How to present a 9 minute lightning talk

Have one or two things to talk about your intranet. Solutions are good, but problems are a lot of fun.

Maybe put together four or five slides.

Tell the story:

  1. set out the challange / problem;
  2. explain the impact of the problem (to the org and to people);
  3. showcase the approach you took to find / plan the solution (metrics, team members, processes);
  4. reveal the solution;
  5. discuss the implementation;
  6. express the impact and success;
  7. review any concerns, failures, or things you’d do differently.


Tell your story, share some heartache and some lessons.


Don’t spend more than 20 seconds explaining your career or company backstory. Seriously.

Don’t talk as soon as your next slide comes up – pause for a second to allow people to read (so they can listen to you).

Limit the number of bullet points – maybe to four.

Use eye contact and body language to speak to the people at the back. Yes, the microphone will work well, but it’s up to you to engage the whole room.