Sounding Board

Boost your presentations to the board

What It Is

Sounding Board is a custom-developed, personalized program designed to enable CIOs and CISOs to lead and shape the board’s cybersecurity and technology agenda. Our goal is to ensure that your board presentation includes the right content, and that you are fully prepared to deliver it effectively.

The Sounding Board offering includes guidance on navigating your board’s organization and politics, an informed review of your technology strategy, and personalized coaching on how to deliver your message with maximum impact.

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According to CEOs and board members, cybersecurity and technology professionals are 30% less effective than other business leaders in delivering board presentations.
—source: Nemertes research study, Summer 2022

What You Get

The Sounding Board offering begins with a thorough review of your technology or cybersecurity strategy. Through a series of customized individual workshops, we fine-tune the content of your strategy with you. This review can also focus on a specific situational issue or topic (e.g. ransomware).

At the same time, we work on building a “board map” – a customized assessment of your board’s composition and concerns – which helps you focus your message for those specific individuals. We guide you in developing collateral and leave-behinds for board members designed to build their knowledge around key technologies and their business impact.

We then have you rehearse your presentation with our team of experts, who provide feedback on your messaging and overall impact. We practice until you’re fully confident in your ability to deliver your chosen message with maximum impact.

The Sounding Board offering includes:

  • Finalized, polished board presentation
  • Board education document (general insight into board structures, governance, committees, and concerns)
  • Customized “board map” for your board
  • Customized, vetted leave-behind documents for board members designed to build their knowledge around key technologies
  • Ongoing support and customized 1:1 coaching and guidance
  • One year of participation in our Nemertes Community

The Team

Contact us today to ensure that your board presentation includes the right content, and that you are fully prepared to deliver it effectively!

Our consultants have decades of experience on both sides of these presentations:

• As CTOs, chief architects, and engineers, we’re up-to-date with emerging technologies and cybersecurity solutions, and can deliver a comprehensive review of the technology in your board presentation.

• As CIOs and CEOs, we’ve learned to develop compelling strategies and present them effectively.

• As current and former board members, we can tell you from the board’s perspective what ideas and themes work and don’t work.

We complement those skills with deep expertise in the practice of effective presentation. How you convey your ideas is at least as important as what ideas you’re conveying. Our team has extensive experience in effective communications, including backgrounds in theater, communications, voiceovers, and marketing.

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