Board Papers

In a succinct manner


Oscar – Pitch it Right

Presenting Board Papers

The focus of this workshop is the ability to present board papers to the C suite and BOD’s in a succinct manner for approval or endorsement.

The 20 minute draft is a paradigm shifting way of drafting your thoughts into a compelling storyline.

Storylines are expanded into arguments that are concise and persuasive.

Arguments are visualised into dashboards for decision making.

Concerns are alleviated with questions. Decisions are made to endorse or to approve.


At the end of the programme participants should be able:

To choose the appropriate slide type – text, tables, graphics and create slides that are clear and interesting to avoid ‘motherhood/feel good statements’

To demonstrate using concept and ideas to create visuals that helps reader/audience understand absorb the visuals ‘Lead in Statement’

To demonstrate choosing the right type of chart for a specific message that communicate the results of the analysis of the data, enabling the reader/audience effectively absorb its conclusions

To story-line and storyboard presentations that have deductive or inductive structures dependent the objective

Attend with you PA

If you don’t prepare the visuals yourself, attend with your PA

The 20 Minute Challenge

In 20 minutes you have a 1st draft of a presentation that is storylines and structured. Learn how!

Argue your point

Storylines are chunked and sliced to clarify your argument for your.

Visualise your argument

Its clear in your mind, now make it clear to everybody else . Create visuals that prove your point and justify your stand

Alleviate their fears.

Move away from ‘you vs me’ to ‘us vs the problem’. Take questions with humility and warmth. Keep moving forward.


Module 1: The Diamond Model

The Diamond Structure provides a framework for planning a presentation which reduces the preparation time and increases the potential for a successful outcome.

Module 2: Audience Analysis

The more you know what your audience expects of you, the better you are able to prepare yourself.

Module 3: Story-lining and Storyboarding

Planning a framework for a presentation which reduces the preparation time and increases the probability for a successful outcome.
Storyboarding slides with a relevant story-line is part of the planning process and its dependent on the objective of the

Module 4: Developing the Message

Determine the message. Highlight the aspect of the data that seems the most important that supports your hypothesis. Develop a message that is brief, to the point and summarises the data in the visual. Avoid topic titles that only state the subject of the chart (e.g., company sales trend). Title should express the ‘so what’ of the data (e.g., company sales have doubled)

Module 7: Puppet Strings

Gesturing to support the message. Practising proper eye contact to create rapport and establish credibility. Moving with purpose to create impact. Voicing your emotion and using pauses for effect.

Module 6: Choosing the correct Slide or Chart Type

Using PowerPoint or Keynote or Prezi as the authoring tools participants learn how to create excellent charts that are clear and easy to understand.

Module 5: Identify the Collation:

Identify the correct Comparison
Composition – Percentage of the total
Comparison – Changes items or time
Distribution – Items within numerical range
Relationship – Correlation between variables

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