The Weekly Reid: The Best Strategic Planning Template

We waste so much time building slides. It hurts me to think about the countless hours my teams have spent over the years building and rebuilding the same basic slides over and over again. And here I am, Mr. Template (self proclaimed ...) doing nothing about it. Well those days are over. I spent the last two weeks under cover collecting and refining all my favorite strategic planning slides so we can all stop wasting so much time. 

I've assembled 40 of the strategic business slides I use most frequently. You can flip through a handful of them below to give you a sense for what's in the package, but keep in mind that is only a small sample. I've designed these templates so they're visually appealing but really easy to use and edit. Most of them use well designed PowerPoint tables instead of shapes which makes them way easier to use. Instead of spending 3 hours building a presentation for your boss next week, you can spend 15 minutes by using my slide templates. 

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If you want to learn a bit more about what's inside the template, I'll outline below.

I've probably built hundreds of strategy and business presentations over the years. I have evaluated hundreds more. And during that time, I've developed a set of slides I always use because they make sense and they work. 

Mission Slides (2 slide templates)

Its good to start every strategic presentation or plan with a reminder of the highest level mission. It provides an anchor point for all plans and strategies. In the strategic planning template, I’ve given a simple template and a visual template to communicate your mission.

Situational Analysis Slides (7 slide templates)

I start every strategic presentation with a review of the current situation. This can include analysis of internal factors like your team or budget as well as external factors like competitors and markets. Situational analysis slides are critical to setting proper context. You can't build an effective plan or presentation without at least one. In the strategic planning template, I’ve provided several slides to use when analyzing the current situation. 

Goals Slides (3 slide templates)

Once you have assessed the situation, you need to communicate your goals in a way that is specific and measurable. Goals are ultimately tied to your mission but should reflect the situational analysis you’ve just done. I’ve given you a few templates for communicating your goals.

Transformation Slides (4 slide templates)

Every company is transforming in some way. Every team is transforming. I find it very useful to use transformation slides in my business presentations. I've built a few of my favorites for you to use in the strategic planning template.

Strategic Initiatives Slides (3 slide templates)

In my experiences this is the most important section of a strategic plan or presentation. Once you’ve identified your goals and desired transformation, you need initiatives to get it done. In this section I’ve given you a few templates to communicate and describe your strategic initiatives in a compelling way.

Comparative Analysis Slides (4 slide templates)

In many business and strategy presentations you will need to compare markets, competitors, features and other attributes. I do it all the time. I've designed four of my favorite slides for comparisons and included in this template.

KPIs and Dashboard Slides (2 slide templates)

You can't have a strategic plan without some sort of measurement dashboard. I use the same basic dashboards in every plan I do and I've included two versions of it for you in this package.

Budget and Resources Slides (2 slide templates)

Most strategic plans need to contemplate resources and budget requirements. I created a couple of simple slide designs that embed excel sheets into them. This makes it way easier for you to edit and adjust based on your specific needs.

Execution Plan Slides (4 slide templates)

Once you've aligned everyone to your strategic and the key initiatives, you need to present a project plan and timeline. Most people spend too much time building these or they try to copy and past something from excel that is not legible. I've included 4 slide designs I use all the time when presenting my execution plans.

Decision Framework Slides (2 slide templates)

How often do you need to decide between two options? All the time, right? I've included a couple of slides I use when I need to get executive alignment or a key decision made between two reasonable options. 

Risks and Request Slides (4 slide templates)

Most good presentations end with a statement of risks and some requests for support or help. I've included 4 of my favorite templates for doing that. They should help you save time in future plans and presentations.

I hope this package is helpful for you and saves you a ton of time. Send me an email and let me know how it goes!

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