Organizations that have qualified through Round 1 will be invited to give an 8 minute presentation on their best practice at the World Business Capability Congress on the 6th December (if an organisation has submitted more than one best practice they may be invited to give more than one presentation). Organisations that have also entered the Global Benchmarking Award, if selected, will be invited to give an additional 8 minute presentation on their benchmarking approach.

The winners of the New Zealand Best Practice Competition and the Overseas Best Practice Competition winner (to be announced at the Congress Dinner and Awards Evening) repeat their 8 minute presentation on the 7th December for a chance to win the 1st International Best Practice Competition.

The time of each presentation will be shown on the Congress Programme.


1. Practice your presentation to ensure it lasts no longer than 8 minutes.

2. The following is a recommended outline for an 8 minute Best Practice Competition presentation:

  • Slide No.1 – Name of best practice, organization.
  • Slide No.2 – Overview of the organization e.g. size, location, products and service
  • Slide No.3 – Overview of the best practice, number of people in the team, when implemented, scope of the best practice.
  • Slides No.4 to 8 – Description of the best practice, description of why it is innovative, performance achieved, evidence that it is a best practice, level of deployment and next steps planned.
  • Slide No.9 – Lessons Learnt – what lessons have been learnt through identifying/designing and implementing the best practice? Can the best practice be further improved?

3. Entrants to the Global Benchmarking Award should consider answering the following questions in their 8 minute presentation:

  • How does your organization identify and implement best practices? Is this in a few areas or across the organization?
  • How is internal knowledge captured and shared as well as knowledge gained from other organizations?
  • Do you use a structured benchmarking methodology for identifying and implementing best practices? Is this methodology reviewed?
  • Are benchmarking projects/initiatives aligned to strategic imperatives and their contribution assessed? What has been the organizational impact of benchmarking?
  • Are benchmarking projects supported by senior management from initiation to implementation to review? Examples of projects?
  • How do you ensure benchmarking projects are conducted in an ethical manner?
  • Is there an openness to sharing with others (as well as learning from others)?
  • Is training and experienced support provided for benchmarking teams?
  • Is there a focus on benchmarks (comparing numbers) or on benchmarking (learning from the best practices of other organisations)?
  • Is benchmarking restricted to learning from competitors or is learning from other parts of your organization and from outside your industry encouraged?

4. For the Best Practice Competition your written entry and presentation will be assessed on the following criteria.

  • Level of deployment
  • Level of innovation
  • Results achieved
  • Evidence it is a best practice (use of benchmarking/comparison of results/peer reviewed)
  • Review/next steps planned

5. For the Global Benchmarking Award applicants will need to enter the Best Practice Competition (and give a presentation) and the Global Benchmarking Award (and give a presentation).  Information from both presentations and the written entry will be assessed using the criteria shown in guidelines 3 and 4 above.

6. Include photographs or videos in your presentation to help you to explain your best practices. Pictures are worth a 1000 words.

7. During your presentation, talk clearly and smoothly. Clarity is of the essence. Presenters with English as their mother tongue and a fast mode of speaking should think of other people in the audience whose mother tongue may not be English since this is an international event.

8. Rehearse well even if you are an experienced presenter. Your audience is sophisticated, thus, reading from slides during a presentation is deemed unprofessional.

9. The organizers are available to provide advice and comment on your presentation slides from 7th to 18th November. This will assist all entrants to deliver a strong presentation. Send your presentations for checking to


  1. From the start of the buzzer you will have 8 minutes to deliver your presentation. The presentation will be stopped precisely on 8 minutes.
  2. More than one person can deliver the presentation.
  3. Inform the organisers if you have any special presentation requirements other than PowerPoint such as: Video, Overhead Projector (slides), Internet access or computer audio, etc.
  4. Arrive at least 2 hours before your time-slot to ensure that your presentation is correctly loaded on to the computer.
  5. Failure to turn- up at your allocated time-slot will be interpreted as a withdrawal from the competition.
  6. The judges’ decision is final.
  7. The Best Practice Competition entrance fee must be paid to participate in Round 2 by 10 November. The fee is set at NZ$550 GST inclusive  for up-to 3 Competition entries and enables one person from your organization to attend all 3 days of the Congress (this excludes the Welcome Reception, Networking Function and Official Conference Dinner which can be booked separately). Additional staff can register at standard delegate rates. Note the best 20 SME (under 20 employees) applicants that enter the competition will receive one free registrations to the whole Congress (including social events), 5-7 December, courtesy of sponsorship by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

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