I never have to reinvent the wheel. And as a professional accountant, you can imagine how many different "wheels" I use every day! Profit & Loss statements, Balance Sheets, Cash Flow Forecasts, Time Sheets, Break_Even Analyses, Margin Calculations, Business Plans, etc, etc. When using your own prior work as a financial template, you get another benefit _ you are so familiar with the template that it takes you no time to figure out how to use it. And each time you refine it just a little bit more. So pretty soon your templates run like a Swiss watch! All the bugs have been worked out, you have tested it with many different clients and many different business scenarios and you know you have something you can depend on. Financial Templates as Tools _ For someone who is not a finance professional, financial templates serve a slightly different purpose. They still save time, of course, but they also provide a tool that person would have to pay someone else to develop.
In just a short amount of time, you've done the unthinkable. You've changed the way your company, your department or your team does business, and now the world has to know how you did this. I think it's time to do it again, and this time with a killer presentation. So, let's learn a little about how you can do this easily using PowerPoint Templates. PowerPoint templates are not just collections of slides with marble backgrounds and bullet points strewn everywhere. Instead, let's view them as presentation frameworks _ a framework with which you can build a beautiful presentation. That's all it has to be. Now, let's get started! Create your template library _ Your first step is to create your own template library, a library of PowerPoint documents that have presentation structures you like. This library can contain templates that you'll use when giving presentations that include lists, presentations that are meant to inspire, frameworks for very content heavy presentations, etc. All you need is a few frameworks that you can reuse whenever you have a presentation to give. A good way to start is to go back to all of your old presentations and create frameworks from those. Craft a plan _ There are a few ways to plan your presentation. Some people use sticky notes and arrange them on walls, some use simple word processing documents and arrange their slides in words first and all of these methods work. I'd like to suggest answering two questions before you plan your presentation slide by slide: "what does my audience want to hear?" and "what do I want my audience to think about after my presentation is over?". Use these questions to guide your outline and planning of the presentation.