Apr 9, 2009

Consult Presentation Series

Consultants make presentations all the time. They work on a project for months and at the end their output is just a presentation. It encapsulates their understanding, their analysis, their recommendation and implementation plans. It is a showcase of their work and their talent. Their job depends on it.

Considering all of this, one thing is clear. No consultant can live without knowing how to present. When I say present it means understanding what to say (content), how to arrange it (design) and how to say it (delivery).

So if you want to be a consultant or are already one, what I am going to do will definitely be of interest to you. I am coming up with a three part series on "How to make good consult presentations?"

In the course of this three part series I would be interviewing three consultants from established consultancies in the world and presenting their thoughts on questions like:

What's the most important thing in a consult presentation?
What are the common mistakes young consultants commit?
What are the trends in consult presentations over the last five years?
How to gauge what the client expects from your presentation?
How do you structure a presentation?
How do you use chart and graphs in presentations? and so on...

These three interviews will be posted in the next two weeks. If you also have a question for these consultants then shoot them to me at vivek [at] jazz factory [dot] in or leave a comment here and I'll get them answered for you.


  1. Hi Poza,
    Fraud here. Came across your site. Nice work man. Great way to showcase your presentation skills from campus :)
    Just had a small suggestion for you. Seeing that there are a few non-Indians who visit your blog, you might consider updating your bio to not just say "IIM Ahmedabad" as these readers might not know about the institute.

  2. It is all in the audience. I think the biggest mistake consultants make is to think only from their angle not of the client. Client might be impressed by numbers, charts, statistics, look of presentations, content...depends. It is naive to just write about look and feel ! I feel that when you understand the pulse of the client you know how to position your presentation and hence the flow, content, and look !

  3. I think you have summarised it very well. The core lies in understanding your client. Thanks for contributing Sandeep.