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For the past 2 years, LearnPPT has been creating and selling quality business documents. These ranged from Business Frameworks to PowerPoint Templates. It has proven to be a successful business model — as there is a tangible demand for these products. We’ve had customers from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies to non-profits in over 45 countries.

Now, you, too, can sell your business documents. Check out the latest venture we’ve been collaborating on –

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FlevyFlevy is a marketplace for selling business documents. We are in pre-launch and actively inviting business professionals like yourself.

Think about all the tools you have created to make your job easier. List them on Flevy. We will do the marketing, we will drive the sales. There’s no reason to let your IP collect dust when it can be making you perpetual income.

Registration just opened up a couple days ago!

Here’s a great collection of PowerPoint diagrams, templates, and charts (over 20 in all) you can add to your arsenal.  It’s the 2011 Holiday Gift from LearnPPT.  Download it below for free.

Here’s a screenshot of what’s included:

And, if you haven’t yet, be sure to also download the Basic PowerPoint Toolkit.  This is another free download and includes 15+ slides of PowerPoint diagrams, shapes, templates, charts, tables, and icons.

For pre-made PowerPoint diagrams used in business presentations and other powerpointing needs, browse our library here: learnppt.com/powerpoint/.  These diagrams were professionally designed by management consultants. Give your presentations the look and feel of a final product made by McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Booz Allen, Deloitte, or any of the top consulting firms.

 

Through this Sunday, learnPPT is having a promo for the Cost Reduction Toolkit.  This detailed document identifies over 45+ cost cutting initiatives across the Value Chain.  For each initiative, examples are provided, along with projected potential savings.

The Cost Management opportunities are broken down into the areas of:

  • Enterprise-wide - These opportunities are cross-functional, meaning they can affect multiple functions within an organization.  The impact is largely to SG&A costs.
  • Asset Management - These opportunities target the improvement of fixed assets efficiency and decreasing net working capital.  The impact is largely capital efficiency.
  • Function-specific - Opportunities in this category are specific to primary and support functional activities.  These are operational and transactional in nature.

This toolkit also explains the levers and challenges to profitability, as well as the formula identifying cost reduction opportunities.

Here’s a partial preview of the PowerPoint presentation.

Questions, thoughts, concerns?  Go to my site (learnppt.com) and shoot me an email.

For pre-made PowerPoint diagrams used in business presentations and other powerpointing needs, browse our library here: learnppt.com/powerpoint/.  These diagrams were professionally designed by management consultants. Give your presentations the look and feel of a final product made by McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Booz Allen, Deloitte, or any of the top consulting firms.

The time and effort it takes to create a professional business presentation may not seem economical.  For instance, management consultants, paid $1000+ a day, spend a majority of their time cranking our PowerPoint presentations.  Though clients would rather have their consultants spend this time doing research and more analytical work, we all recognize the necessity of solid presentations to effectively communicate gained insights and recommendations.  The same issue holds true for managers, executives, and well paid analysts.

To help alleviate the economic resource burden of creating presentations, McKinsey established a Visual Graphics group for the sole purpose of cranking out presentations for its consulting arm.  McKinsey management consultants would draw out slides on paper, scan and send them to Visual Graphics.  Visual Graphics would then convert the scanned images into PowerPoint slides.

While you or your organization may not currently have a PowerPoint conversion team like McKinsey, now you can with LearnPPT’s new presentation services offering.  Check it out here:

Presentation Serviceshttp://learnppt.com/presentation-services.php

Draw and email your slides to LearnPPT and they will convert it to PowerPoint slide format within 1 business day.  They have a team of experienced PowerPoint presentation experts–in fact, hired directly from McKinsey’s Visual Graphic organization.

View their site to see samples and a break down other related presentation services.

 

I am excited to announce the 2nd version of Become a PowerPoint Guru was released this morning.  What started as just a PowerPoint eBook, ‘Become a PowerPoint Guru’ has grown to be much more than that, since it now includes 2 very useful PowerPoint documents: the Business Slides Reference Pack and the eBook PowerPoint Toolkit.

The book itself discusses the techniques developed and used by strategy consulting firms to create effective business presentations using PowerPoint.  Many of the diagramming techniques have been highlighted in tutorials on this blog.  But, beyond just diagramming, the book teaches storyboarding, i.e. the art of weaving a compelling story through the presentation.  Topics here include Barbara Minto’s Pyramid Principle, MECE, and others; many, of which, are taught in top MBA programs, including the likes of Harvard and Stanford.

The Business Slides Reference Pack (preview here) contains 60+ slides taken directly from executive presentations made by management consultants.  The original audience range from execs of medium sized businesses up to Fortune 50 companies and cover a variety of different types of slide content, PowerPoint diagrams usages, and powerpointing techniques.  You won’t be able to find any other download similar to this offered on any other site.

The eBook PowerPoint Toolkit (preview here) is a comprehensive collection of ready to use, customizable PowerPoint templates.  This was included in the original book, but with the 2nd edition’s release, this document has already been expanded to include additional PowerPoint diagrams.

As this entry’s subject boldly proclaims, this is the only business presentation book you will ever need.  The book’s content arms you with the knowledge and the accompanying PowerPoint decks arm you with additional tools to supplement that knowledge.  Check it out @ http://learnppt.com.

Strategy in business is about winning and so, any successful business needs to have a well defined, executable strategy.  Unsurprisingly, from both sales trends and customer feedback, at learnppt.com, we have found ourselves adding more and more products around this topic of business strategy.

This weekend, I took the time to compile all of our toolkits and frameworks related to business and strategy.  Browse it here:
Business Strategy

Some of the topics discussed you will find include Growth Strategy, Marketing Strategy, and Management Strategy.

Our most recent PowerPoint in this domain teaches you how organizations can inject Creative Thinking into their Strategy Development processes:
Creative Thinking in Strategy Development
This document discusses the 3 enablers to creativity in strategy formulation:

  • Ensuring the right “conditions” are in place
  • Pushing the limits of conventional thinking
  • Leveraging the power of collaborative thinking

Got a request in PowerPoint product of blog post topic?  Leave a comment or shoot me an email.

Cheers!

Whether this is your first time stumbling across here or you’re a long time subscriber, thank you for reading my blog!  Via comment or email, I always appreciate any feedback you have on what I post.  I want to make sure any articles I post are relevant to my readers’ interests and that you find it both insightful and useful.

Since its launch (earlier this year), this blog has been the largest contributor of traffic referral to my PowerPoint products site, www.learnppt.com.  I’ve received more hits from this blog than from Google and from my numerous Adword campaigns.

As a token of my appreciation, here is an exclusive coupon for 25% off at learnppt.com.  The coupon applies to both the eBook and all the PowerPoint products (e.g. diagram packs, business frameworks, icon packs).

Coupon Linkhttp://learnppt.com/powerpoint/?promo=pptblog112010

BTW, there is a limited number of times this coupon code can be used before all the coupons are used up.  At that time, I will try to update this post with a notification that this promotion has ended.

 

In any corporate engagement, it is invaluable to have clearly defined Project Charter.  This charter helps provide focus and direction.  It is the team’s blueprint for success!

The Project Charter has 5 primary objectives:

  1. Provide an overview summary of the project, including high-level background.
  2. Outline the team’s approach to executing this project.
  3. Aid in selecting participants.
  4. Identify team members, clarifies roles, and their responsibilities.
  5. List specific deliverables and milestones.

To achieve these goals, your typical Charter consists 8 areas:

  • Objectives – Definitely lay out the project’s core objectives that the team is set to accomplish.  These objectives should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound) where possible.
  • In Scope – State what is in scope.
  • Out of Scope – Equally as important, state what is out of the project’s scope of work.
  • Key Activities — Outline the major steps the team will need to take.
  • Deliverables — Delineate the tangible work products the team will deliver to accomplish its objectives.
  • Sponsor — Specify the executive sponsor member who will be responsible for resolving major issues and provide direction when needed.  Escalation procedures should involve the sponsor.
  • Resources — List the members of the organization that will be supporting the project.  Include external resources, such as hired consultants, if needed.
  • CSFs (Critical Success Factors) — Define the elements which need to be fulfilled in order to realize the deliverables.  These should be quantifiable where possible.  To learn more about defining CSFs, check out this product.  These are also referred to as Key Success Factors.

A PowerPoint template of a Project Charter is displayed below.  It is created by piecing together tables in PowerPoint.  Remember, to resize table edges to the pixel, hold down the ALT key as you drag the edge.

For your inconvenience, you can also download this template from learnppt (http://learnppt.com/downloads/project_charter/).


Along with the Charter, there is usually a detailed Gantt chart that breaks down the Key Activities section of the Charter.  The Gantt chart adds a timing component to each activity and offers a visual illustrating dependencies across activities and work streams.  We have PowerPoint Diagrams Pack with various Gantt charts, calendars, meeting schedules, and other timeline diagrams at learnppt.com as well:
http://learnppt.com/powerpoint/23_Gantt-Charts%2C-Schedules%2C-and-Calendars.php

You can download a free PowerPoint plugin called Flevy Tools that creates Gantt charts, among other commonly used project management diagrams here: http://flevy.com/powerpoint-plugin.  For the time being, it’s a completely free download.

Questions, thoughts, concerns?  Go to my site (learnppt.com) and shoot me an email.  On my site, you will find information about my recent eBook, Become a PowerPoint Guru, which teaches how to create effective business presentations (from structuring your story to designing your diagrams).

For pre-made PowerPoint diagrams used in business presentations, browse our library here: learnppt.com/powerpoint/.  These diagrams were professionally designed by management consultants. Give your presentations the look and feel of a final product made by McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Booz Allen, Deloitte, or any of the top consulting firms.

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The “Crawl Walk Run” approach is a great way for executives to frame and communicate change.  This is particularly useful and most relevant to organizations growing from mid-size to enterprise.

During this transition, organizations need to create scalable processes, implement enterprise-wide systems, and potentially redefine their organizational structure.  When faced with a lot of changes, it is important to prioritize them in a way that an organization can understand and execute against.

To do this, executives often structure changes under the Crawl Walk Run framework, where

  • Crawl changes are immediate quick wins.  They can be implemented easily and lay the groundwork for bigger, more impactful changes down the road.
  • Walk changes are near-term.  These have a longer time frame than the Crawl changes.  These may included process changes, easy IT upgrades, or headcount changes.
  • Run changes are long-term objectives.  In the Run state, an organization will embrace world class leading practices.  These changes may include an ERP implementation, a organizational restructure, or adoption of an outsourcing model.

As one would suspect, there are standard Crawl Walk Run diagrams used in PowerPoint presentations.  On an initial slide, the Crawl Walk Run framework is presented with a high level descriptions capturing each of the Crawl, Walk, and Run stages.  Then, successive slides dive deeper into each stage, breaking down the specific changes and target time frames for completion.


You can find Crawl Walk Run diagrams and templates at LearnPPT.
http://learnppt.com/powerpoint/21_MiniPack—Crawl-Walk-Run.php

There are also many variations to this rudimentary framework to illustrate different levels of change and progress, including:

  • Crawl, Walk, Run, Sprint!
  • Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly!
  • Crawl, Creep, Walk, Run

This article was written by David Tracy.

Questions, thoughts, concerns?  Go to my site (learnppt.com) and shoot me an email.

For pre-made PowerPoint diagrams used in business presentations, browse our library here: learnppt.com/powerpoint/.  These diagrams were professionally designed by management consultants. Give your presentations the look and feel of a final product made by McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Booz Allen, Deloitte, or any of the top consulting firms.

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