know what your audience expects when preparing a speech for the board meeting. A presentation to the board can be able to. inform them about a crucial area of business, or. provide context and data to allow them to go deeper into a specific topic to support making strategic decisions.

Board members have a lot of work on their plate, from having to manage their personal roles and responsibilities to ensuring the success of the business. It’s not their job to discuss every aspect of every report or project – and that’s okay! Board meetings are about bigger-picture discussions that impact the organization’s long-term objectives and the value of the organization.

Incorporating this knowledge into your presentation can aid in moving past sloppy or repetitive reporting into effective storytelling that can lead to productive discussions and critical decisions. It is also helpful to ensure that your audience is comfortable with the language you’re using. For example, if your Board is not familiar with a specific industry or strategy, it’s best not to use jargons that could cause confusion for them.

Consider incorporating humor into your slides prior the presentation. It’s important to take note of the room and not roll out jokes that will not be a hit, particularly when you’re presenting on the subject of budget cuts or redundancies. Make sure to pay attention to the non-verbal communication in the room. 70% to 90% of it is non-verbal.

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