Introduction to Presentations

Quick Summary: This is a series of presentations created from the contents of the CxO-Atlas article collection.

Abstract:

The articles in the CxO-Atlas collection are short, single subject pieces intended to be read in two or three minutes.  Many of them from logical groups for review and discussion.  A series of presentations encompassing many of the individual subjects have been created in the past and are now being made available in this chapter.

Over the years, the author has prepared delivered a large number of presentations that cover a wide range of business topics.  Audience sizes have varied from a few individuals to hundreds.  Presentation lengths also varied from 20-minute over-lunch sessions to two-hour seminars.  This chapter contains updated versions of those presentations and also lists some older and planned presentations that will be added over time.

All of the presentations were created with Microsoft PowerPoint™ and utilize only the product's basic capabilities.  The files, therefore, should be compatible with most other presentation software tools.  Only the default fonts were used to also help with portability. The presentation includes standard PowerPoint Notes that are intended to provide the user with background information and more details about each slide's content.  The Notes, in narrative form, are not intended to be used in real-time by the presenter as they present to an audience.  The Notes should be thought of as a study guide to be used in presentation rehearsals.   To aide in this activity, a separate PDF file that contains the slide notes is included to allow the presenter to "read along" as they view the slides in the presentation mode.

What will become apparent when viewing any of the presentations included in this chapter is that the author has minimal artistic ability!  Hopefully, the user can get past the "visual impairment" of the slides and focus on the content.  Since the presentations were created over many years, the templates and style varied considerably.  As presentations are added to the site (a long and drawn out process), their look and feel will be updated to be more consistent. The presentations are not "sales" or "investor" slide shows, intended to "sell" the subject.  Instead, they were created as educational slide decks. As such, the "presentation rules" of lots of pretty pictures, 40-point font, and ten words per slide were not followed – not by a long-shot!

The slides included in this chapter are divided into sections that follow the organization of the CxO-Atlas website collection.  With one exception, the presentations included in this chapter are divided into sections that correspond to one of the website Volumes as shown below.  There are several constant themes that are applicable to different presentation topics, so some of the slides appear in more than one presentation.

Section Number and Name corresponding to Volume Name – except as noted below*.

1     Introduction and Overview

2     Seven Principles

3     Starting a Company

4     Managing a Company

5     The Top Line

6     Support and Development

7     Governance

8     Investor Considerations*

9     Everything Else

10   Startup Insights Forum*

11   Life Lessons Over Lunch*

Section 8 is an exception to the mapping of chapter sections to website volumes.  Section 8 contains presentations related to raising money and working with financial investors.

Section 10 does not correspond to a Volume.  Instead, it contains the notes created to lead group discussions in a program called "Startup Insights Forum." Each forum discussion is centered on one theme taken from the CxO-Atlas website articles.  After a review of the discussion notes, the forum participants informally discussed the subject by asking questions and sharing their experiences with others.  SI Forum notes are typically two pages long and list some of the relevant articles from the CxO-Atlas website.

Section 11 does not correspond to a Volume.  Instead, it contains presentations and the accompanying slide notes given to participants in the Life Lessons Over Lunch program sponsored North Point Ministries (Alpharetta, GA).  Many of these presentations are shorter versions of other presentations included in other sections of this chapter.

Going through my past (disorganized) hard drive, forty-two presentations have been identified.  More will be added later and some of the identified presentations will be combined with others or dropped from consideration.  Below is a list of available and planned presentations.  This list will be updated from time-to-time.

Once registered on the website, users can download the presentations and the associated Note files.  Users are free to use the presentations as they see fit, requiring only the acknowledgment that the material is owned by RDK Consulting, Inc. and was made available through the www.CxO-Atlas.com website.

Available and Planned Presentations Listing

26 Presentations and 27 Discussion Outlines have been updated as of 09/18/2020

Section

Topic

Status/Number

Slide Count

2 Seven Principles

The Seven Business Principles for All Businesses

8.040201

28

3 Starting a Company

Business Plans versus Planning Your Business

8.040301

45

3 Starting a Company

Three Questions to Answer

8.040302

32

3 Starting a Company

Avoidable Gotchas for Entrepreneurs

8.040303

28

3 Starting a Company

Who Should Do What, When

8.040304

31

3 Starting a Company

Early Stage Pitfalls

8.040305

12

3 Starting a Company

An EMBAS for EMBAs

8.040306

36

3 Starting a Company

Five Things to Think About

Open

 

3 Starting a Company

Shark Tank: Entertainment or Reality

Open

 

3 Starting a Company

Tidbits of Advice for Early-Stage Companies

Open

 

4 Managing a Company

Guidance from Gurus: Part 1 (in a series)

8.040401

33

4 Managing a Company

Guidance from Gurus: Part 2 (in a series)

8.040402

39

4 Managing a Company

Guidance from Gurus: Part 3 (in a series)

8.040403

41

4 Managing a Company

Execution:  The Difference Between Success and Failure

Needs Updating

 

4 Managing a Company

Management by Objectives (MBO) Incentive-Based Compensation

8.040404

37

4 Managing a Company

Sales Rep Compensation Plan

8.040405

38

4 Managing a Company

Risk Assessment Tool

Needs Updating

 

4 Managing a Company

Growing Pains: They Never Stop

Open

 

5 The Top Line

Your Message: Less is always More

8.040501

38

5 The Top Line

Force Multiplication Through Partnering

8.040502

53

5 The Top Line

Sales Strategies: Myths and Insights

8.040503

35

5 The Top Line

Selling: It’s all about Matching First

8.040504

34

5 The Top Line

Business Partner Qualification Tool

Needs Updating

 

5 The Top Line

Re-Imagine Your Business with One Word

Needs Updating

 

5 The Top Line

Sales Events and a Leaky Funnel

Needs Updating

 

5 The Top Line

Competitive Spider Charts

Open

 

5 The Top Line

It's All About Revenue but What Kind?

Open

 

5 The Top Line

Prospect Size Comparison

Open

 

5 The Top Line

Suspects to Prospects Characteristics

Open

 

6 Support and Development

Process Implementation: Much Easier Than You Think

Needs Updating

 

6 Support and Development

Quality: The Non-Negotiable Attribute

Needs Updating

 

7 Governance

Mergers and Acquisitions: Pitfalls to Avoid

Needs Updating

 

8 Investor Considerations

Where Are You Spending Your Time

8.040801
Needs Updatint

13

8 Investor Considerations

Funding Alternatives

8.040802

38

8 Investor Considerations

Inside the Head of Investors

8.040803

70

8 Investor Considerations

Early Stage Investor Questions

8.040804

25

8 Investor Considerations

Nine Factors in Evaluating a Company

Needs Updating

 

10 Startup Insights Forum

Three Questions ti Answer (1MC version)

8.041001

16

10 Startup Insights Forum

Company Focus

8.041002

6 Topics, 14 Pages

10 Startup Insights Forum

Internal Issues

8.041003

7 Topics, 17 Pages

10 Startup Insights Forum

Investor Considerations

8.041004

7 Topics, 16 Pages

10 Startup Insights Forum

Sales and Revenue

8.041005

7 Topics, 18 Pages

10 Startup Insights Forum

One Million Cups Presenter Questions

8.041006

14

11 Life Lessons over Lunch

Tiny Goals for Maximum Results

8.041101

23

11 Life Lessons over Lunch

Elevator Pitches Should Work in 2 Story Buildings

8.041102

30

11 Life Lessons over Lunch

David and Goliath Business Partners

8.041103

37

11 Life Lessons over Lunch

Navigating Thru Uncharted Waters

8.041104

33

 

Quick Guide to Access an Article

 

  1. Click on the small Magnifying Glass located to the right of the LOGIN/JOIN button located on the far righthand side of the top menu on the home page.

                     Or click on https://cxo-atlas.com/search/index

  1. In the Search Article Number field, enter the desired article number.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Scroll down and click on the article title that is shown.
  4. The article will be displayed.
  5. If only a partial article number is entered, all of the articles that contain that partial number will be listed.

This Search technique can be used to display a list of articles in a particular Volume, Chapter, and Sector by making sequential (Volume, Chapter, and Sector) selections in each search box.

 

To Register on the Site to Download Articles, Tools, and Presentations

 

  1. Click on the LOGIN/JOIN button located on the upper righthand section of the Home Page header.
  2. Click on Sign Up shown in the lower righthand portion of the Sign in page.
  3. Enter a username, company name, and valid email address on the Sign-Up page and click Sign up.
  4. You will be taken to the Home Page and the following message will be displayed below the Home Page header.

“You have signed up successfully. We have sent an email with a system generated password. The email may be in your Spam folder.”

  1. Check your email (especially the Spam Folder) for the registration email and create a new password.
  2. Log into the site using your email address and newly created password.

 

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A Handy Reference Guide for Executives and Managers at All Levels.

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