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Anyone else have difficulty turning around slides in a short period of time (20-30 minutes, or an hour)? Sometimes I need to sit and think about how I want to visualize the information or need to look up examples...

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I have a repository of template decks (or decks I’ve seen that I really enjoyed) to leverage for easy graphics.

More importantly I straw man the deck with the story and high level concepts on the slide (boxes and arrows etc) so we can walk through and agree on storyline and key messages first. Visuals always come last as they are the easiest to adjust in those 30 minute ‘oh shit the SMD hates how the slide looks’ sessions. Plus having the story right makes the deck creating much easier.

I tend to start on a whiteboard :)

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Whiteboards ftw!

Ummm...there are TONS of resources to help you visualize and construct slide. Get yourself some of the trading the firm has to offer. Some self study some sign up. Develop yourself and it gets easier. If you upskill yourself you can crush work like never before. What is your performance and effort worth to you? Work life balance? FYI. I’m one of those resources that help you pitch to win so I know it’s possible. Could I do this 15 years ago when I joined the firm...no. But I can now and that’s all that matters

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Sooo Ive completely gone away from making actual slides as first drafts of a slide... I white board the layout / concepts we want to communicate and bring them up to working audience so that we can shift things / agree on approach before I take 30+ minutes on creating a compelling slide... I also now go by the rule of never making a slide that will only be seen / used for one meeting. That can likely be shown on a whiteboard / OneNote.

These two things save me SO MUCH TIME!

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It would help me if the text was minimal - recently had an agency client who wrote 3 page memos for every discussion!

Don’t people realize that we are all already drowning in information and live in a glut of text and non curated opinions all around us!

Speed comes with time. When you’ve seen so many different slides and ways to visualize certain peaces of information (systems, processes, dependencies, route-causes, roadmaps etc.), you become way faster. But for top noch slides, you still have to take your time.

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C2: *notch

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This post has got me wondering what everyone’s average time for completing slides is and/ or managers expectations of slide turnaround time by their underlings

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Just finishing up with a VP who constantly stressed to us NOT to create any slide on findings from the last month. Then we were wripped to shedders for not having slides done by thi morning

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Is this just me? Has anyone improved their speed? If so, how?

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Practice! Use the slide design packs and work on your storytelling. I start with understanding what the slide objective is and then work from there.
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Also, as you continue to progress you’ll work on a lot of similar things. It’s easier to tweak a 60% slide than make a new one. Build up your repository of reference decks and keep them organized so you can find what you need. Hit up other people for examples and check the kx.
Eventually you’ll get to a spot where you’ll have a slide that almost fits just about anything with some tweaks. Then you can spend more time on those outlier slides and actually building the story.

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Have a better list of examples to pull from. Ask if whoever is asking has something in mind as a format maybe?

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Draw them a pic of on pen and paper and have them approve. Or ask them to sketch out what they had in mind.

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Amazing advising!! Start with your end in mind - the vision / point you’re trying to make.. THEN you can get into the detail

All the old timers have decks to pull from. They are reusing and making small tweaks. New content that’s untested is time consuming. Just build your toolbox and you’ll become much faster. It’s all about recycling.

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I can spend a whole day fiddling around on a slide, and yet there are times when I can create a pretty amazing slide in under an hour (when it’s crunch time). Consultants who grow up in the firm are typically great at slides, but for someone who joined as an experienced hire, I have become pretty darn good. Time teaches all my friend ✌️

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Hi A7 - I’m ex-ACN also, and Deloitte after that. It was truly at Deloitte that I learned to make good slides. I guess the scrutiny I got at D plus the culture to have good slides forced me to learn. I would suggest a couple of things. 1) Ask around for timesaver decks. D did a much better job of making them available than ACN. Start using them and build from that. 2) Ask Analyst/Consultant levels in the local office who are the local BTA/C group leaders as they usually have local coaching sessions for staff on topics like creating slides. I probably learned more from my junior team members than from senior folks. 3) Try to learn how to create shapes and manipulate images/icons within PowerPoint. This will really help build your pptx skills. 4) May be worth downloading slide timesavers that are sold online to help jumpstart your learning. There are many including the following: youexec, slidemodel and many others. I have not purchased any from the above, but had looked recently to build my repository. You’ll start to see commonalities in the slide materials, and I can identify some slide designs that were heavily used in xyz consulting firm and have made their way into these slide deck repositories. 5) Read up and build your storytelling abilities. This has been one key area that has helped me develop my slides better, and is still an ongoing area of improvement for me. Hope this helps, and good luck!

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From my experience, slide making takes a long time because you don’t know the story of the slide. Fast slide making is about getting the story right first, and then designing and laying out is the easy part. As I’m building the slide, I imagine if I was presenting this slide to the client and I think about what visuals would best complement what I’m saying

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Depends on the slide. I joined post-MBA and I've never gotten as fast as possible who "came up through the firm" but it definitely gets faster with reps.

I can do easy slides in 20-30 minutes, but complex slides can take two hours.

It all really dependsends on the complexity of the layout, graphics, and information. Sometimes I spend an hour just to get the bullet points nailed for one slide. Other times I just throw down some words in five minutes.

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Youexec.com

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This legit?

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I save slides that I like that I know can be used to explain similar concepts in the future(ex: going from 2 buckets to 3And stuff like that). I also leverage the sample deck a lot to start my slides.

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1 slide per hour. Budget for that. It’ll improve over time, but push back when it deviates from this if you are just starting out.

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Think Cell is a great time saver tool and very helpful for waterfall charting

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Agreed ^^ waterfall charts, timelines, etc. done in a fraction of the time.

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Love PowerPoint. Customize your quick access tool bar and making slides is like creating music - piano is the key board. Start with a descriptive title and strap line. End the slide with a kicker with the so what.

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That’s us a generalization. I tell simple and co dice stories that don’t leave you thinking “what is the point”

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Similar to what people have said about “drawing it out” I usually dump all my thoughts on a slide in boxes - ugly as hell. When i see all the words / thoughts, I can start seeing how to bring the story together and then group and move boxes around til I see how to potentially structure the slide and keep iterating from there. Has helped me get faster

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Write info on blank deck, then Design ideas button before moving to company / client template. Come with content and let Microsoft design. Also office timeline add it for beautiful timeline slides.

Try it..trust me.

Still need to know info you are talking about, but it will transform into several beautiful options you can pick from.

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When it is really a shit show situation I rely on my “super deck” which is a templatized version of all the good slides I’ve made in the past. I’ve built this thing over the past few years and it comes in handy when you are in a bind. An easy way to jumpstart this is to ask for slides they’ve liked in the past. Bleach them of client content and reuse

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