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The Insider's Guide to Grantmaking: How Foundations Find, Fund, and Manage Effective Programs by Joel J. Orosz

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Presentation Home Runs and Third Rails

Whether you give a straightforward talking-head presentation or one embellished with one or more of the approaches just discussed, there are a number of things you should strive to do—and a number of things you must strive at any cost to avoid—in making the oral presentation. These can be divided neatly into “home runs” (do it and you have scored) and “third rails” (touch it and you are dead).

Home Runs

1.  Recalling that brevity truly is the soul of wit—for board presentations anyway. Comedians have an excellent rule that all program officers should memorize: leave while they're still laughing. It is good practice to take no more than the allotted time, but it is even better practice to take less time. ...

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