Presentation Skills for Finance Directors

National Grid is one of the the world’s largest utilities, focused on delivering energy safely, efficiently, reliably and responsibly. National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world.

Steve Lucas served as Group Financial Director from 2002 until his retirement in 2010. Since then he has held several non-executive director positions including: Tullow Oil plc, Essar Energy plc, Compass Group plc. He is a member of the Energy Boardroom at the World Economic Forum.

CHALLENGE

The demands of analysts and investors to have company results and financial trends communicated effectively have to be met – authoritatively and consistently. Steve wanted to improve his results presentations to ensure that he was trusted and respected by the stakeholders at National Grid.

BENEFITS

Once the generic work was completed, Steve Lucas’s presentations were always of the highest order and instilled investor confidence in his abilities.

Steve returned every six months to rehearse his interim and final results presentations – a policy he continued for eight years until the end of 2010 when he retired from National Grid.

 

Outcome

“Even after 5 years, I was still learning. I would highly recommend the process to any rising Finance Directors.”

CHALLENGE

In the space of a few years Steve found himself propelled from the position of Group Treasurer to a fully-fledged Finance Director of major FTSE 100 business, National Grid.

The demands of analysts and investors to have company results and financial trends communicated effectively have to be met – authoritatively and consistently. Steve wanted to improve his results presentations to ensure that he was trusted and respected by the stakeholders at National Grid.

THE AZIZ PROGRAMME

Aziz Corporate coaches, led by Khalid Aziz, worked with Steve on his generic communications skills improving not only the content and structure of his presentations but also on how he could use his voice more effectively and employ influencing techniques to ensure key financial messages hit their targets.

Our communications coaching experience

Aziz Corporate is a boutique consultancy offering coaching and mentor expertise, along with top team development and board effectiveness programmes, to senior executives both in the UK and internationally.

OUR COMMUNICATIONS COACHING EXPERTISE

We offer expertise on all themes of communication skills through our team of subject matter specialists which includes experts in presentation skills, storytelling, difficult conversations, media training, written communications, influencing and personal impact.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES

Often we are asked to provide communication support in advance of a conference, a financial roadshow, a results presentation for an AGM. A typical client has often just been promoted into a bigger leadership role and finds themselves having to step out of their comfort zone, communicating with a broader range of audiences (and often more senior), with a more business critical agenda and in a more pressurised environment. The goal might be preparation and rehearsal for a set piece event, help with getting your voice heard around the Boardroom table or handling challenge and conflict without getting too emotional.

OUR APPROACH TO COMMUNICATION COACHING

We offer both unique 1:1 coaching programmes for senior leaders needing to polish their communications skills as well as bespoke in-house group workshops and both as face-to-face classroom-based sessions and virtually.

 

 

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