Presenting Your Monthly Update: The Curse and Cure

Company meeting

Presenting your monthly update at company meetings can be a challenge for many professionals.

It is that last Friday of the month; time for the monthly update

Everyone sits in the same seat around the same table.

They telling each other largely the same things the say each month.

Good morning, I’m here to update you on:

– Our department’s performance against KPI’s

– Project X

– Product Y

– Progress on Z

Monthly updates are great when they are mindfully presented

People need to know what’s going.

If you craft your presentation purely as an update and open it as such, you could well see a few yawns stifled before you hit the next slide or turn the page.

The curse

Many professionals live in dread at the very thought of the monthly update.

Here’s why:

– A great deal of it will be irrelevant to everyone

– Some of it we will already know and most of it we don’t care about

– Much of it is designed to make the presenter look good rather than help the audience

– Probably all of it could be sent in an email

There is another way

The cure

It’s simple but it takes courage and discipline.

Focus purely on the information your audience wants and needs.

Structurally there are 2 key elements to cure the monthly update.

1. What has changed

– Tell them what has changed since you last met.

– Be clear on why it’s important to know and how it affects the business?

– Don’t drown them in spreadsheets and slides. Data is important but only when it’s relevant and has impact.

Less is always more

– Give them the written report or appendix afterwards. For now, just share the important headlines.

– Tell them circumstances or conditions have changed since you last met that requires curative action.

– Tell them exactly where you need their help and support and why should they help you?

2. What information do they need

– What do they need to know to help them to think, feel and act differently?

– How do you want them to think, feel about the information you have to share and why?

– If they hadn’t turned up to the monthly update to receieve the information, what would be the impact for them personally?

– How will their thoughts, feelings and behaviour change after your update?

 Everyone is busy and under pressure

– If you said it last month, don’t say it again unless it’s critical.

– What is so important that you couldn’t share in an email?

“I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time.” – Stephen Hawking

If you need help presenting your monthly update:

– Book them onto a powerful public speaking course.

– Invest in some really good one to one public speaking coaching.

– Get your team some excellent presentation training



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