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How to prepare for senior-level executive briefings

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At some point during your career, if not already, you’ll be invited to brief senior-level executives (or a board of directors) on your team’s initiatives and activities. Here’s how to make a favorable impression before this tough crowd:

Know your audience 

Who are you briefing, and how much do they already know about the subject? If possible, consult with one of the executives beforehand to get a sense for who is attending the session and whether you need to include background details in your presentation. Try to determine whether there are hot-button topics to avoid or specific issues you need to address.

Check out the setting and format 

Take time to assess the briefing environment. It’s helpful to know if participants expect handouts and whether the tone of the meeting is typically “all business” or more informal.

Know your time frame 

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