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This post on presenting to government agencies is the second in a series of occasional posts by guest expert Mike Parkinson on using PowerPoint in different industries and for diverse audiences. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication expert, multi-published author, and a partner at 24 Hour Company, a premier proposal and presentation graphics firm. His first post for the PowerPoint blog is titled 2 steps to change the world with PowerPoint.
I'm not the only person using PowerPoint to help grow my company. The U.S. government often requests PowerPoint presentations to choose the organization best suited to win contracts valued at millions or even billions of dollars. Many government procurement officers tell me that PowerPoint makes it easier to understand proposed solutions. Unlike with written proposals, government evaluators can ask the presenters questions about their solutions and get answers immediately during the presentation. Plus, they often refer to slide graphics and notes in their handouts for greater clarification.
PowerPoint makes it easy to use visuals, which are proven to increase learning and retention and also increase the likelihood that the audience will agree with the presenter's solution and choose it. Often, the winning company's solution affects people and livelihoods around the world. I've designed and worked closely on many presentations to the government that propose solutions to tough challenges like starvation, disease control, and the delivery of medical aid. Accompanied by well-designed and presented PowerPoint slides, a company's oral proposal educates evaluators on ground-breaking solutions and can help create thousands of jobs (opening of a new research facility), save lives (aid to countries in need, first responder solutions, military protection), and help our world become a better place (NASA, NOAA, etc.).
Here are three tips for presenting to government agencies:
-- Mike Parkinson
Thanks for some great tips, Mike! I definitely agree with using templates, icons, and graphics that resonate with your particular client - vital for developing effective presentations.
Templates are THE BEST way to make sure everyone is on the same page, or slide as it were =) and ensure that consistency and professionalism wins over adhoc love of random colors. But how do you get people get people to use them and believe in them?
These are very useful tips for us..thanks for sharing!
Thanks for these great tips!!! Especially like your 3rd tip - on slides being 'benefit driven'
Hey there! Have a look at my Powerpoint CV! Enjoy :)