Business Management/Technology

The Management Consulting Discussion Structure

All business technique and management consulting companies, such as McKinsey, Bain, BCG, and Booz Allen, use discussion structures. By and large, they are all variations of the very same principles and style. Considering that seeking advice from companies are well-known for establishing structured and beautiful slides, the Consulting Discussion Structure represents the ideal way to structure and present your info through a PowerPoint discussion.

It includes guidelines for typeface deals with, font sizes, kind of grammar guidelines to follow, etc. If absolutely nothing else, embracing and consistently adhering to the structure will greatly enhance the appearance and professionalism of your slides.

Throughout the years, I have encountered a variety of various of these discussion structures from the numerous companies I worked for. Loaning from all them, the structure provided in this post is an amalgamation of the elements I felt worked finest.

Now, let's dig in

On a normal material slide, there are 3 core parts: The Heading, the Body, and the Bumper.

The Heading

The Heading sits on top of the slide. It is a sentence that presents the slide. Many individuals use this area for the 'title' of the slide. In this structure, the 'title' will enter the Body (explained in the next area).

The Heading ought to be Arial Narrow, font style size 24, and boldfaced. Do not use any ending punctuation (e.g. no duration).

As discussed, it is a sentence and 1 sentence max. It is likewise not to surpass 2 lines. If you discover it to be longer, then reward and reduce your Heading. If the Heading is any longer than 2 lines, your audience will get lost and/or tired. As you go from slide to slide, the sentences in the Headings ought to link to inform a cohesive story for your audience to follow.

The Body

The Body is the bulk of the slide. It consists of all the vibrant material (e.g. textboxes, diagrams, and so on). Whatever you put in the Body must build on exactly what has been presented in the Heading. All text within the Body needs to be Arial font style. The minimum font size to use is size 10 because any size smaller sized (utilizing Arial) is too difficult to read for many people. This is specifically real if you are forecasting your discussion.

On the leading left of your Body, you ought to have the Title of your slide. The Title is exactly what individuals typically put in the Heading location. It's a brief expression that classifies exactly what the Body is showing. Examples consist of '6-Phase Method,' 'Goals of the E-Book,' 'Strategic Hierarchies and Related Difficulties.' As you saw, the capitalization follows that of a book title (per the MLA). The Title needs to be Arial, font size 16, boldfaced, and italicized.

If you have any numbers or any info on your slide that should be sourced, make certain to do it. The source ought to appear in a text box on the lower left of the Body. It must be Arial, font size 10, and start with the text "Source:". Professionals use a variety of various approaches and structures to structure and style material for the Body. We will not talk about these other mentors within this post.

The Bumper

All consulting companies have this last element, however, might call it various names. Deloitte & Touche calls it the Take-Away, A.T. Kearny calls it the Tombstone, and Capgemini Consulting calls it the Kicker.

The function of the Bumper is to attend to the "so exactly what?" concern your audience might have. Whereas the Heading offered an intro and context to the slide, and the Body decorated upon that message with clarifying information, numbers, diagrams, etc., you risk of your audience thinking, Okay, this details is intriguing, however so exactly what? Why do I have to understand this? Why should I care?

Those are all reasonable concerns and ones you ought to respond to with the Bumper. If you cannot think of anything significant to put in the Bumper, ask yourself if you should have this slide in the deck. Simply put, if the slide does not provide any extra insight that is very important for your audience to understand, why include all of it? Obviously, there are lots of legitimate needs to have a slide without a Bumper. The slide simply provides the program, is a transitional slide, or just is to offer essential contact details. Often, they move is simply to present raw information.