To enable your stakeholders to understand key issues and how these should impact on the organisation, a presentation of your plan is necessary. This provides an opportunity for feedback and adjustments before final submission. During your presentation, verbal agreement or ‘agreement in principle’ can often be reached; this would then be subject to adjustments. It is important to remember that both style and substance are important in gaining approval. As such, the way in which you present your plan may greatly affect its likelihood to be approved.
Operational plans must be formally signed off by people with the delegated authority. Signed copies should then be kept on file as formal records and be provided to the parties responsible for implementing the plan.