All entries for Friday 27 April 2012

April 27, 2012

KBAM 9 – Questions

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 ?


KBAM 8 – presentation

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 ...


KBAM 7 – make a powerpoint presentation

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


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