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!

Role of Presentations in Start-up Journey

It is easy to dream big, have aspirations. But to live that dream requires a lot of effort. As it has been rightly said by Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, “Dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is something that does not let you sleep.

Similarly, the creation of a start-up is all about giving shapes to somebody’s dreams which resides in the mind of an entrepreneur and flourishes. But it becomes a reality only when he works on it. This job cannot be done by one person. When that one person is able to share his thoughts with others and plant the same seed of the dream into their minds, the vision is shared. They all work together towards improvising the idea and starts building on them. This whole process is not a single day job. Sometimes it takes few months and sometimes few years. The basic hurdle for creating a start-up is to stay focused and building on the dream which requires lot of determination. And once all these work out in favour, well we all know the stories about the journey of Google, Apple or Flipkart.

So where is the need for presentation in this whole journey? – one might wonder.

Well the answer is, it is required in each and every step one can think of. Here’s a quick list of the phases that an entrepreneur goes through in the initial phases which cannot be done away with, without proper presentations in today’s world.

Business Idea Deck

The first and foremost need of an entrepreneur is not only having an idea to work on but also to filter and process the idea till it becomes attractive enough. So in the initial days, an entrepreneur is required to prepare a presentation which consists of the important details of his business plan. The idea deck should be attractive enough to bring in more stakeholders which include co-founders, investors, employees and customers. If you are going to make a business idea deck, remember people like to hear stories. So build your presentation such that it tells the story of the journey a successful organization, only then your vision will become a shared dream of many. It is not easy but not impossible either!

Investor’s Pitch

Once you have the details of your story, make it more realistic by adding on more data. Investor’s will only give you money once they see potential returns in future. So the next task of an entrepreneur is to build on investor’s pitch deck. Majority of entrepreneurs create using PowerPoint, Prezi or Keynote to give a quick overview. The investor’s pitch must include the following:

  1. Introduction: Prepare a small introduction about your whole idea and introduce your team members and their role.

  2. Area of interest: Tell the investors what problem you are going to solve and how. This point is extremely important. Unless investors see a good amount of value proposition in your plan, they are unlikely to pump in money in your business.

  3. Product: Introduce your product or service. Tell them how your product is having an edge over others (if any) and in case it is a new product how it is going to solve the targeted problem.

  4. Traction and target market: Traction is having a measurable set of customers to show the potential of the product or service being offered. For this you should know the approximate size of your target market in order to prove the future sustainability of the product.

  5. Competition: What are the alternative solutions for the problem mentioned and what is the risk associated with the competition in the market. This makes your business proposal look more realistic once you know the associated risks and have a plan B.

  6. Business model: This is the most important part of the entire presentation. You must have a schedule for your business model showing the required budget for your plan as well as a revenue schedule to give a brief idea of when it will reach the break-even stage.

All this should be included in the presentation that you are preparing to sell your idea.

Market Research

This might be done before investor’s pitch or after it. A product or service is only successful when it has the customers. So you need to conduct a market research to know your target customer segment to know the demand for your product or service. This will require you to have a test market survey. Once you acquire the data, the interpretation is required. All information about market research should be presented in a precise form.

Product Catalogue

Next step is to describe your product or service. As mentioned earlier, it should be very clear in the presentation, how your product is going to solve the problem of a consumer. All other necessary details and attributes regarding your product should be included as well.

Sales and Client Deck

Sales deck is inclusive of the selling strategies and unique selling proposition for your product or service to be presented before your prospective clients. There is no standardized sales deck. It has to be customized according to the needs and expectations of customers. The tips here would be: highlight the attributes of your product/service/company but keep it sweet and simple.

Staff Trainings

In order to successfully market your brand, internal marketing should be done first i.e. train your employees. It is essential to train and motivate your employees enough so that they work towards the success of the organization. Without motivated workforce it is impossible to climb up the ladder in corporate world. In order to conduct effective staff trainings, role of explanatory presentations is vital as people are more visually influenced.

Corporate Presentations

Last but not the least, corporate presentations! Needless to say the importance of this one in the journey of a start-up. The survival of a start-up company depends upon the professionalism and competitiveness which is reflected in their corporate presentations, whether it is for a seminar, client, venture capitalist or another corporate. Corporate presentations are needed throughout the lifecycle of a business.

So in general tips for successful corporate presentation for a start-up would be

  • To keep a consistent look in the presentation to maintain professionalism

  • Get a hold of the key metrics before you give your presentation. Without valid data to support your idea, no presentation is going to work

  • Limit the number of slides. Remember, time is the most precious element in the busy world of corporate

  • Finally, never go unprepared

A company may cease to be a start-up as it reaches various milestones, but the need for presentation which is born with the idea of the business itself, never ceases to exist.

Concept by: Aayush Jain

Written by: Sudeshna Roy