I totally presented to an executive the wrong way

Raymond Chen

Some time ago, Gray Knowlton wrote an article on how to present to an executive. As you might have guessed, I’ve done it completely the wrong way. Many years ago, I was part of a group presenting to a senior-level executive. I was the one who wrote the document establishing the background for the topic and laying out the various options with their pros and cons. I wasn’t the one doing the actual presenting, but I was asked to attend anyway, just in case the senior executive had a question that the presenters couldn’t answer. For the duration of the meeting, I sat in the back and knitted. As it turns out, I wasn’t needed. But at least I got some knitting done.

(I was commended for the quality of the document I had written, so don’t think I was just blowing off the issue entirely.)


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