When I do my webinars, I end with a summary slide to help the audience members remember what I’ve said. A slide with a list of bullet points won’t work very well, because text doesn’t jog the memory. So I use a visual summary slide. Here’s an example.
Several people have asked me how to create this type of summary slide. Here are the steps:
Choose a slide that presents each of your main points. You probably shouldn’t have more than 5 or 6.
Take a screen shot of the slide that covers a square area. This means you’ll have to omit the edges of the slide. The reason for this is that PowerPoint will stretch or shrink the image to fit the circle; if you include the entire slide, the image will be distorted. You can press the Print Screen button, use Snip in Vista, or use a screen capture program like TechSmith’s SnagIt.
Save the screen capture as a JPG or PNG file in the same location as your presentation. If you use the Print Screen key, open Paint, which comes with Windows, paste, and then save.
Create your shapes. For this diagram, I used PowerPoint 2007’s SmartArt feature. I chose Insert tab> Illustrations group> Smart Art. In the Cycle category, I chose Radial Cycle.
If you need to add a circle on the circumference, click an outside circle and go to SmartArt Tools Design tab> Create Graphic group> Add Shape. To delete a shape, select it and press the Delete key.
Drag the corner handle and enlarge the diagram to cover the entire slide.
Choose a style from the SmartArt Styles group.
The diagram is meant for text, not images. (Some SmartArt types do take images.) To add flexibility, right-click the selected diagram and choose Group>Ungroup twice. That’s right, you need to do it twice.
Double-click the top circle to select it and display the Format tab. In the Shape Styles group, choose Shape Fill> Picture.
Navigate to your image and double-click it.
Continue with the rest of your circles until you’re done!