How to Prepare a Presentation for the Board Meeting

When you are preparing an presentation for the board meeting, you need to know what the audience expects. Typically, a presentation to the board’s members is intended to either) keep them up-to-date on a particular area of business or b) supply data and context that allows them to go further into a particular topic in support of making strategic decisions.

Board members have a lot on their plates, from juggling their own roles and responsibilities to supporting the company’s success. It’s not expected of them to discuss every detail of every report or project, and that’s okay! Board meetings are about larger-picture discussions that will impact the long-term goals of the organization and its their value.

Integrating this knowledge into your presentation can aid in moving past sloppy or repetitive reporting into strong storytelling that inspires helpful conversations and crucial decisions. It is also helpful to make sure that your audience is comfortable with the language you’re using – for example, if your Board has little-to-no experience with a specific industry or strategy it’s best to not use any jargon that could cause confusion for them.

You might consider incorporating humor into your slides prior to the presentation. It’s essential to consider the room and avoid blabbing out jokes that may not land – especially when you’re presenting on topics like budget cuts or redundancies. Make sure to pay attention to the non-verbal communication that takes place in the room. 70%-90% of it is non-verbal.