One of my biggest pet peeves with slides and data visualizations is ineffective titles. Consider this: in data visualization tools like Power BI, as soon as you drag a field like “Population” and a field like “Years” into a chart, it will automatically create a title for you like “Population by Year”. That kind of […]
Best Practices for Presentations and Handpicked Examples from Outstanding Speakers around the World
Text-heavy slides are attention-snappers. They instantly reduce attention to zero. Because audiences stop listening to you and start reading the screen. Philippa Leguen de Lacroix put it very well in her LinkedIn article: For every person, reading is like listening to a voice inside your head reading out-loud…[When] listening to themselves read, your audience will struggle
Data professionals have very strong opinions about pie charts. In fact, The Hidden Speaker has its own article explaining all the reasons why they make a poor choice of visualization. However, despite all that intense criticism, pie charts have still managed to become firmly entrenched in our presentation vocabulary. So the game-changing question is: when
The award for the most frequently-used, viscerally-despised chart of all time would probably go to…drum roll please…the pie chart. If you google “Why are pie charts bad” you will get an enormous diversity of articles ranging from “Some data on why pie graphs are bad” to “Pie Charts are the Worst” all the way to
Have you ever looked at a slide with so much information you weren’t sure where to start? We talked about this common pitfall in a previous post. It’s very easy to treat slides like a repository for notes or a substitute for a good outline. But remember: a good slide serves as visual support for
You have a bunch of numbers, an amazing analysis, and a check-in coming up with your boss. While it would be easy to create a short report, you want to go the extra mile and put together a creative visualization. What graph do you choose? A line graph, bar chart, histogram, box and whisker plot…
You have a deadline for a presentation coming up. Your boss wants you to show how finances this quarter compare to the last. The easiest thing to do is open Powerpoint, throw your numbers on a few slides, and call it a day. But your boss wasn’t happy with the last presentation done that way.
Your presentation is going really well. You have the audience engaged, hanging on to your every word … Until you put up the math equation slide. Then the eyes begin to wander. The feet begin to tap. And you can feel the energy just seep out of the room. What happened? Was it the equation?