Michael Gibson
5 min readAug 3, 2021

You did it! You accepted an opportunity. You prepared and practiced. And you delivered a Big Presentation in a Small Room.

Now what?

Are you done?

It depends.

Proper presentation follow-up can make the difference between success and failure. Wisdom helps determine if and how to follow up.

Here are three things to keep in mind when you complete a presentation.

Consider the purpose.

Consider the audience.

Consider the timing.


What was the purpose of your presentation?

Were you simply sharing information? Perhaps your responsibility was to provide a clear and accurate summary of project progress or completion. There is an additional question here. What is to be done with that information?

Were you proposing a new idea? In this case, you sought to ensure an understanding of the costs and benefits of the proposal and how the benefits outweighed the costs.

In both scenarios, ask the following questions:

Will you be waiting on a decision that determines future action? How will you receive that decision? Will it happen during the meeting, or will you have to wait for it?

If you must wait for a decision, how will you know how long to wait? At what point should you gently request the needed decision? Follow-up might be required to move forward in your work.

If the questions lead to action, those actions are considered follow-up items.

Were you teaching a new skill? If so, then your success depends on the audience’s ability to implement the content you give them.

In this scenario, ask these questions:

How soon will they be applying this new skill? Immediately? In a few days? In a few weeks?

If it is not immediate, then ask what quick refreshers might be needed when the application happens.

What are some common frustrations when applying this new skill? How can you lessen that frustration? How can you encourage them through it?

How long will it take for this new skill set to become easy? How will you know when the implementation is…



Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson is a speaker, trainer, and instructional designer. His book, Big Presentations in Small Rooms, is available at Amazon.