What is a consulting presentation?
Organizations bring in management consultants when they are grappling with a difficult problem that they aren’t sure how to solve.
Consultants provide the client with unbiased advice that is supported by insights that they have seen in other organizations.
These consultants go through a rigorous problem-solving process. Put simply, they identify the underlying problem, consider all credible solutions to the problem, and recommend the most appropriate solution for the organization.
At the end of the consulting engagement, the Partner or Project Leader will meet with the client and discuss their recommendations. They will also provide the client a consulting presentation that summarizes the analysis and recommendations.
How do you present a consulting presentation?
In most cases, the consulting presentation isn’t “presented” as such. Instead, the consulting Partner or Project Leader will talk through a few key slides from the consulting presentation in their final meeting with the client.
In reality, a consulting presentation is a slide deck that summarizes the analysis and recommendations for the client to reference after the consulting team has finished the engagement.
How do you write a consulting presentation?
As a consultant, you very quickly realize there are two important parts to writing a consulting presentation:
- The ‘thinking’. This is the rigorous problem definition, analysis, synthesis, and insight that happens before you open up PowerPoint. Without this, even the most well-crafted consulting presentation lacks impact.
- The presentation. This is the distinctive, structured, and clear way that consultants build their slide decks. Without this, even the most powerful insights lose their force.
You start your consulting presentation by focusing on the thinking. And only after you clearly understand the problem and the potential solutions, do you think about opening up PowerPoint and writing the consulting presentation.
It’s beyond the scope of this article to walk through the entire process of writing a consulting presentation. But we have a complete, end-to-end guide that walks you through the process.
In our Complete Guide to Building Strategy Slide Decks, we cover everything including structuring your consulting presentation, synthesizing your analysis, crafting your argument and storyline, choosing the right chart of visualization, building conceptual slides, writing executive summaries, and more.
You might also want to check out the Slide Science course, which covers the same topic in more detail.
Consulting presentation examples
In addition to the guide and course mentions above, one of the best ways to learn how to write consulting presentations is to look at how real consulting firms construct their consulting presentations.
Below, we’ve put together a list of free, downloadable consulting presentations from consulting firms, such as McKinsey & Co, Bain, BCG, Oliver Wyman, L.E.K Consulting, Kearney, and more.
These are the same presentations that we’ve used to populate our consulting slide library. All of these consulting presentations are available in the public domain. We’ve just rounded them up for convenience.
McKinsey & Co presentations
- McKinsey – USPS Future Business Model (2010)
- McKinsey – Addressing the Global Affordable Housing Challenge (2016)
- McKinsey – The Internet of Things and Big Data (2013)
- McKinsey – Capturing the Data & Advanced Analytics Opportunity in Capital Markets (2017)
- McKinsey – Challenges in Mining: Scarcity or Opportunity? (2015)
- McKinsey – Digital Luxury Experience (2017)
- McKinsey – The Future Energy Landscape (2017)
- McKinsey – European Banking Summit (2018)
- McKinsey – Fab Automation – Artificial Intelligence (2015)
- McKinsey – The Future of the Finance Function (2019)
- McKinsey – Context for Global Growth and Development (2014)
- McKinsey – Manufacturing the Future (2013)
- McKinsey – Outperformers: High Growth Emerging Economies (2018)
- McKinsey – Perspectives on Manufacturing, Disruptive Technologies and Industry 4.0 (2014)
- McKinsey – Insurance Trends and Growth Opportunities for Poland (2015)
- McKinsey – Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions (2017)
- McKinsey – Current Perspectives on Medical Affairs in Japan (2018)
- McKinsey – Digitally-Enabled Processes in the NHS (2014)
- McKinsey – Restoring Economic Health to the North Sea (2015)
- McKinsey – How Unconventials are Changing Global Oil and Gas Markets (2013)
- McKinsey – From Poverty to Empowerment (2014)
- McKinsey – What Makes Private Sector Partnerships Work (2011)
- McKinsey – Reinventing Construction (2017)
- McKinsey – Laying the Foundations for a Financially Sound Industry (2013)
- McKinsey – Technology’s Role in Mineral Criticality (2017)
- McKinsey – The Five Frames – A Guide to Transformational Change (2015)
- McKinsey – Capturing the Full Electrical Efficiency Potential of the UK (2012)
- McKinsey – US Productivity Growth (2015)
- McKinsey – How Companies can Capture the Veteran Opportunity (2012)
- McKinsey – How Financial Institutions in Europe Should Prepare for the Future (2017)
- McKinsey – Five Keys to Unlocking Growth in Marketing’s New Golden Age (2017)
- McKinsey – Investment and Industrial Policy (2018)
- McKinsey – How will IoT Transform Public Services by 2030? (2015)
- McKinsey – Moving Laggards to Early Adopters (2019)
Bain & Co presentations
- BCG – Corporate Ventures in Sweden (2016)
- BCG – Loose Dogs in Dallas (2016)
- BCG – Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Program (2008)
- BCG – The Media and Entertainment Industry in NYC (2015)
- BCG – The Open Education Resource Ecosystem (2013)
- BCG – Project US Mail Volumes to 2020 (2010)
- BCG – The True-Luxury Global Consumer Insight (2017)
- BCG – Evaluating NYC Media Sector Development (2012)
- BCG – Next Generation Manufacturing (2016)
- BCG – Melbourne as a Global Cultural Destination (2017)
- BCG – Reshaping NYCHA Support Functions (2012)
AT Kearney presentations
- AT Kearney – The Future of Commercial Vehicle Powertrains (2012)
- AT Kearney – Internet of Things 2020: A Glimpse into the Future (2020)
L.E.K Consulting presentations
- L.E.K. Consulting – 2019 APAC Hospital Priority Study Overview (2019)
- L.E.K. Consulting – U.S. Healthcare Landscape Review (2019)
- L.E.K. Consulting – Rail industry cost and revenue sharing (2011)
Oliver Wyman presentations
- Oliver Wyman – Responding to Covid-19 (2021)
- Oliver Wyman – Covid-19 Special Primer (2020)
- Oliver Wyman – Future Automotive Industry Structure Until 2030 (2018)
- Oliver Wyman – Building Up Immunity of the Financial Sector (2020)
- Oliver Wyman – European Patent Office Financial Study (2019)
Monitor Deloitte presentations
- Deloitte – TMT Outlook (2017)
- Deloitte – Canberra Region SME Survey (2016)
- Deloitte – Changing the landscape of care: System impacts and value of telehealth (2019)
EY Parthenon presentations
PwC / Strategy& presentations
- Strategy& – Development & performance improvement of GECOL (2017)
- Strategy& – The outlook for Travel by segment (2020)
- Strategy& – Net Zero and the impact of electrification (2020)
- Strategy& – Blockchain in Health (2020)
- Strategy& – Consumer Research into Rapid Charging (2019)
- Strategy& – The 2016 Chief Digital Officer Study (2016)
- Strategy& – Sector performance and structure sector reform (2017)
Booz Allen Hamilton presentations
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