Sphere of Influence
This is a complex concept. The sphere of influence can actually either be the center circle or the encompassing outer circle. The outer ring implies that the segments and center circle are under the jurisdiction of a single body or idea. The core has arrows pointing to segments, implying that the core is affecting all the segments equally. There are variations containing from two to eight segments. All segments can be colored and formatted individually. Download the animated example for a possible animation scheme.
Customizing the Sphere of Influence Framework
Group the fields of the graphic and resize/rescale together. To rescale, hold the shift key down as you resize.
You can color all fields in this framework individually if you wish. Choose colors from your template's color palette or choose complementary colors.
PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 options
Not necessary to embellish this graphic with lots of formatting, although the drop shadows provide a nice effect.
3D is fine if you choose very shallow depths (3-6 point depths).
Shadows are a really nice touch, but don't use the shadows if you're using PowerPoint 2003. These shadows really date a presentation and make them look out of date.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
A gradient is nice with the "container" element of the framework. Pictures look really nice imported into the segments. You can then add overlaying text on the segments; set the text off with a glow or shadow so that it is distinct from the picture.
Simple reveals for the fields in this framework work best.