How to Create a Sleek-Looking Roadmap on PowerPoint

So this week, we’re going to focus on creating a PowerPoint slide for processes. Specifically, we’re going to make a sleek, awesome-looking roadmap on PowerPoint.

What are Road Maps?

In the simplest terms, roadmaps are high-level graphical illustrations of a process. The way it works is this: the roadmap is made up of a series of stages. Each stage is associated to a different task, activity, action or whatever. The main thing you have to keep in mind is that all of these ‘stages’ are associated to an end result.

In this PowerPoint slide in particular, the idea of the roadmap is to generally allow the audience to follow your trail from left to right. They use the combination of numbers, colors, and icons to associate the information to the stage of the road map. Don’t underestimate this technique, it’s really effective because it allows your audience to pace themselves as they absorb the amounts of information, one stage at a time.

So basically, let’s say you have a plan for world peace. Each stage of your roadmap will highlight how to achieve world peace, one step at a time.

Isn’t That a Timeline?

Yes and no. Timelines (usually) have one factor that roadmaps don’t, and that (of course) is time.  A roadmap tends to focus on the stages and the actions associated to these stages more than the timeline does. A timeline, on the other hand, associates those stages and activities to a specific time component, like a deadline or a milestone.

The PowerPoint Road Map Tutorial

Today, you’re going to learn how to:

  • Make a curved arrow on PowerPoint.
  • Use effective copy and paste techniques to formulate a roadmap of your choice on PowerPoint.
  • Use a combination of colors, shapes, icons and white space to allow your audience to interpret your PowerPoint slide more effectively.

Have fun with this one!

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah is a PowerPoint ninja that founded Slide Cow, a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he's not designing slides or giving presentations, he's on another coffee run.
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