The Murder Board

Are you familiar with the “Murder Board” concept? From Wikipedia:

A murder board is a committee of questioners set up to help someone prepare for a difficult oral examination. The term originated in the U.S. military but is also used in academic and government appointment contexts.

When you’re preparing for an important presentation where you need to convince people to take a course of action, it might be a good idea to set up a “Murder Board” like this:

  • Get colleagues to participate in your presentation,
  • then get them to ask the most difficult questions they can to try to negate the effect of your presentation
  • list the questions
  • analyse them for relevance and content
  • work on reframed responses
  • revise your presentation
  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehease.

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