A Workshop on Presentation Storytelling by Aayush Jain with Nasscom Foundation

NASSCOM Foundation is the social arm of the IT-BPM industry body, NASSCOM and works with the industry in achieving its goals of social transformation and impact through the IT-BPM industry body, NASSCOM and works with the industry in achieving goals of social transformation and impact through technology.

The Foundation is leveraging the capabilities of IT-BPM member companies of NASSCOM along with emerging social enterprises to meet the technology needs of not-for-profit and underserved communities across India with continuous support from the Government. The workshop was powered by TechSoup, which is a Nonprofit Tech marketplace, they enable low-cost tech for NGOs and Nasscom Foundation through their Indian Partnerships.

Felicitating the young businesses

It is believed by the community working for the welfare of the people that the availability of the right knowledge and tools could empower brands to achieve more with self capability.

During the pandemic, the NGOs struggled a lot in having effective marketing due to limited budgets, purely digital orientation, lack of good presentations and many other such issues.

Nasscom Foundation organizes numerous learning sessions with Industry experts and Subject Matter Experts in the areas to facilitate the growth of the NGO Ecosystem. Last week, a workshop was organized on similar lines involving Aayush Jain who is the Founder & Director of INK PPT, and a presentationist by profession.

Stories, Humans and Presentation

A magnetic workshop, concerning the whole presentation design and communication industry, was conducted. A 1.5 hours long session was attended by Students, NGO Founders & Consultants, Business Users, Entrepreneurs, and Digital Marketers. It involved numerous tips and tricks for acing the decks of a PPT and motivated many to focus more on their communication through efficient presentations. Aayush was able to offer a tremendous blend of theory and practical knowledge applicable in the corporates to the attendees of the workshop.

Attributes of a Successful Presentation

Clear

The language and wording of the presentation must be clear to the audience and must make them understand even through the first glance. He insisted on using minimum words and most of the visuals so that the attention span gets increased.

Memorable

You don’t want your audience to forget the points discussed during the presentation. You should make the presentations in such a way that every aspect easier to remember, either through infographics or any other medium.

Simple

You don’t have to try much experimenting with your deck. Try keeping one aspect per slide so that your audience is not confused in understanding the direction. Cramping so much content on a single slide will always create problems in numerous ways.

Emotional

If you can spark emotions after the presentation, this is a clear sign that your audience comprehended the content well. After completion, people carry back emotions more than anything else.

How to add life to your PPT Decks?

Keep it jargon-free 

There is no need to make your audience scratch their skulls, they are listening to you for getting more information rather than googling the jargon used during the presentation. Try using simple words wherever possible.

Ignore the first idea

The initial idea you get is in a raw state, and there are many more to come. During the workshop, it was suggested that you should ignore the initial draft and move on to develop something better.

Use Metaphors

Metaphors help us connect with the context and remember the aspects better. He suggested using photographs for associating certain characteristics with the general phenomena available to our clear sight.

Data Visualisation

Numbers are crucial for validating the claims and sharing the facts, presenting the same in form of charts, graphs etc. increases the grasping power of the audience to a large extent.

Panoramic Presentation

When the content is more and the intent is to showcase a continuity or an arrangement of processes, panoramic presentations become helpful

Quick Tips and Techniques you can follow right away

Presentations are capable of doing wonders and coming up with amazing results that seem unrealistic to people not familiar with the platform. The session covered many such tricks capable of enhancing the decks significantly.

Image Fragmentation

Fade Effect

Sunrise Effect

Morph

Where can you find the right resources to make your presentation shine?

Designing a presentation is one aspect and using numerous resources to perfect the one is another ball game. He suggests some free resources available online to be used by everyone without getting concerned about the IPR issues.

Unsplash has a fantastic library of pictures available free of cost. Users are allowed to download endless photos without any restrictions and even use them for commercial purposes.

Discover Template is the newly designed platform by INK PPT, which has best presentation templates, infographics, icons, animated gifs and many useful tools free of cost. Discover Template won’t even ask your email address for providing all of these high-quality resources.

Mixkit is a venture by Envato, you can find some useful stock videos for your marketing or any other purpose. They are adding new stuff every coming day.

Aayush shares a tremendous amount of industry insights and resources related to communication design and branding, and if users connect with him over this platform, then there would be a lot to learn without any obstruction. Click to connect with him.

4.07 OverallScore

4.3 Content Quality

4.36 Communication

4.2 New Learning

4.23 Usefulness

An event with a lot to offer

The virtual event was an interactive one with numerous questions asked and answered at the same time. The audience appreciated the honest effort in making people aware of the possibilities of presentation design and motivated many to make a better presentation moving forward. It was concluded as an overall high satisfactory session with engagements from more than 100 people looking to learn and experiment.

~ Ritesh Rastogi

The session was very useful for me and will help me to create better presentations in future. The best part is to create a hard effect in such an easy way with online free content. Thank you very much again for this webinar.

~ Sunita Sonthalia

For the first time, I liked the session like this, which is very interesting, to the point and gave us knowledge, otherwise, most of the sessions are only talking.

~ Angela Ann Philip

Thank you for conducting this orientation. I am slowly getting to know deeper about storytelling. This orientation has given me another level of clarity. Thank you, once again!:)

~ JOHN NIRMAL

It was very useful. New learning in the use of animation. Thank you so much.

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!

Emerging Trends in Business Presentations

Inclination of humankind towards story telling dates back to those ancient ages when story telling meant drawings on cave walls. With time, the society has evolved, the mode of telling story has evolved too. But the interest in telling stories as well as listening to interesting tales have never seen a dip. Irrespective of our ages, we are always attracted to a good story teller even today. And that might be the reason why world-famous brands like Nike, Apple or Google are known and appreciated for their great storytelling for each brands and products.

The importance of a good presentation in today’s business world is immense. Needless to say, what wonder a crisp, simple yet aesthetically appealing presentation can do to your brand today. The future of storytelling in business is going to evolve further in the coming years and the emerging trends in this area makes the future even brighter.

Trends in Business Presentation

10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint

Initially the presentation meant narrating in detail what one has to say. But one of the major trendsetters in business presentation, Kawasaki came up with the new rule of 10/20/30. Where he recommends that the presentations should not contain more than 10 slides and should end within 20 minutes. As this is the limit of information that people can absorb. Also he says the font size on a slide should be 30 so that it can be readable to even the oldest person in the room. This finally led to the importance of short, to-the-point, concrete presentation.

Simplistic Design in Presentation

It won’t be surprising if in the coming years PowerPoint stops being the most preferred tool for presentation. The present trend says that, people want more simplistic yet visually appealing presentation templates with more varieties than Microsoft PowerPoint provides. With the emergence of platforms like Haiku Deck that provides more non-design-pro yet aesthetically savvy templates on the web, new presentation software companies should be well aware of the emerging trends in this field.

Building Relationship with the Audience

Marketing is not about selling, it is all about building relationship with the customer, understanding their needs, providing solution and follow up activities. Similarly, today presentation has become more like a marketing activity than just telling a story. If you want your brand to generate a call-to-action you must come up with some follow up activities where you can connect with target audience. And here comes the importance for template sharing websites or blogs or eBooks which is majorly known as inbound marketing.

Emergence of Web Based Presentation

With the development of web based platforms it has become easier to approach larger number of audiences on real time. Further progress in augmented reality paves the way for its use in presentation approach for higher budget organization in order to interact with them in a much sophisticated way.

Undoubtedly, technology has made formal presentation easier as well as more appealing. But it is always useful to remember that no technology can replace YOU that is the presenter. Before incorporating any of the emerging technologies into your presentation, get your public speaking skills improved which requires rehearsing it again and again. Once you are comfortable with yourself on stage, choose the appropriate trend based on your need. At the end audience wants to see a good, understandable presentation by you, so it is always advisable to go by your ability than merely following the trends. And the key to become a successful presenter? Yes, it is still the hard-work and lots of practice.

Written By: Sudeshna Roy

Jack of All Failures; Master of Some

(A Caustic Take on Life: Please do not Read This)
You will never play like Messi or date Megan Fox, neither will you drive a Bugatti Veyron, or have more money than Warren Buffet. You will barely scrape through as another shrimp at the bottom of the lousy mediocre barrel, all through your life. Add to that, you will fail in exams, lose in arguments and generally be utterly invisible in the grand scheme of things.

You Sir/Madam and I are local sachets of ketchup, loitering deep inside the long forgotten crevices of ordinary fridges. In a world graced by wizards like Steve Jobs and Jimi Hendrix, we are as necessary as dandruff. The 100 likes on your display pictures, 30 lakh per annum salaries and Honda Civics’ in the garage are as average as the word “average”. So in effect, we are all… Jack of All Failures; Master of Some. Disgusted yet, embarrassed by a distinctively negligible existence?

If you Sir/Madam are still reading, there is a teeny tiny something that can give you that opportunity to have a memorial in your honour and your life celebrated as the feature article in the Time Magazine. That microscopic something is called “Chance”.

During this period of 70 odd years (if you die earlier, I don’t mind, creates better probability for the rest of us) you and I will get chances to gobble the Sun, drink the ocean and ski with the wind, chances that Alexander, Gandhi and Sachin got. These will appear out of nowhere, wanting to be missed, ignored, not looked at or explored. Grab these chances at gun point (take it literally),kidnap these slimy slippery bastards and keep them forever.

Do whatever it takes; vomit fire if required. You Sir/Madam have to be a crouching tiger, a hidden dragon. If you learn to recognize and grab these chances, you will never die. You will keep re appearing as an image on a stamp, a picture on a currency note, a quotation in a student’s essay, as the recorded voice of reason for future generations, in the last space craft that leaves this planet when it is time.

Learn how to “dance” with the “chance” and the “chance” will “break dance” with you till eternity.

Written by: Arnab Chakraborty