I’m Naomi Walsh and I am a novice consultant. One of the challenges of breaking into consulting is presenting yourself as a professional. One way that I do this is to share timelines for projects that I am working on – they show that I am organized and prepared, and provide a visual planning aid for those with whom I am working.
Hot Tip – Office Timeline 2010: I recently found this free PowerPoint plug-in that incorporates an extremely easy to use timeline maker right into PowerPoint. It includes a wizard that walks you through, step-by-step, adding planning stages and milestones, creates a great-looking timeline, and then has options for tweaking the results. And, it’s free.
Office Timeline Once Installed in PowerPoint
The resulting timelines may be shared within a PowerPoint presentation or, as here, clipped and incorporated into other documents. The example timeline below took me less than five minutes to make. It shows the basic functionality, but you can get much more detailed.
Lesson Learned: Installation can take a few iterations. It took me over 20 minutes to get Office Timeline finally installed on my laptop as I needed to install two other items first. But, the install wizard walked me through the process each step of the way and that is the only challenge I’ve had with the program.
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