Networking: Delivering Your 10 Minute Presentation

//Networking: Delivering Your 10 Minute Presentation

As I’ve networked at various events over the years I’ve been able to pick up a few tips on what works best for me, so I thought it might be useful to share this FREE information so that others may benefit from it and you from commenting below may also give me some pointers of where you’ve been successful in delivering your 10 minute presentation at a networking event.

Most of the networking events such as BNI, 4 Networking and various breakfast clubs give you the chance to present information about your business or industry and I find the best way to deliver a presentation whether in PowerPoint format, via flip chart or use of a prop is to do a key number of things.

7 Steps:

1 – Intro: Give the audience a little background of you, your company to affirm who you are and your competence.

[Typical time frame: 1 minute]

2 – Summary: Give a brief overview of what you will be covering, whether it’s a story on a particular subject or experience you’ve had. Remember as humans we generally communicate in 3 ways using Visual (See) Auditory (Hearing and listening) and Kinaesthetic (Touch and feel) – VAK. With this in mind make sure everyone is included.

[Typical time frame: 1 minute]

3 – Body: Talk about some of the key parts of your subject, whether it’s a product, service, product or experience you’ve had.

[Typical time frame: 4 minutes]

4 – Result: Here you can present and talk about the results (and benefits) you achieved, the results a customer achieved or on a particular case study (Portfolio item). Remember results can be numbers and also things which mattered most to people.

E.g. Being able to gain more time because of your service, or being better off from increased sales which mean your customer can now employ an extra person or even go on holiday as a reward for the great work you did.

[Typical time frame: 2 minutes]

5 – Conclusion:  Wrap up the presentation and leave the audience wanting to know more about you, your company or your service etc. Remember its only 10 minutes so get them wanting more.

[Typical time frame: 1 minute]

6 – Questions: Ask the audience if they have any questions. The important thing here is to take questions for up to 5 minutes. Any longer than that and you may start to over step the time allowed for your presentation, but generally 5 minutes is almost acceptable, for any further questions, simply ask people to speak to you after the meeting and write their names down so you can approach them. You never know they may be your next sales lead.

[Typical time frame: 1 – 5 minutes]

7 – Thank You: Thank your audience for their participation in being present and listening.

Engage your audience.

Remember to use your voice and keep it at a good level for people at the back, there’s nothing more annoying that not being able to hear a presenter, which you have agreed to give 10 minutes of your precious time.

Give good eye contact – talk from memory or bullet points on your presentation. I’m assuming you’ve practiced your presentation, scan around the room and give everyone the opportunity to feel included, if it’s a big audience focus on sections of the audience as your present to them. This will help to prevent you from reading from a notes page which doesn’t work well with an audience.

Use your visual aids, presentation projector, and flip chart or prop etc. We’re not all hooked by the same things, which is why if you use a mix of techniques to communicate to your audience – on the whole you will engage with most.

Presentations can seem scary to some and second nature to others, my advice is to take your time, …breath, present at a good steady speed and allow time for people to take your information in, its not a 100m sprint like a 60 second pitch, its more of a steady mile, you are in control.

Wrapping this up.

Now the points mentioned above are a generalisation of my experiences, which have been good over the years, the more you present the better you will become – after all repetition is the mother of all skill.

Use the timings above to suit you, your audience and your industry. They are not fixed in stone, so test what works for you and run with it.


I like it when people give me constructive feedback after a presentation, generally it helps you to get a firm understanding of what worked and what didn’t, and this will help you to sharpen your proverbial presentation saw, so that next time your presentation is even better.

If you have any tips for me please leave them in a comment below. Thanks for reading.


By | 2017-08-26T10:35:15+00:00 June 23rd, 2011|Business Success|2 Comments

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  1. Jermane Clarke June 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Great article here, Leon. There are many valid points here that I find useful and can use when planning my next 10-minute presentation. Thanks for the feedback.


  2. Jesus July 22, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Nice article, I’ll be using this information shortly =)


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