When it comes to designing strategy playbooks, you might not immediately think of Microsoft PowerPoint as your go-to design too. But it’s time to reconsider: PowerPoint can transform your pages into an educational, engaging and interactive playbook.
So why Playbooks in PowerPoint?
PowerPoint is widely known for creating slideshows and presentations. Yet with interactivity and editability, PowerPoint is a viable choice for playbooks too.
- Ease of Use: PowerPoint is user-friendly, even for those who aren’t design experts. Content is simple to insert and arrange exactly how you want it.
- Customisation: It’s incredibly flexible. You can tailor your playbook to your specific needs, whether it’s a business strategy guide, or an educational resource.
- Visual Appeal: PowerPoint allows you to incorporate images, charts, and graphics seamlessly. Visual cues can be a game-changer in making your playbook engaging and easy to understand.
- Shareability: PowerPoint files can be easily shared and viewed across various devices and platforms, as well as being easy to host on websites (via an HTML5 conversion), making collaboration and distribution a breeze.
- Interactivity: Hyperlinks, triggered animation, quiz questions, content off-screen that slides in, discoverability, exploration – all features that boost the engagement value of a playbook, that PowerPoint can handle easily.
The Skill of our Designers
Designing playbooks in PowerPoint isn’t just about dumping information onto slides; it’s about crafting a comprehensive, visually appealing, and effective guide. Our designers have the skills to take your playbook from mediocre to magnificent:
- Organisation is Key: Information should be organised logically. It’s worthwhile using planning time to divide into sections, chapters, and to put all content in a logical order. A well-organised playbook is easier to navigate and understand. Indeed, navigation elements can be included in PowerPoint to show the user the progress they are making through the book.
- Visual Consistency: Consistency in design elements is crucial. Our designers follow your colour scheme, fonts, and layout style to align with your brand or the theme of your playbook. Consistency helps create a cohesive and professional look.
- Graphics and Diagrams: Visual aids are your best friends. We use diagrams, charts, and images to illustrate key points. For example, a flowchart can represent a process more effectively than paragraphs of text.
- Engaging Multimedia: Don’t underestimate the power of multimedia. Embed videos, audio clips, or interactive elements where necessary. A short video demonstration or a recorded presentation in a business playbook can make a huge difference in comprehension.
- Effective Storytelling: Every playbook has a story to tell, whether it’s about how to score a touchdown or how to win in the market. Craft your content in a narrative style that keeps the reader engaged. Use storytelling techniques to convey the importance and context of the information.
- Iterative Design: Playbooks in PowerPoint need to be editable. It’s often an iterative process as your team and colleagues may need (or want) to contribute. PowerPoint’s easy editing capabilities make it simple to update and refine your playbook as needed. And whilst we don’t like using PowerPoint online – for colloborative text changes, it can be just the ticket.
View one of our playbooks in PowerPoint
We enjoy using PowerPoint as a tool for creating impactful playbooks. With our design skills, we can turn a basic presentation into a powerhouse playbook. Here’s a short selection of slides from one of the playbooks we worked on recently.
More playbooks can be found if you email us to ask.
Or you can view our collection of animations and other PowerPoint projects on our vimeo page.