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Monday, June 1, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

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In the last part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we explored the culture of presentation content management. In this part, we look at how proper training can help overcome many challenges.

Training provides a two-fold opportunity.

  1. First, it teaches the users how to use the new platform—click here, drag and drop there, etc.
  2. Second, training provides an opportunity to help your team embrace this new communication strategy called presentation management.

Training Starts the Conversation

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Thursday, May 14, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

A reader asked how they could create a custom Theme in PowerPoint and share it with others in their company.

Now, creating a Theme is a specialized art and although you can technically create a Theme or template, it’s not the same as commissioning a subject-matter expert to create one for you. Now that I have provided this caveat, let’s get to the part where you can create a Theme.

To create a custom Theme, you will have to start with a basic Theme such as the default Office Theme. This is applied when you choose the Blank Presentation option in the Presentation Gallery within PowerPoint, as can be seen in Figure 1, below.

Blank Presentation
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Thursday, May 14, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

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In the last part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we looked at how we can make our presentation content intelligent. In this part, we explore the culture of presentation management.

Change is hard, especially in a large organization. People are afraid of the unknown. The familiar is our security blanket. Knowing where we will be and what we will be doing tomorrow makes us feel safe. Any effort to change that, especially in our jobs–our livelihoods–will be resisted.

This is one of those strange ironies of life. Most of us know that change is imminent, and we still resist change. Here’s a famous quote about change.

Remember that the only constant in life is change.
– Gautama Buddha

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Monday, May 11, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Do you even need a presentation?

Yes, this is a question that needs to be asked before you create any presentation. And let us rephrase the question just a little:

Do you even need a presentation containing slides?

Many people just create slide-based presentations because everyone else does so. Here are some examples:

  • John in the cabin next door created a presentation about working remotely.
  • Cally from the European office delivered a presentation about prospective sales figures if your company focused more on a key growth area.

Both presentations had around twenty-something slides. Clearly, both John and Cally had spent quality time creating these decks.

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Friday, April 24, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

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In the last part of this Presentation Management series of posts, we looked at how better storytelling can make your content stand apart. In this part, we look at making your presentation content intelligent.

At first, presentation management might seem like taking PowerPoint and other files and putting them on a cloud with a few frills. But there’s another aspect of presentations that comes alive once they are managed in a cloud environment where they can be tracked.

Presentations throw off data. Every word and pixel is data. Every time a slide gets used, the data can tell us who used it, and where and how it was used. The data can tie sales presentations, for instance, to deals closed, which means the data could show which slides helped sell the most.

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