PowerPoint Presentations For The Busy Manager

September 4, 2012

by Justine Parsons

 

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!  Read “From PowerPoint to Prezi” where I 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?

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