How To Recap or Summarise Your Next Business Presentation

Posted by Belinda Huckle  |  On May 11, 2009  |  In Presentation Training, Tips & Advice

You’re in a business presentation. There are just a few minutes to go and the presenter is on the home stretch. The presentation has been informative, engaging and relevant. So far so good. Then he/she gets to the recap. You’re looking forward to having the key insights from the presentation delivered in a crystallised, golden-nuggety form for you to take away. But no! Instead the presenter decides to deep-dive back into the content, flaying around in their evidence, leaving you tediously bored and utterly frustrated.


A Two Step Process For a Sharp Recap

Make sure you never make the same mistake. Use our simple 2-step process to help you develop a short, sharp recap – and deliver it with impact.

Step 1: Look at each chunk of your presentation (usually determined by your agenda – every business presentation should have one!) and decide what is the key point of interest or persuasion from that chunk of information. Decide this point of interest or persuasion for each presentation chunk.

Step 2: To deliver your recap, all you need to do is remind the audience of each chunk of the presentation that you covered and the key point of interest or persuasion from that chunk. Easy! No deep diving back into the content. No fat, flabby recaps. No sinking summaries. Simply the key points re-iterated; short, sharp and gift-wrapped for your audience.

A Quick Example

Step 1 – develop your recap by deciding what the key point of interest or persuasion is from each presentation chunk.

Step 2 – deliver your recap by reminding the audience of each chunk of the presentation that you covered and the key point of interest or persuasion from that chunk.

So in future, don’t bore or frustrate your audience just when they are supposed to be feeling enlightened and uplifted. Nail your key points and deliver a concise, impactful recap they’ll remember.

p.s. remember it’s your personality that powers your presentation performance.

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Belinda Huckle

Written By Belinda Huckle

Co-Founder & Managing Director

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Belinda is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of SecondNature International. With a determination to drive a paradigm shift in the delivery of presentation skills training both In-Person and Online, she is a strong advocate of a more personal and sustainable presentation skills training methodology.

Belinda believes that people don’t have to change who they are to be the presenter they want to be. So she developed a coaching approach that harnesses people’s unique personality to build their own authentic presentation style and personal brand.

She has helped to transform the presentation skills of people around the world in an A-Z of organisations including Amazon, BBC, Brother, BT, CocaCola, DHL, EE, ESRI, IpsosMORI, Heineken, MARS Inc., Moody’s, Moonpig, Nationwide, Pfizer, Publicis Groupe, Roche, Savills, Triumph and Walmart – to name just a few.

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