Q: “Sniper Control” How do we handle those questions or statements that come at anytime often without warning in our meeting?
1 Apply the advice in ‘Handling Q&A’ and ask the person a question back, for example “Before I answer, what is behind your question?” Questions give you control.
2 Ensure you have accommodated all the political opinions in the room and if you think a question will arise that will stump you, ask a colleague for advice before you leave for the meeting.
Q: Presenting without PowerPoint, Can we? A: Yes, especially with creative ideas. Perhaps you can demonstrate what it is you wish to sell or create the idea in front of the meeting on a flip chart? Better still get them to build alongside you – bring a pad of paper and marker pens to the meeting (No batteries, Windows updates or power cables are needed for these techniques)
The Say it in 7 approach to structuring your pitch, story or proposal starts with the client/customer’s pressing challenge and ends on actionSay it in 7 is the methodology to create a pitch/proposal/idea and present it in 7 slides.
In 7 slides we can communicate ‘why our solution’ and back it with evidence that is appropriate to the people who will make the decision.
With fewer slides, each slide has to work harder.
With fewer slides, there is more opportunity for the customer to fill in the blanks with Q&A
Next Steps: The last slide (slide 7) asks for action. We want to get a ‘yes’ rather than a ‘maybe’.
FOOTNOTE : Great to be working with Talking Rugby Union the place for all the latest rugby news, photo, videos The Rugby Championship, 7s and Leagues from around the world. In the run up to Rio Rugby 7s A series of articles shows how the world of sport and business are in sync when running a pitch or running on to one!
STORY THOUGHTS: Mix it up
Use different ways of communicating, different materials.
It does not have to be PowerPoint all the time.
How about using the flip chart to tell your tale?
My last big pitch for business was on three sheets of A3. The company following me had forty-four slides.