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A guide to business plan presentations

Business plan presentations give potential investors a chance to see how viable or promising your idea or product is. To help you better prepare for such types of events, you can use proven business presentation templates or formats. Aside from content, you also need to prepare for the actual presentation itself. If you know how to conduct yourself well during presentations, your audience will have the impression that you know what you are doing which may in the end increase your chances of getting a favourable response. This article is guide to business plan presentations.

What to do during the presentation

Tell your audience what they need to know - Introduce yourself in a lively and engaging manner. - Draw their attention to you. Throw out questions. - Utilise interesting quotes. - Use visual aids during your business plan presentation - Go over your presentation before facing your audience. - Inform your audience as to what they can expect from the presentation. Tell your audience what you want them to know -Utilise pointer words. - Keep in mind that the more organised you are during the presentation, the more professional you would appear. - Before you move on to another topic, summarise the part or parts that you have just covered. This will give people whose attention "strayed" to catch up and thus give them the motivation to continue listening to the presentation. Tell the participants what you have just told them (be prepared with a summary visual or slide) - End your presentation with a bang and avoid saying things like, "I'm out of time" or "That's it." - Keep in mind that 90% of your audience will remember what happened during the opening and the ending (if they were done in a professional, engaging and creative manner). Remember also that a good ending or conclusion can make up for a mediocre or poor presentation.

Tips

Question and answer sessions 1) Appoint one person to moderate the session. 2) If you have many participants, repeat questions for the benefit of people who are not able to hear them the first time. 3) After answering a query, conclude by saying, "Did that answer your question?" Energy 1) Create energy in the room by being lively and enthusiastic. 2) Have fun and don't be afraid to banter with your audience.

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