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How to create a business plan presentation?

As long as your business idea is in your head, creating a wow business plan presentation is a perfect idea. But as you try to translate it into a presentation it comes undone. So, let’s talk here about the fundamentals of preparing a business proposal ppt.

Keep Your message clear and concise.

The heartbeat of any successful business proposal ppt is keeping your message clear and concise which makes it successful. Explain your business idea to yourself to ensure your message comes off logically.
You will be able to explain better if you have a stronger grip on your idea.
In other words, ensure that your plans are summarized into a business pitch deck. Also, remember to use simple and easy language — If a child is able to understand your business idea then you are in the correct direction. 

The slides should be easy to read and understand

f a clear message is considered as the heart of a successful presentation, ease in understanding along with good readability are the lungs, which give your business proposal ppt life. 
Here we have shared a couple of things that can be done that can help in creating digestible slides.

Choose an easy-to-read font.

Take a look at how well the font style and size are adjusted in the business proposal ppt template. If the font size will keep changing then it will create a visual flow that navigates viewers’ attention.

Choose an easy on the eyes color contrast:

Be aware of those bright colors that hurt the eye and are quite difficult to look at. Try to stay away from all of those. A very subtle color combination will work the best in your business proposal ppt.

Try to use the least text.

To achieve this, read each line carefully and question yourself: can it be fine to eliminate a few words from it? If the answer to this question comes out as yes, remove those words from the line. Concisely, make each word earn its keep in your business pitch deck.

Pay close attention to all the visual elements in each slide:

Smartly, use all the design elements without overdoing them. You might surely have heard a picture is worth a thousand words, but getting perfect visual components in your business pitch deck can take a lot of effort. 
Let’s explain it in another way, it is not just about throwing a bunch of thumbnail images and icons and calling it a day. Actually, it is all about adding them reasonably so they are persuasive rather than extra baggage. 
Wrapping it all up, the aim is crafting any business pitch deck presentation that’s understandable, readable, and clutter-free. I hope now you will be able to draft an impressive business plan presentation to achieve your desired goals. Don’t forget to let us know how much help this article turned out to you in making your business pitch deck presentation. Good luck:)

Master Slide in PowerPoint

The Master Slide in PowerPoint is known as the main slide. It defines and sets the layout, colors, typography, background, imagery, and other things for the presentation slides that follow under it. So, if you make any changes in any of these elements in the Master Slide- they will automatically be applied to all the remaining presentation slides below it. Consider the Master Slide as the starting point where the design guidelines are decided for the entire PowerPoint presentation.

When you design your master slide you can make immediate global changes to the entire PowerPoint presentation deck instead of repeating the same changes again and again for each slide.

Go to View > Slide Master to turn it on and start customizing.

When you click Slide Master, PowerPoint will automatically generate a set of slides underneath the main slide. This will look like a presentation template. The default PowerPoint presentation slide template is plain with a headline and subheading. But the Master Slide gives you more to work in terms of layouts, containers, columns, bullets, shapes, elements, and more.

Here is how the Master Slide works. Take a look at some examples of how to adjust fonts, colors, backgrounds, and other visual metaphors for the entire presentation deck with just a single click.

Change the font on all slides

To make global changes to the entire presentation deck, remember that you need to be in the Slide Master tab. Because that’s where the global settings are located. Below is an example of how to change the font on all the slides in the presentation deck with a single click.

Change the Colors on All Slides

Colors change in the Master Slide when you change the entire color scheme for the PowerPoint presentation deck. The color scheme can be primary accent colors, secondary colors, and more. To change the colors on all the slides, you can easily customize the color schemes so that you can apply your set of brand colors for a consistent design flow/look.

Change the Background on All Slides

Like other settings in Master Slide, you can instantly change the background color of the presentation deck with a single click. After making the changes you can still change the background of a single slide underneath the Master Slide. You’ve got that much flexibility!

Time to start

In case you haven’t worked with the Master Slide feature in PowerPoint, we hope these tips showed were useful for you. These tips can be a huge productivity boost especially when you need to build last-minute consistent presentations. This can make designing of presentations faster, so give it a go and let us know how it works for you!

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Be The Solution To The Problem- A Story On Leadership Qualities

Jane and Abigail were two extremely skilled engineers who worked for a firm in Cincinnati. The firm had over 100 engineers, each of whom were efficient and had graduated from some of the best universities in America.

One day while taking a coffee break in the common cafeteria, someone discovered that the coffee machine had broken and was not working properly. The employees got irritated due to this, but after plenty of ranting, they went about their day.

The next morning, the employees came back to the same situation of a broken coffee machine, which had stopped serving its purpose. The same routine of ranting and complaining continued, but the employees would eventually go back to their cubicles and continue working in their disgruntled state.

Jane and Abigail were not just colleagues, but were also good friends, who were witnessing this dissatisfaction every single day. Jane then turned to Abigail and said, ‘if no one is going to come fix the machine, then can’t we? I mean, we are engineers after all, and know how such machines work’. Abigail agreed and said ‘Sometimes we spend so much time complaining, but don’t realize that the solution is always in our hands’. Jane and Abigail came the next day, on their day off and got together on fixing the broken coffee machine. It took a few strenuous hours, but they got the job done, and were proud of themselves for having fixed a problem for the other employees.

The next day, the employees came in as usual and expected to find a broken coffee machine, but were instead shocked to see that it had been fixed, and was working normally. They found out that Jane and Abigail has spent their day off in working on the broken machine, and this impressed everyone thoroughly, but also left them feeling embarrassed, as they could have also contributed and become a part of the solution instead of complaining.

So what’s the moral here? If you can fix a problem, then do it, instead of complaining and waiting for someone to fix it for you. Be the solution, not the problem!

How You Perceive Things Is What Makes All The Difference

Kathy and Vanessa were 2 extremely intelligent individuals who worked for a leading fashion brand in the U.S, which was known for its high quality leather jackets. They were efficient, smart, and had experienced a lot of success in their respective roles at the workplace.
One day, their boss Carla called them and told them that they had to fly to a remote part in China to conduct some research, which could help with the business. Kathy and Vanessa were thrilled to know that they had been selected for such a great task, and were soon off to China to explore some unchartered terrains. When they reached China, Kathy and Vanessa decided to conduct their own personal research.
2 weeks went by and the research went well. Kathy and Vanessa came back to their swanky office in the U.S, and were eager to meet their boss before making the final presentation.
When Carla, their boss walked in she asked both of them to sit down and share their research details and key takeaways from their long trip to China.
Kathy started off first, and went on to say that there was no potential in that remote part of China, as people did not wear clothes that were similar to what they sold. On the other hand, Vanessa pointed out that there was tremendous potential in that remote part of China, since nobody wore the kind of clothes that they sold!
Carla looked amused, and said “I am amazed. You both went and explored the same region. While you both understood that the people in that region did not wear our kind of clothes, you both drew different conclusions, based on the SAME fact. Kathy looked astonished, as she realized that even though she and Vanessa went to the same place, conducted the same research, and found the same facts, they both had such extreme opinions on what could or could not work.
So what is the moral of this story? Your outlook towards things determines your success. We always have ONE situation; however the way we look at it is what defines us. At the end of it all, how you perceive things is what shapes your reality. Good, bad, positive, negative, all these are different outlooks, but they create a huge impact in how we think and choose to conduct ourselves at work.

9 Most desired features in PowerPoint

PowerPoint presentations have come a long way in the way they look, and the impact they create. Whether it is for a small group presentation, or a large scale conference, the corporate life would be meaningless without PowerPoint presentations, as they truly form the crux and foundation for all businesses across the world.
While PowerPoint has many features that one can make the most use of, there are 9 features that are yet to find their place and prominence, and hence leave a lot of scope for creative and innovative expression.

Ability to export animated GIF’s

Nothing makes a presentation come to life the way GIF’s can. Besides empowering the message, it makes the entire presentation visually appealing and interactive. While this feature is not currently supported by PowerPoint, it is definitely one of the most sought after.

Save MOV files

The ability to save Multimedia files is present in PowerPoint, but is not present in MOV format, which is exclusive to Apple products. In a day and age where viewers consume video based content more than static, having this feature would amplify the messages that are presented by corporates on a global scale.

Lock Slide Objects

Even though one can easily group certain objects while creating a PowerPoint presentation, it is not possible to lock selected elements on a slide. Therefore, this makes it in the top 3 of our ‘desired features’ list for PowerPoint.

Replace color in the entire deck

Yes, everything on the PowerPoint application is easy, and a lot of things can be executed with just a few clicks, but replacing the entire color in the deck in one go is still not a possibility in PowerPoint. If one has to attempt to change the color, that person has to do it manually, which is definitely more time consuming, and becomes a hassle.

Pre-integrated Animated Icons

Bringing the PPT to life with pre-integrated animated icons is next level innovation that we hope becomes a possibility in the near future. Icon sets are great, but animation is where the world is right now, and we hope that PowerPoint picks up on this soon!

Save each slide as separate video

If you are using PowerPoint to create Instagram content, or anything related to social media, instead of hiding slides manually in order to export videos, it would be great to have a mechanism through which we could save every slide as a separate video, as that would make the process easy and less cumbersome.

Support drag and drop eps files

While PowerPoint has started supporting .svg files lately, it is important that a globally known vector format like eps should also be made available. This would be great, as it would help avoid the unnecessary step of having to convert files before using them.

Back and forth video play

We have already stressed on videos being an essential part of PowerPoint presentations, and going in sync with that is this one feature which is of the back and forth video play that is yet to be seen and made use of in PowerPoint. If one needs to make a reverse loop quirky content for social media content, then this would be a very useful feature.

Bigger canvas value than 56 inches

56 inches is the maximum that a PowerPoint is going to go up to, however a bigger resolution is what we live to see. Greater value, greater visibility and a greater effect of all the images and designs will surely come together in a dynamic way if this number gets stretched, and literally so! Moreover, best presentations templates are used for large-scale events, and therefore having a feature that extends in size would be beneficial.

Background video autoplay on visiting a previous slide

If this feature would be implemented, it would take PowerPoint presentations to a whole new level, besides adding to the aesthetics and effect. Currently, when we move from one slide to the next slide, and then if we visit the previous slide, the video content of that slide (if any) would not play automatically, but this feature would be really helpful in creating a touch-screen capability in PowerPoint, besides enhancing the viewer’s experience.

Better animations and transitions

PowerPoint, since its inception has always provided a wide variety of transitions and animations, however we still have a long way to go in getting better quality transitions and animations like Title animations, parallax effect, carousel, cinema graph etc. Like they say, there is ALWAYS room for improvement!

Get Uncomfortable, Cross The Unknown River, Explore New Possibilities!

3 friends, Jane, Lana and Alex were camping in a forest during the month of November, when fall was at its peak, the leaves were the color of burnt orange, and the flickering twilight between the dense trees reminded one of a parallel universe, where everything seemed perfect in harmony and nature. This was their usual camping spot, which they went to every year in order to get a short respite from the mundane city life and endless work hours that kept them glued to their phones, and desks.
Even though everything had its usual touch, this time, Lana had different plans! She really wanted to perk things up and try something that the 3 of them had never tried before. As they were sitting around the fire one night, Lana said “Hey guys, you know I was wondering, wouldn’t be great if we tried exploring the other side of this river”. She said that as she pointed to a bed of water that looked extremely still, so much so, that it would irk someone’s soul. It almost seemed inviting, yet daunting. There was momentary silence between the 3 before Alex burst out laughing. “ Lana, you’re crazy. You know I can’t even think of doing that. I just got over from healing from this foot fracture”. Jane too joined in and said “Lana, can’t we just do what we ALWAYS do, instead of venturing out into things we’ve never done before”. Aren’t you happy?” Lana said “Guys, this is exactly why I want to try this. We come here every year, do the same thing, roast marshmallows, talk about our life struggles and then explore the woods, and go back to the city life. I want us to do something different, something we can all remember. Alex, you don’t have to worry, I never said we had to be ‘Moses’ in order to cross the river. We will hire a boat. You can sit, take in the beauty, and relax. Jane, you need to expand your horizons, try out things you’ve never done before. How else would you grow?” The 2 friends didn’t say anything, but looked at each other and then Lana, and then finally smiled and agreed!
The next day, they set out early, all 3 of them huddled in a tiny boat, as they slowly made their way across the river. After several hours, they reached the other side, and even before they could plant their feet on the ground, they were shocked and bewildered by the amazing wealth they found in this spectacular natural surrounding! Luscious trees of some of the most exotic fruits, a tiny village that was buzzing with life, and the most gorgeous view of the mountain that they had never seen on any of their previous visits! They soon realized how much they had missed out on all these years. They always stayed safe on the OTHER side, but little did they know of the beauty and amazing views that were on the side that they were on NOW!
Unless you seek new possibilities, how will you know what you’re capable of achieving! They say ‘Your learning begins at the end of your comfort zone’, and this story proves it to be so.
*These stories are fictitious and are here to help you quote examples of leadership through inspiring and thought provoking anecdotes. Feel free to use these to amplify your message.*

Why Bigger Brands Should Always Focus On Making Customized Presentations

In today’s competitive race for achieving success, brands all over the world constantly come up with new innovative ways through which they keep their consumers hooked. Winning new business opportunities, cracking lucrative deals, and attracting new investors and stakeholders is the name of the game, but is there a definite approach that either MAKES it, or BREAKS it for big brands who are striving to create that cutting edge? The answer is YES, there is! And that approach is in making customized presentations that not only appeal to the target audience, but help in creating a life-long relationship with them as well. Refreshing and original content, appealing visuals, unique display of brand vision, and making the most of the emotional connect and relatability present in the brand vision are the major factors that make up a customized presentation, which harnesses brand success.
Get on board with customization being at the forefront, and let these components bring your presentations to life!

Originality

Nothing reeks more than clichéd and redundant presentations that churn out age-old content and themes. The new-age consumer is smart, aware and knows how to tell the difference between a brand that is all ‘fluff’, and a brand that offers genuine advice, solution or products. As a big brand, you definitely can’t afford to take a chance with content that is hackneyed. Stay true to what your brand claims through original content, and support it with facts, visuals, and stories that amplifies it even further.

A Fresh Approach & Uniqueness

This goes hand in hand with the first point. With today’s consumer being spoilt for choice, what is it that you bring to the table that comes off as DIFFERENT OR INTERESTING? It’s all about innovation and creative thinking! While giving a presentation on your brand, and all that you have achieved or wish to achieve, ensure that it comes packaged with a unique twist. Start off your presentation with a story, an incident that changed the way your brand functions, or the inspiration that led to its conceptualization. A fresh approach is key while creating a customized presentation that strikes a chord with the masses.

Engagement

An average person perceives presentations as boring or time consuming, because there is usually little or none for them to do, except listen. Get your consumer involved during your presentation. Ask them questions, call someone up and run a little fun experiment with them, or give them a task that they can do, while sitting in their seat. The more you engage your audience, the more personal it gets, and thereby, more successful for you and your brand.

Get the Right Attention

While preparing your presentation, you need to see how it relates to your user, how it fulfills their needs, or answers all their doubts. If your presentation is ONLY about figures, numbers, or your own personal success, it is far from being relatable or customized. Get the attention of your audience, but make sure you tap into the right audience, and their mindset, as that ultimately shapes your brand. Being a big brand, you can afford to choose the type of attention you want to garner, so make the most of it.

Strength

Define your strengths, but make it seem like it all springs from your target audience. While empowering your consumer with the thought that they had a pivotal role to play in your success, you also end up winning their trust and loyalty for a lifetime. At the end of the day, your consumers are in fact, the real driving source behind the success of your brand, so why not take that up a notch?

Translates Vision into Visuals

What you SEE is what SELLS, and that theory never seems to fail. Regardless of how long the concept of marketing and advertising has been around, unless you have appealing visuals to back up your vision with, you will not be able to make a powerful connect with your audience. Always make sure that your presentation has more visuals than text, and the visuals need to tell a story of their own. The more personalized the better!

Are Stock Images Dying From Presentations?

With everyone owning either a great camera phone or a solid DSLR, which captures magnificent shots, getting images that are as great as professional stock photos is not entirely impossible. But is it practical, and necessary while making presentations? Perhaps not. Yes, it’s true that people today connect with real time photography, greater depth of images and photos that tell a story, which is not in the least bit staged or artificial, but there remains a large portion of content that is only best supported by stock photos.
In reality, there is no cookie cutter answer to this question, as it really depends on the type of presentation, and the subject matter. For a more corporate presentation, certain stock images explain it better, and in a more neater way, as opposed to real time images that are generated from a personal collection. For example, if you are talking about sensex, or you have facts and data with tons of graphs and technical information, stock images would be your go-to for better demonstration. However, if your presentation is about social changes, cause driven developments or is a more internal matter that concerns a specific set of people or places, then images that are personalized are preferred over ones that look a little too artificial and professional.

When it comes to stock images in presentations, it boils down to 2 major factors:

  • A. The subject or the purpose of your presentation
  • B. The availability of quality images that can well represent your topic.
Ultimately, not all of us have the resources or the skill to get stunning and accurate shots that could mesh well with our content, hence relying on stock images is not always a bad idea, as there are plenty of options. Also, not all stock images are created equal, and it really becomes a matter of taste. One subject could have endless options, and it’s all about choosing the right one for your presentation. Keyword search also makes a huge difference, and spending quality time in searching for HD images is also required, if the presentation requires meticulous pictures that have never been seen before. Stock image brands are constantly revamping and curating images from skilled photographers the world over, and therefore, quality images that are well-taken are not hard to come by.
Stock images still have a large place in the world of presentations, and make life easy for those who may not have the time or resources for high quality photography or editing. Certain angles, lighting, editing and picturization say it better through such professional mediums, rather than our own phones or cameras.

How Should I Prepare For My First Presentation In Life

Let’s face it, giving presentations is anything but easy, especially if you are going into it for the FIRST time! You are bound to be nervous and unsure, but what if we laid out the solution for you through these easy sure-shot ways that will not only help you get rid of the jitterbugs, but will also help in organizing your thoughts and overall presentation? Read on and find out!
1. Understand your audience: Knowing your audience is the first step in preparing for your presentation. Do a little bit of background research on the people who will be present to hear you speak. Everything stems from this, as during and after the presentation you would connect with them, and therefore knowing their values and interests would go a long way in shaping a positive outcome for your presentation.
2. Analyze and define the purpose of your presentation: Why have you chosen this topic? What is the end objective? Is there a call to action that’s required? Are you trying to change minds or make a difference, or are you simply sharing your research on a particular subject? Ask yourself these questions and define the purpose. This will not only give you a clear frame of mind, but it will also boost your confidence levels before you present.
3. Have a clear introduction & conclusion: It is very important to set the tone of your presentation in the right direction, and it is also pivotal to have a uniformed and smooth conclusion. Once you are done framing your points on each slide, revisit the presentation and ensure that you have a thesis to begin with, and a summary of thoughts at the end. This will make you look extremely professional and well organized.
4. Practice before you present: This is a crucial point that cannot be stressed enough. Go through your presentation over and over again till you have it memorized like the back of your hand. The more you practice,the easier it will get, and you won’t feel as nervous or jittery before, or even during the presentation.
5. Keep easy to understand notes: A lot of people have the tendency to write detailed notes, but that only makes it complicated, as you would end up fumbling through the notes instead of actually reading them. Therefore, it is best to keep bullet points that encapsulate your thought, and are easy to read and understand while you are presenting.
6. Last, but not least, BREATHE, relax and take it easy: Yes, it is your FIRST presentation, but there are going to be many more, so you need to calm those nerves. Take a break if you are feeling overwhelmed, drink a cup of tea or coffee, get your thoughts together, sleep, meditate and go with the flow. As long as you have done your research, made proper notes, and practiced, you don’t need to worry about anything!

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