Q: I would appreciate advice on presenting an idea to commissioners in order to secure funding. What would you say were the key 'dos and don'ts'?
A: First, keep your presentation concise. People will remember four or five things at most, so if you outline 30 ideas, they will forget 80-90 per cent of what you tell them, potentially the most important aspects.
Second, know the people to whom you are presenting: understand what drives them, problems they face and what they want from you and put forward your proposal as a solution to their problems.