Thank you to the folks at UX Burlington for inviting me to share my thoughts.
I’ve had the privilege of observing many stakeholder presentations as well as doing a plethora of my own. Through those observations, I’ve noticed a pattern between the ones that go well, propelling a project forward, versus the unproductive presentations that devolve into opinionated debate:
1-Narrating your deliverables and then asking for feedback as if your stakeholder is grading your homework sets up a disorganized critique wherein your stakeholders look for errors. This approach invites spin and reduces confidence.
2-Using the presentation as an opportunity to gather richer input from your stakeholders and work closer to the goal together through collaboration. This sets you on a path of productive progress.
I made the following poster for IA Summit 2015 as a guide to IAs and Designers to conduct productive presentations for our complex, abstract work.
Thanks to the crew at Chicago Camps for letting me talk about choosing the right prototype strategy! It’s been a great day.
My slides here: