Communication is key in areas like this. This is why "must have strong communication skills" is almost always in every job description; This is because often there are others who simply cannot communicate very well. I think the problem is two fold really.
- Too much detail/incorrect focus; It sounds like you might be focusing too much on small details or contextual items versus focusing on the bigger picture or larger details. K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple, Stupid ... often this is best for executives who may not have the technical background or expertise to understand/care about your excellent and extremely detailed (no matter how good) presentations.
- Minimal to No Effective Communication; It also sounds like your manager is not communicating enough with you nor you with him. Rather than work at all out sprint pace to keep things "on-track" perhaps talk to him and carve an adequate amount of time at the beginning and/or the end of the day to discuss the presentation and make sure work is not being wasted...
- Beginning of the Day (15 Minutes) Review & Goal setting; establish some goals regarding the presentation and make sure anything not previously covered gets brought up and decisions are made about the presentation.
- End of the Day (45 Minutes - 1 Hour) Analysis & Revaluation; Discuss key points about the presentation: analyze slides, information, context, formatting, detail, etc. This is where a lot of the "wasted" time and work are trimmed from the equation because there is a coherent and clear result that you and he/she are striving for and consistent discussion throughout the process to ensure delays and mistakes are avoided.
These meetings, however organized, are important times where communication and review can be accomplished so that the project/presentation stays on track, on time, on budget, and on point with what needs to be done. This should reduce errors and wasted time. If you manager can't or won't prioritize the time in his/her schedule to have these meetings then let them know that you and he/she need to work on a communication process to make sure you are not wasting time, energy, and resources for the project/company. Most managers welcome this communication style and thinking.
If all else fails, pull your manager aside in the middle of the day (each day) and have him look over and evaluate how you are doing and give some feedback so you do not waste the rest of the day focusing on something that may be removed in the end anyway. If you need to you can be straight to the point by saying the following:
Hey [Name], I understand we have XYZ project coming up for presentation in ABC time. I want to make sure we work out a system of
communication so that I can better focus my time and efforts to reduce
removal of work at the end. As you are no doubt aware each time we
remove something at the end of project, we have wasted valuable time
before by creating said content.
I understand this is inevitable, but with recent the recent projects of DEF, HIJ, KLM, NOP, etc. I have noticed this happening in
increasing amounts. I want to make sure I am focusing on the correct
items and not wasting my time in the long run. We need to establish a
clear plan to articulate our goals, needs, etc. and the client's
vision and desires.
This way we, as a team, can better optimize our department and results to meet and exceed expectations. I just want be the best that
I can be. Do you see what I am saying?
Try these strategies and the problem should improve and wasted time and effort should be dramatically reduced.