Greetings from Western Europe.
Thank you very much for all the material. I have found it extremely useful and much more insightful than the books recommended by MBB in Sweden.
I am writing to share a method I have been using for case interview preparation.
My context for learning is that it has been entirely independent, as I have found no one to practice with.
To try and make the transition from reading/writing to verbalising my cases, I have been using a voice recorder.
As I listen to the LOMS cases, I stop the player at the end of each interviewer answer and record my own response, and then play it back.
This seems to have:
1) It increased my confidence in verbalising my reasoning, as well as making apparent some of the problems in my articulation skills ( I used to speak in a very melodic way -- very annoying!)
2) I have found this to be a good a way to internalise the hypothesis driven methodology in solving cases because it is 'proactive'.
Keep up the good work. I hope to get back to you in the near future with a very exciting offer notification.
I'm glad my materials have been helpful in your preparation, and thank you for sharing your case interview practice tip.
I have been encouraging others to record themselves and play it back, but unfortunately not that many people do it.
Hour per hour, it is probably the single best way to improve one's verbal communication skills (listening to how you actually sound vs. how you think you sound).
Keep in mind, "thinking out loud" by verbalizing your reasoning to an interview is a specialized skill that is different than just being able to do public speaking.
Critical reasoning is a left brain (the logical part of your brain) activity. I believe verbal communication is a right brain (emotional/sensory part of your brain) activity.
To explain your reasoning out loud to an interviewer requires you to integrate these two normally distinct skills.
It takes some practice to do this well.
And the more that I think about it, that ability is something I did while I was at McKinsey all the time.
When working with clients and partners, I often felt like I was a diplomat at the United Nations:
1) thinking to myself my real opinion
2) considering how to best communicate that point
On the one hand, I often felt like my verbal communication was very guarded -- being extremely precise in what I said so as not to mislead... almost like being in a legal trial, and an attorney asks you a very specific question on the witness stand.
While it is not always like this in consulting, there are moments when you need this skill to be "on". Practicing syntheses with an audio recorder is one very useful way to do this.
The reality is that in our head, we all sound brilliant to ourselves.. but once you actually hear what you sound like, sometimes it is not as good. But, once you notice any weird habits (very normal -- if you have not done this before) you can look out for them and change them.
I did the exact same thing when preparing for live national television interviews I did for Fox. I both audio recorded and video recorded myself for hours and hours (just to prepare for a three-minute interview... which I will tell you is a lot harder than a case study interview. Not only do you only have time to cover three points in a TV interview, you often only have time to cover three sentences!)
So if your verbal skills are not especially articulate or concise (two traits consulting firm partners love), it is possible to improve those skills with practice.
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Recent research carried out by Microsoft Corp. has found that human attention span has now shrunk down to 8 seconds, which is lower than that of a goldfish, all thanks to growing internet speeds and smart phones. We now expect everything to be instant.
But what does that mean for us? The competition to create engaging content and presentations to capture audiences is becoming increasingly challenging. We need to be extremely agile in our approach to do so.
The best way to learn is from the top consulting giants. These 25 PowerPoint presentation examples will give you a crash course of their best in class techniques. So read on..
1) Digital globalization: The new era of global flows
This presentation is great because of the kind of value it adds through data which is not easily found elsewhere. They have used important trends that are relevant to the target audience in a cohesive and accurate manner, showcased in a bird’s eye view to put across their ideas in a clear manner. To make sure the overwhelming amount of data is easily digestible, they have cleverly turned it into cool infographics.
2) McKinsey Global Institute Report - A labor market that works: Connecting talent and opportunity in the digital age
This consulting slide deck is thoughtful because if you look at slides 30 - 33, they give a very actionable plan and recommendations for each unique stakeholder. This makes the messaging very personalized, and the fact that they put it at the end makes it more memorable. Very smart!
3) McKinsey Quarterly 50th Anniversary Highlights
Although you wouldn’t expect a company’s anniversary to make for an example worthy Powerpoint presentation, the way they have incorporated human touch, is a very key takeaway from this consulting slide deck. Often times when people present facts through a presentation, they sound mechanical. Even if a presentation does not involve people or their stories per se, it’s a good idea to include some personification elements, to resonate more with your audience.
4) From touchpoints to journeys: Seeing the world as customers do
This consulting slide deck is amazing because of how it presents information as a list, making it really easy for the audiences to follow. The use of illustrations also helps the audience to grasp the content more effectively, since our brain processes images much faster than words.
5) How to use WEFLIVE 2017
Just 4 months after this consulting slide deck has been uploaded, it has already been viewed over 11,900 times, making it a good Powerpoint presentation example. What makes it brilliant is its educational value. From slide 6 - 13, they provide screenshots to make their existing and potential customers easily understand their system. This is a win win strategy for any business because it’s so scalable (multiple users can self-learn in their own pace and time) and cost efficient (reduces the need for chat support or account management).
6) Global Construction Survey | 2016
Here is another great Powerpoint presentation example, simply because of it’s natural story telling tone, especially for the first half of the deck. It is hard to believe how much you can actually express without words. They have also inserted the important data as bullet points from the middle to the end of the presentation, making the presentation less text heavy and interesting to read.
7) Global Automotive Executive Survey 2015
This presentation is pure gold if its subject interests you. Why? Each slide has been designed to make it look consistently visually appealing. They have taken the extra effort to even present their data using objects (cars on tracks) that are relevant to their industry (automobile). Although investing in design might sound simple, many professionals make the mistake of overlooking it. There is also a sense of credibility on slide 5, 9 & 13 with the photograph of the thought-leaders and their titles. This fosters a trustworthy impression in the mind of the audiences.
8) Getting ready for IFRS 16
Simple. Clean. Neat. This consulting slide deck is a delight to the eyes because of its clean white background. It prevents the readers from distractions to read the key points. Further, the use of icons helps effectively deliver the content that the speaker wants to provide. This powerful powerpoint presentation is very easy to replicate, and definitely effective if you want to save some time brainstorming.
9) European Family Business Trends: Modern Times?
This consulting slide deck makes the list for a simple reason: they included all their contacts and office locations on slide 15. You’d be surprised, how many people miss to include their particulars so that potential clients or partners can contact them easily. Remember to include this (if you need to), especially when you are pitching for some funds. It provides convenience and confidence.
10) TMT Outlook 2017: A new wave of advances offer opportunities and challenges
This is another great Powerpoint presentation example because it directly interacts with the audience. Several times throughout the pretty long deck, they’ve asked the audience to poll and participate. This ensures the audience to be tuned in during the entire presentation.
11) Findings on health information technology and electronic health records
Why this consulting slide deck is better than many generic powerpoint presentation examples is because they highlight key takeaways and do not clutter the readers with too much information. The important highlights on each slide are bolded and makes the presentation short and sweet.
12) 4 approaches to automate work using cognitive technologies
Sneak previews. They don’t just work for movies, but for powerpoint presentations as well. This presentation uses a smart technique to give an educational solution to their target audience. This goes to show how PowerPoints can be a great tool for sharing ideas, a channel to market products and gain visibility for your brand.
13) Moving digital transformation forward: Findings from the 2016 digital business global executive study and research report
This consulting slide deck is another design and storytelling win. If you observe carefully, the content is presented to its audience as a journey from the start (slide 7) till it’s finished (slide 21). The information is shown with an infographic, but focuses and explains each component, so that the reader can absorb the information much more comfortably than if we place one entire infographic in slide 1 as a chunk of data.
14) Putting digital technology and data to work for Tech CMO's
Another brilliant powerpoint presentation example would be this gem. Not only do they provide a step-by-step actionable recommendation (slide 15-18), but more importantly they gave a real case study afterwards. Many presentations provide data and recommendations but fail to show its applicability. Remember, success stories and testimonies boost credibility and hence value.
15) PwC Trends in the workforce
Something fresh is always great. Why this interesting consulting slide deck got into our list is because of the layout they used on the left-hand-side. Having a consistent element (like a table of content), helps the audience to always be engaged. Often times when a presentation is too long, the audience’s retention rate gradually goes down. This can be easily prevented with the use of simple visual aids.
16) World Economic Forum: The power of analytics for better and faster decisions by Dan DiFilippo
As stated in a BBC article “the limit to human memory in a lifetime is not the hard drive space, but download speed”. In other words, it’s difficult to retain the information we get from presentations as vivid memories. This consulting slide deck is a great example because it gives the audience a summary (slide 19) to ensure that the important learning points are not forgotten. Ernst & Young
17) Business Pulse - Dual perspectives on the top 10 risks and opportunities 2013 and beyond
Speak to your audience. This exceptional consulting deck asked questions to the audience as you can see on slide 2, 3 & 7. The questions’ tone and voice were also creatively and intelligently crafted because it uses the “fear of missing out”, to ensure customers want to listen.
18) How fit is your capital allocation strategy?
Give additional reading materials. If there are too many things you want to say, or if you need to provide beneficial supplementary content, remember to include it at the end to give more value to your audience. Help your audience to know what’s next.
19) The evolving value chain in life sciences
This is a good Powerpoint presentation example simply because it uses the company’s template and more importantly, has the logo on every slide. Although it sounds like a small detail, having your logo on every slide would increase familiarity and affinity to your brand, especially if you’re new.
20) The new revenue recognition standard for life sciences companies
What we can learn from this consulting slide deck (slide 3) is to remember to introduce yourselves... especially if you are presenting to a new group of people! Providing your particulars also enable you to network easily afterwards and boost your professional connections.
21) Cultural Times - The first global map of cultural and creative industries
Literary techniques can go beyond poems or plays. You can use acronyms, alliteration, similes or even metaphors when presenting as well. In this good Powerpoint presentation example, the speaker used 4Ds to help its audience remember the key points. Brilliant.
The Boston Consulting Group
22) 10 Steps To Sustainability
Get social. When you are presenting (especially in large conferences), use social media to create buzz and possibilities for viral conversations. Encourage your audience to participate and share about your event using hashtags, just like what these guys did!
23) How Collaboration Advances Your Sustainability Efforts
This consulting slide deck was selected not only for its content but rather its use. BCG did a smart partnership to expand their audience with United Nations Global Impact to create the webinar. What better way to get more credibility and viewers easily?
24) Gauging Long Term Impact in the Social Sector
Slide 3 is one perfect powerpoint presentation example of using a diagram. There isn’t too much information, and the flow chart shows a journey to explain abstract concepts in a visually pleasing way using images. Diagrams should be used only if it helps the information to be conveyed more effectively, so be careful when using flowcharts.
25) Private Sector Opportunity to Improve Well-Being
Provide context because good content alone is not enough to be crème de la crème. Usually, it’s important to provide the background before going straight to your statements. This consulting slide deck did just that, with slide 2 sharing the UN concepts to prepare the audience, makes for a very good starting point.
Here is something crazy, the secret sauce of any great consulting presentation is exactly the same as for any other presentation. Looking at hundreds of these, we realized that there is no secret that would make these consulting giants different from anybody else. Just designing by keeping your audiences in mind and being creative and thoughtful, you can also achieve this.
Hopefully, these tips will help you get your presentations to the next level. It would be great to see how you use your creativity to incorporate these learnings to make your presentations amazing.
We would love to hear what you think about this, so please feel free to leave a comment below. Also, do let us know if there are some specific examples that you would like to see here next.
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