Can you put that into a presentation for me?
It’s a question that can be simultaneously intimidating and nerve-wracking. You have a great idea or project update, but now you need to turn that into an executive presentation. But where do you start, and what should you include?
Every executive presentation is dependent on what you’re presenting and who you’re presenting it to. Above all, though, it should be brief, precise, and backed by data if possible. Maybe it’s a new process you want to introduce to cut costs and increase efficiencies. Or perhaps it’s a status update on an ongoing project you’re overseeing. Whatever your unique case, an executive presentation is your opportunity to get face time with executives and make a lasting impression.
Here, we’re sharing tips on how you can flawlessly share your next executive presentation, including tapping into Beautiful.ai’s customizable executive presentation templates.
1. Get right to the point
Time is extremely valuable. And, in the case of executives, time is also money. For that reason, your executive presentation should be succinct and to the point. Try to limit each slide to one main point, and be sure to answer the following questions:
- What is the purpose or goal of the presentation?
- Why is it important for them to know?
- What is the background or context of the proposal?
- What are the anticipated hurdles, if any?
- What are the next steps?
Using these questions as a guide can help shape the narrative of your presentation and ensure you’re making the most of everyone’s time — including yours.
2. Always include an executive summary
Much like your presentation needs to be to the point, so does the actual plan you’re presenting. Think of the executive summary as the resume of your presentation — a one- or two-page analysis of your idea. What is it? What problems will it solve? Who are your key audiences and players? Also, depending on your pitch, include any crucial data points that will help tell your story and give everyone the information they need to make a well-informed decision.
3. Use animations
Just because your executive presentation needs to be concise and to the point, it doesn’t mean it has to be lifeless and dull. By using animations, you can help tell a more visually compelling story. But we don’t mean using fancy star wipes or endless cross-dissolves. With presentation templates from Beautiful.ai, you can use animations to display your data. Graphs, charts, demographics — you can bring it all to life through subtle (but impressive) animations.
4. Share the presentation in advance
Sharing your executive presentation ahead of time can help streamline the entire process. First, it can provide context for your audience. They likely see an incredible number of presentations and proposals on any given day or week, and helping them get up to speed ahead of time will be helpful. Next, if you are presenting in a larger space, your graphics may not make the intended impact. By sharing it ahead of time, your audience can follow along on their own devices and stay engaged.
5. Use analytics
Another reason to share your presentation? Analytics. With Beautiful.ai, you can track which slides executives spend the most time on. That can give you more insight as to what’s piquing their interests, what’s not, and how you can craft and edit your proposal for future presentations.
Wow and impress with Beautiful.ai executive presentation templates
With templates from Beautiful.ai, you can quickly create an executive presentation that impresses and inspires. The best part? You don’t have to be a designer to create designer-level work. Get started today with any one of our dozens of professional presentation templates!