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When it comes to displaying data in your presentation, use the five principles to present your data in the clearest possible way.

When it comes to displaying data in your presentation, use the five principles to present your data in the clearest possible way.

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  • 2. “Data slides are not really about the data.They are about the meaning of the data.”Nancy Duarte.
  • 3. principles to present your datain the clearest possible way.
  • 4. Tell the Truth.
  • 5. As a presenter, nothing commands like credibility.This is especially true when it comes to presentingdata.
  • 6. Which graph makesis easier to determineR&D’s travel expense?This 3D chart or thecharts below?Expenses by Department in MillionsData and Image Source: Slideology
  • 7. Get to the Point.
  • 8. You need to draw some kind of meaning from thedata so that you can effectively express thatmeaning to your audience.
  • 9. On this chart show sales growth and recovery.This chart was for Management to draw attention to the April.
  • 10. Image by Frantisek Kusovsky
  • 11. Image by Andrew Simpkins
  • 12. Pick the Right Tool.
  • 13. You’ll need to choose the most appropriate tool fordisplaying your data.The most frequently usedgraphs for business communications are pie, bar,and line graphs.
  • 14. Pie charts work only forshowing large differences inproportion, especiallypercentages.Image by André Oliveira
  • 15. Image by André Oliveira
  • 16. Bar charts are visually moreprecise than pie charts, andcan accommodate larger datasets.Image by Alex Pankratov
  • 17. Image by Jazmine Kohl
  • 18. Line graphs are used totrack changes over shortand long periods of time.Image by Kean Richmond
  • 19. Image by Graphorce
  • 20. Sometimes though, the best chart is no chart at all.If you only have one key message for your slide orthe big message is just a number.
  • 21. Image by MojoTech
  • 22. Image by Anton Egorov
  • 23. Image by Anton Egorov
  • 24. Image by London Media
  • 25. Highlight What’sImportant.
  • 26. Keep in mind that the purpose of slides is not toshow all the data, but to communicate conclusionsand insights.
  • 27. Think of a data chart in three layersThe background layer containselements like tick marks,scales, legends, and grid lines.The data plotted on the slide isusually pulled from a data table.The emphasis layer exists inthe foreground and clearlyhighlights the key messagefrom the data1.Background2.Data3.Emphasis
  • 28. Data and Image Source: Slideology
  • 29. Keep It Simple.
  • 30. Do your best to avoid all unnecessary visualdistractions and the message will come throughmuch clearer.
  • 31. Data and Image Source: Slideology
  • 32. Tell the TruthGet to the PointKeep It SimpleHighlight What’s ImportantPick the Right Tool
  • 33. Bipul Deb