Powerpoint presentations can be amazing, if you have the time. With multimedia you can turn your tired presentation into a YouTube sensation or save directly to Sharepoint as I have done with the presentations below.
I receive a lot of content heavy, unformatted slides which, with a bit of time can be turned into stunning, professional looking presentations guaranteed to keep the audience awake and engaged. Often I receive a raw Excel spreadsheet or Word document with the brief, "can you turn this into something special on PowerPoint". The busy manager is perfectly capable of doing this them-self but the deadline may be looming, there are meetings all day and support staff is snowed under.
Here is an example of the life cycle of a presentation:
Step 1: The raw document
Step 2: The basic PowerPoint layout
Step 3: The finished PowerPoint presentation
There is one more step for the advanced presenters. Prezi! Subscribe to my feed if you'd like to receive my next article where I will transform the above presentation into Prezi.
So what can the busy manager do to create a presentation with pow! Read the article below for some great tips on designing a presentation. If pushed for time give me a call and I'll work to make sure you meet your deadline and wow your audience. Often a new set of eyes will come up with a design which wouldn't have occurred to you. To save time and increase consistency, quality and controls I highly recommend setting up a template. Brand your template with your corporate identity and set up a slide for each of the following layouts: charts, image, bullets, video or movie, graph and text. When it comes time to put a presentation together all you need to do is to drop in your content.
Further reading: 10 tips for a more professional PowerPoint presentation.
Here's a question - what do you like best about PowerPoint?