Steering Committee Presentation (How to WOW Them!)

Adriana Girdler

Nervous for an upcoming StC meeting? Here’s what you need to know! Are you preparing for a steering committee presentation and want to make sure …

Nervous for an upcoming StC meeting? Here’s what you need to know!

Are you preparing for a steering committee presentation and want to make sure you get it right?

When it comes to steering committee presentations, you want to make sure you’re making the best use of their time.

So, here are some guidelines to follow to ensure productive and effective steering committee meetings that benefit your project, and everyone involved.

Purpose of a steering committee meeting

Let’s start off with this quick reminder: Your steering committee is there to help you remove roadblocks and ensure you’re aligned with company strategy. Keep this purpose in mind as you go through your steering committee presentation, because it will help you ensure that your presentation is relevant and effective.

Key project reminders

So, what do you start with?

It’s always important to review key project reminders. This includes things like your scope statement, priority matrix, roles and responsibilities, and your overall project timeline.

Essentially, you want to review the most critical aspects of the project to remind everybody what they all agreed to. Reviewing these core aspects of the project will ensure that when challenges arise, everyone is on the same page.

Project update

When giving the project update, I find that the most effective and efficient way to convey all the necessary information is to use a stoplight system. This keeps your project update short and sweet while still providing all the necessary information.

What is the stoplight system?

The stoplight system means you associate a stoplight colour with each deliverable to indicate the progress on that aspect of the project. Here are all the stoplight symbols and what they mean:

  • Green: Everything is on track!
  • Yellow: This gives the steering committee a heads up that there is potential risk, but your project team is working on it. It’s important to let them know HOW you’re resolving the issue, but the yellow stoplight just gives them a heads up that you might need their help if all still doesn’t go according to plan.
  • Red: The colour red symbolizes that there is an issue that you need to escalate – you need help from your steering committee!

What else to keep in mind

There’s a lot more that you need to keep in mind before making a steering committee presentation that hasn’t been outlined in this article. Instead, I made a video that goes into each of these points in detail and provides you with additional information you need to make your steering committee presentation a success.

So, head over to YouTube with me and we’ll finish this conversation there!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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