Introduction to Presentation Rework
I have written and read many posts about making awesome presentations and surprisingly ALL of them (including mine) fail to make a “real impact”, the impact of changing a raw presentation and converting it into a beautiful, thought provoking and impactful display of information
Do you know why?
Because creating an awesome presentation is much more than
- Picking up a beautiful template and filling it up
- Dumping colors, fonts and pictures and expecting the presentation to come out great
- Knowing 100 + features of PowerPoint
So I wanted to do something different..
Rather than just writing piles of text on “How to stuff..” I thought of taking a random but real Presentation and reworking it to make it awesome
I will give you downloadable files (pre and post rework), videos and commentary about my thought process and more importantly the reason(s) behind why I chose something over the other. Hopefully this will give you insights on what works and more importantly what doesn’t
Some Essential PowerPoint Tools that you should know
Knowing the tool (PowerPoint) is important, but knowing it all is also meaningless. So I am going to touch base on some essentials that will help you build up speed. If you already are a pro feel free to skip this section
- Download 60 + PowerPoint Shortcut Guide (and START USING THEM)
- Why PowerPoint Templates are Bull Shit (stop using PPT Templates)
- The Most Effective PowerPoint Template that I use
- How to Adjust Slide orientation
- Changing fonts across all slides in one go
- 5 Steps to boost productivity while making presentations
- 3 Musketeers in PowerPoint (Extremely Important Article)
- How to make a Slide Master
- 12 Important Shortcuts to Boost Speed
Today’s Presentation is on Human Resources Review
Here is a review presentation on an HR Department, which talks about what work have they done and what are they planning to do in the future
Watch a short video [2.10 min] on how the raw presentation looks like ..
Reworked Presentation : I thought about the following things when I sat down to rework the presentation
- Who is audience : I believe this presentation is meant for the senior management
- What is the decision that this presentation will help them make : The presentation will update the management on the work done by HR and what are they planning in the future. The key thing to note is that the objective here is not just to inform but also talk about the reasons and show how the work has impacted (or will impact) the employees and the organisation
- Story Boarding Process : There was a lot of scope for adding more details to support the presentation. I have added the following
- Who have won the awards (with dummy pictures) and why?
- What is the main finding of the work done by the external consultant
- How will the new CTC structure impact the organisation
- Mocking the Presentation : This is where I start wearing the designer’s hat and put down visualizations (how the slides will look) on paper. It is extremely important to do a mock because:
- It dramatically reduces iterations on PowerPoint. If it is not making sense on paper, redraw it. Simple!
- If you can draw what you have in your mind then it becomes relatively fast to replicate it on PowerPoint
- Here are my versions of the mock presentation that I made
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- Finally make the slide on PowerPoint : This is where your PowerPoint skills will be used to create the presentation
Watch a short video [5.30 min] on the reworked presentation
Your feedback is Important !
Please tell me what have you liked, learnt or your suggestions in this presentation. If you have a presentation that you want to me rework, please don’t hesitate to share it with me