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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, PowerPoint presentations 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!

Inspire Presentation Making Principles From Relationships

A presentation is like a two-way conversation. It’s about YOU, as well as the audience in front, or around you. A lot of people consider presentations as just a one sided affair, where they deliver their expert knowledge in bullet points and move on, however that is not the suggested way, if you wish to connect with your audience beyond the podium, and if you intend to garner greater business opportunities post presentation. A good presentation is a lot like nurturing a personal relationship. It is all about getting your audience involved in what you’re talking about, getting their response in real time, and engaging them in ways that are more relatable and in sync with who they are!
Giving presentations is not as easy, and building a connect with the audience is quite a gamble, as you can never be too sure of what to expect. Knowing the subject to the core is essential to start with, but if those thoughts and points are not presented in an organized way, they can come across as vague and ambiguous, and can fail to make the impact you desire. Now, with that being said, there are certain factors that can help ease the process for you, and can ensure that you NOT only give a great presentation, but that it stems from a personalized approach, the kind that you have in your personal relationships!

Keeping it simple, just the way we like keeping our relationships

A simple approach towards a relationship is what lasts a lifetime, and making it complicated only lands us in trouble, right? Everyone wants to keep things light, and easy, and that is exactly how you should approach your presentation making skills. When giving a presentation, we tend to overdo it, without even realizing. But it is important to keep the information and overall presentation simple, and easy to understand. Remember, you’re talking to a varied audience, and not all of them will connect with every single aspect of what you are trying to say, so it is vital to keep things to the point, and easy to grasp in one go.

Nobody likes a complicated relationship, and similarly no one likes complicated designs!

Busy and super intense relationships with a lot of complications ends in disaster, and that is what happens when you overdo the design aspect of a presentation too. When it comes to design, the layout of your presentation, color schemes and visuals should all look coherent, and be easy on the eye. Extremely dark colors, or colors that are too loud would not work. Pastel shades, a lot more white, and appealing images that are not too ‘busy’ looking would convey a whole lot more than words alone, so keep simplicity at the core with a modern day appeal in design.

A relationship that inspires you, is what gets the ball rolling, and so is the case with your presentation too

A routine based relationship is boring and uninspiring. Whether it is a relationship with your best friend, or better half, you want to wake up feeling energized each day because of that person, and you feel inspired to take action that is in sync with your desires and ambitions. Similarly, presentations that inspire people are what leave an everlasting impression. Stats and figures are fine, but are there any key takeaways? Does your presentation evoke a certain thought? Is it for THEIR better? At the end of the day, we all need something to feel good about, and something that inspires us to do better and bigger things. Every presentation has a tone, and in most cases, the one with informal chemistry and empathy works every single time.

Every successful relationship breeds on relatability and stories that connect, and the same goes for a successful presentation as well

In all your personal relationships, you have stories to tell, memories to share, or relatable qualities to find a common ground with. So, why not take that approach in your presentation making principles? A good way to start off a presentation is with either a funny, lighthearted story, or you could share memories and instances that have an emotional connect, as that will pique everyone’s interest, and roll the ball in the right direction, besides of course, taking the pressure off!

Honesty is the key to a solid relationship, and this is the same key to a great presentation too

No matter how progressive the world around us gets, we all want relationships embedded in honesty and a sense of credibility. This factor also rings true for an impactful presentation. There is nothing more refreshing than a presenter who is honest, up front, and unique in his or her way. This always bridges that invisible gap between you and the audience, and makes them tune into what you have to say, as you automatically become more approachable and more akin to their outlook. 
Much like creating and nurturing a great relationship that is strong and based on the qualities you desire, every presentation must also resonate with the same attributes if you want to connect with your audience in ways that go beyond the 4 walls of the conference room. At the end of the day, your presentation should capture the interest, encourage a two way conversation, and should inspire confidence, besides developing a keen understanding of the topic or the topics you bring to the table. 

How To Prepare For Post-Presentations

Preparing a presentation and creating all those interesting and encapsulating slides is only half the battle won. It is in fact, only 50% of the job. The other 50% is what truly makes it or breaks it. What is the other 50%. you ask? The post-presentation. The closing speech, the audience response plan, the ability to handle the Q&A round, the overall engagement with the audience; all of these are what tie your presentation together and make it complete and successful.

Let’s break down the different points that will help you prepare well for post-presentations

1. Know Your Data In & Out: This may seem like a simple thing to do, but just knowing your data superficially is NOT enough. If there are certain debatable points in your presentation, then make sure you study and research around those points. Don’t go into your presentation with half-baked knowledge. Know both sides of the coin, and spend a lot of time going over and over your presentation. This is very important if the presentation has been put together by a fellow colleague or associate.
2. Create An Audience Response Plan: What points have the capability to trigger a response from your audience? What will pique their interest and get the conversations going? For example, if you state that your organization faced a lot of challenges and dipped in its profits in a particular year, but that you managed to turn things around, leave that point unelaborated. Chances are high that someone from the audience will ask you HOW you managed to turn things around. These are basic prompts that can get the audience to ask you numerous questions. This gives you a great opportunity to flaunt a greater and deeper understanding of what you have said during the presentation, and will go a long way in impressing the audience as well.
3. Give A Closing Speech: At the end of the presentation, it’s essential that you sum up your points with a closing speech. Abruptly ending with the last slide always leaves the audience in a jolt, and does not give you the desired outcome. Therefore, always give the closing points, and finish the presentation in a smooth way, as that will tie everything together in a uniformed and articulate way.
4. Give Yourself Enough Time To Engage With The Audience: In other words, don’t rush through at the end, as it always leaves an unsatisfied audience. Treat your presentation like a two-way dialogue, where you state certain facts, but also engage with the audience in a meaningful and interesting way. Ask the audience some questions, know their thoughts about a particular topic, and at the end, turn it into a robust conversation. By doing so, you will close the presentation on a high note, and will also create your desired impact. 
5. Give Handouts: The best way to come across as being thoroughly prepared is to end the presentation with an informative handout for everyone in the room. This helps your audience in recalling everything you had to say, and also makes you look extremely professional, organized and consistent. The handouts do not have to be too wordy, and can be a quick summary of all that was said by you, and can also have your contact information at the end, if someone wishes to get in touch or collaborate for business ventures and ideas.

A good presenter is the one who handles the post-presentation part with ease and confidence, and with these tips, you will definitely make a mark with your audience, regardless of how big or small it might be. Remember to always listen to the audience carefully, know your data through and through, and be concise and clear in your responses. You will not only have a winning post-presentation, but will gain a lot of confidence for every presentation you give from here on. 

How Organisations Can Build a Culture of Good Presentations

Who doesn’t love a beautiful, well-crafted and graphically-rich presentation? We all do, right? A great presentation can immediately light up a room, uplift your mood, and motivate you to perform better. However, good presentation skills are hard to find, but not hard to cultivate. If we build a culture of good presentations in our organisations, our productivity can instantly go for an upswing. But how do we cultivate an organisation culture that thrives on great presentations? This is exactly what we’re going to talk about in this article.

Typical resistance within large organizations

Whenever we have spoken to any established Fortune 1000 organization on Do you have a professional presentation culture within your organization?, many of them have given us responses which reflect their resistance to change or an old style of working.
We have a design team – We have an in-house team comprising 15 people and many of them also know PowerPoint & can craft good PPTs for us so it solves our purpose.
I will do it my way – Sales managers of some large MNCs are extremely resistant to change their typical age old style of making a presentation. If questioned, they have the power to obtain special approvals from the top bosses.
Lack of sensitization – Companies neither spread awareness, training or campaigns to sensitize employees nor motivate them to make good decks, everytime they do it.
No Mandate from Management – Many employees comply only to the mandates which come from the top management and if the top leadership is not sensitive towards this idea, its hard for companies to be aligned as well.
Dependency on internal team – We are not comfortable sharing our details outside and hence we will design in-house, whatever we can.
Effort v/s outcome –  Many short-sighted teams do not look at the bigger picture or long term impact and hence cannot comprehend the impact of good presentations.
No Budgets –We often hear this response where teams highlight the fact that they do not have budgets to spend anything in this direction.
It is an expense affair – Organizations still see this as an expense or a cost overhead rather than accepting it as a norm to have beautiful presentations for meaningful conversation & right absorption of the information.
In-Flight Attitude – Many people keep presentations typically as a last thing for the day or an in-flight activity just before the meeting making it impossible to create a visually compelling presentation.
Keeping organization perspectives in mind, we devised a strategy that can really help large organizations develop a deeply ingrained good presentation culture within the system, where presentations as a subject will be better understood as an effective communication mechanism rather than a NOT-SO-NECESSARY design act only.

How to Cultivate a Culture of Good Presentations

The entire process can be summed up into 4 stages. These are the four stages of creating a presentation culture in your organisation:

Stage 1: Attention (Finding Low Hanging Fruits)

At this stage, we want to get attention of the huge team we have and find people who are actually interested in what we have to talk about.
Plan a Research – Conduct an internal research by interviewing the Sales and marketing representatives from your organisation.
Get the findings out – Try get a sense of how presentations are being used the part of their usual working process. Give them a comprehensive questionnaire to fill out in order to identify their key challenges and issues. The idea here is to have complete clarity of their work journeys.
Analyze the results – When you analyse their work journey from this perspective, you are bound to unearth some common interfaces where presentations are a mandatory tool for communication & discover issues which people face while developing them or in their effectiveness.
Plan a pilot – Once the attention is drawn towards an issue, a proposal to conduct a pilot exercise can be carried out with a small test user group (Around 2 people). A pilot will act as a true internal story which can be used to motivate others. Since, the group is small, impact is measurable & agile methodology can be deployed.

Stage 2: Interest (Lead by Example)

After developing a case study out of the previous exercise, it’s important to get everybody on board, and on the same page regarding the presentation culture.
Start Sensitizing Larger Groups – The next phase is to spread awareness. Sensitizing all employees on the need for a good presentation culture is utmost before beginning the change. Presentation enhancement can only be experienced first hand in order to feel the difference.
Market the success case – Make the difference visible in the outcome analysis of the case study, that managers, consultant will be genuinely interested in creating wonderful presentations that tell a compelling story. For this, it needs to be marketed right to the entire sales team
Provide opportunity to a limited group – Spreading awareness about how a good PPT can change the course of your sales pitch and its outcome, many professionals will feel the need to learn good presentation skills. For them, an upcoming learning series can be announced, the contents of which can be surveyed to find out areas that need intervention, and hence should be included in the course. Offer the trainings to a smaller group only instead of rolling out the organization wide plan
Train them on Purpose instead of Skills – 
Managers must be trained on creating presentations that truly work, and not just copy-pasting highlights on a slideshow.
Once they know that presentation was something they were missing out for long, they will find ways to improve skills through self-learning or will participate actively in the initiatives being rolled out for them. Do not expect everyone to be with you at this stage.

Stage 3: Desire (Teaching How to Fish)

Developing E-Roadmap – A digital learning path must be defined with 4 to 8 weeks of self help tracks that employees can access through a digital courseware.
Byte-Sized Learning – Offer e-books on tips and tricks for great presentations, and share best practices through an emailer series.
Advocate & bring in the Policy Mandate- A presentation mandate is equally important to measure the effectiveness of the learning. Set guidelines for design team, modernize templates, and define dos and don’ts for everyone to follow while making a presentation.
Recognize & Reward – To reward good efforts, a Presentation Champs Hunt can be rolled out or Internal Presentation Awards can be organised.

Stage 4: Action (Practice leads to perfection)

It’s easy to learn something new in theory, but actually putting your learning to practice requires more effort. Maintaining continuity once this culture is created is also a humongous task.
Updating the courseware – Not everyone in the organization needs same level of presentation skills. So, Curriculum must be created updated from time to time, as per advancements in technology.
Make it the part of Induction – New joinee engagement is another area which needs to be taken care of.
To make it a success, your presentation culture must be an ongoing learning experience. Simply putting it into a document and rolling it out on papers won’t help. Active engagement, regular updates and innovations will make it a truly worthwhile experience for your employees, and spell success for your organisation. We are happy to help you in rolling out this campaign successfully within your organization to help you achieve your true potential.