Crash-test your Strategy with Pecha Kucha Style Presentation

Pecha Kucha is a presentation style that came to us from Japan. You have 20 slides, and each slide is shown for 20 seconds only. This presentation style is known as the killer of boring PowerPoint slides.

Crash-test your strategy with Pecha Kucha style presentation

Why not try this idea inside your company to present your thoughts related to the strategy?!

Presenting strategy in Pecha Kucha style

Here are some helpful tips to survive:

  • During the presentation focus on a few key ideas only.
  • Don’t use text, use pictures. Text is not prohibited, but try to avoid it or keep it only a few words long. Pictures and other visual materials are the best choice.
  • The preparation for such presentation will take twice as much time compared to the classical slides.
  • How many words can you pronounce in 20 seconds? It is a rhetorical question, as it’s not about increasing the speed, it’s about focusing on what matters.
  • Practice a lot even if you are an experienced presenter.
  • In this case a strategy map is a picture that is worth a thousand words. If you have your strategy scorecard project in BSC Designer – you are lucky as you will have a lot of visual materials.
  • Need ideas for your presentation? In your strategy scorecard you have at least 3 strategic themes, that’s a good starting point.
  • Explaining Excel spreadsheet with KPIs in 20 seconds… hmm… it’s a challenge! Reserve a few slides to share your approach to the performance measurement, and be sure to focus on the most important KPIs. Again, users of BSC Designer are lucky to have a lot of visual materials ready
  • Organization’s strategy is a complex thing – make sure that each team is presenting their own piece of the strategy.
  • Does one presentation support another one or it looks like people are talking about different companies? That’s a good test for silo-thinking! If you have noticed that people have no idea about how their strategy is related to the strategy of another team, then you know where to focus your leadership efforts on.

If you need a template to get started, then check out this one here.

Strategy presentation template

Please, note: it’s just an example of what such a presentation might look like, don’t take it as a requirement to fulfill or as a standard to follow.

  1. In our business unit we see our main challenge as …
  2. And there are 3 directions that we are going to address in 2016 to move ahead with this.
  3. Mention a key goal from strategic theme 1.
  4. What are your key initiatives about this business goal?
  5. Explain what leading indicator you will monitor to make sure you are on the right track.
  6. Explain what lagging indicator you will track to make sure that the result was achieved.
  7. How is a previously mentioned goal related to the next big goal? Use your strategy map to show the cause-and-effect connection.
  8. Mention a key goal from strategic theme 2.
  9. What are your key initiatives about this business goal?
  10. Explain what leading indicator you will monitor to make sure you are on the right track.
  11. Explain what lagging indicator you will track to make sure that the result was achieved.
  12. How is a previously mentioned goal related to the previous and/or next big goal? Use your strategy map to show the cause-and-effect connection.
  13. Mention a key goal from strategic theme 3.
  14. What are your key initiatives about this business goal?
  15. Explain what leading indicator you will monitor to make sure you are on the right track.
  16. Explain what lagging indicator you will track to make sure that the result was achieved.
  17. How is a previously mentioned goal related to the previous big goals? Use your strategy map to show the cause-and-effect connection.
  18. How is your strategy aligned with the overall company’s strategy? How it is cascaded to the lower levels.
  19. Who will be responsible for the execution of your strategy? Mention some names and show headshot photos so that people know who will be in charge.
  20. If your timing allows, repeat again what you plan to achieve, why, and what are key success factors.

Have you tried this presentation style for presenting a strategy? Feel free to share your experience and your findings!

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