One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. Tony Robbins
When I worked in a jungle of matrix organization I had several bosses. Each of them was most important (of course) and had many urgent requests. That was good therapy for my “can do attitude”. To stay sane I started to study essentialism. As a result I created set of my own goals and objectives. Then started furiously follow my agenda and reduce energy non essential work (unavoidable, but manageable). The next challenge was that I lost my focus under pressure of emergencies. To avoid this I reviewed my goals every day in the morning.
Things get more complex when you need to communicate your agenda to your team.
There are many techniques of communicating your agenda to your team:
- list dates as bullet points and send it in email to the team
- create MS Project with dozens of task and put it on Sharepoint
- call a meeting and tell everyone what’s the plan
- …. list may go on
These never worked well for me. I believe that the message must have a bit of positive emotion. Just a bit. This could be a nice looking piece of content. I want to show you few my samples and encourage you to use them. You will realize that you can create even better ones.
What I like about PowerPoint is it is not only presentation tool. You can save a slide as PDF and then print a big poster. Remember to use PDF as output format. It will stay sharp no matter what page size you will print it on.
The other way I use PowerPoint is to create desktop wallpaper for my team with project schedule. I save a slide as png or jpeg file and my wallpaper is ready!
The design I used is a mix of flat formal-looking elements with some hand drawn sketches to make whole calendar a bit relaxed but not too much. This way agenda is nice to look at and will stand out among other stuff on the board.
Try to create your own versions. Let me know what do you think. Does it work for you?
Further articles on presentation graphics
For more inspiration on using visuals in your presentations, check out these articles as well:
- Making Visual Agenda
- How to visualize a concept – Strategy Illustration
- 3 diagram mistakes to avoid in slides design
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P.S. This is my first blog post. What do you think about it? Do you think the topic and the content makes sense? Thanks for getting to this point.