All entries for Friday 27 April 2012
April 27, 2012
Having done the presentation, I wonder how consultants do their job ?
- Do they make recommendations ? Or do they give proper steps to guide the company and help it to make the changes ?
- Do they need to define and defend their action plan ? Or do they "order" people what to do ?
Today, I have seen 3 presentations + ours ...
- I guess the board of directors wants to know how and how much ?
- They probably also want people to give a proper answer to their problems and not just a general action plan ?
I also realized this morning that there are many ways of improving a company ... but how do we find the right one ?
What I learn on myself, making and doing the presentation:
- I will never be able to communicate slowly
- Stress is contagious !
- I can be impatient and have some difficulties to explain diplomatically things to other ...
- pretty good at picking what would make a good presentation (but unable to convince people that is the right thing to do)
- Make realistic plans
- avoid too many details > people get lost
- Probably do/mention less but better structured, instead of mentioning too many things with no structure
- Make a straight forward presentation
- specific knowledge must be explained - if not, pointless
One thing that I liked was reviewing some things such as the portfolio or the final presentation (that my team and I did). It is at that specific moment that I realize how unperfect things are. This is the reason why I think it is important to step back from our own work for a bit to better assess it afterwards.
Regarding the writing skills, I confirmed that:
- Long sentences are hard to understand. Always write short and consice sentences
- Always use the active form (and not the passive one) - this makes feel the reader that the person suffers from something or go backwards
- We tend to mention things without saying why > we end up with sentences that don't bring anything valuable apart from 10 more (useless) words
- too many details provoke confusion
>> these are small facts but do make a huge difference for the reader - for him to understand the message ...
Today was the last day of the KBAM module
Here are some tips I need to remember for future presentations:
- Have an agenda at the beginning > structure the presentation
- Pay attention to the colours used - needs to be easy to read
- Avoid putting too many information in a slide > confusion
- Do not put everything that is going to be mentioned orally > speaker become useless
- Explicitly explain what the current situation is, where we want to go
- Use graph, scheme, tables better than bullet points & texts