Turning Your Data into Eye-opening Stories


Data – a term used to classify the facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. Data science, as we know it, has been making ripples in every industry for almost a decade now. Yes, that means storytelling with data. Data Fuels Up Your Stories.

2018 63

A simple, 4-step guide to beautifully visualize data in your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

This especially makes sense when data comes into play. After all, data is just a bunch of facts or statistics that are collected together for reference and analysis. Too many people take data visualization for granted and almost always opt for the bare minimum approach.

2017 130

Once Upon A Data Point: Using Stories To Make Your Facts More Memorable

Professionally Speaking...

If you''re familiar with the character of Sherlock Holmes -- whether from literature, the BBC''s production starring Benedict Cumberbatch or the CBS series, Elementary -- you know that Sherlock is a data junkie. He gives meaning to the assorted bits of data he''s collected.

2014 199

3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data

Duarte Blog

They tell me about DATA as though it is something alive and vital. Delivering complex data to an audience isn’t always easy. The post 3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data appeared first on Duarte. Have you ever had lunch with a genius?

2017 91

Your Data Wants a Makeover

Duarte Blog

When handled correctly, complex scenarios and data can still be included while being transformed into something that is easily comprehensible to the average audience member. This “epic spreadsheet of numbers” is the data that Airslide received.

2010 84

Thought Leadership: Be Wary Of Relying On Media For Data

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Actually, the whole point of thought leadership is to present data which aren't easily available through other sources. A best practice, post-Rolling Stone flameout, is to keep the focus on ideas narrow.

2015 65

The quantified speaker: 6 kinds of speaker data to know about yourself

The Eloquent Woman

A practical way to advance your speaker skills also is often overlooked: Quantifying your performances as a speaker over time. Put another way, if you keep track of certain measures after each talk, you can compare your data over time and make changes as needed.

2016 65

A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

D – Data. Put the data into context to make it relevant for the audience. Here is a great presentation by Hans Rosling in which he takes enormous amounts of data and presents it in a way that the audience can understand. Practice getting comfortable both with and without a lectern. P – Preparation and practice. Practice is essential to becoming a better public speaker. Practice using inflection. A - Audience.

eLearn: Best Practices


Intellectual means appealing to educated self-interest with data and reasoned arguments. Date: 07/21/2009 04:06:26 Two webinar "addicts" took an irreverent and almost systematic look at webinar practice. 15 Tips for Webinars: How to Add Impact When You Present Online By Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE July 7, 2009 Whenever you open your mouth, whether youre talking to one person or a thousand, you usually want to get a specific message across.

LinkedIn: Content player, big time (probably figured out this direction from all its data)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It drew plenty of attention, including from the federal government, for all the labor data it collected and had available for analysis in real time.  LinkedIn started out as a no-nonsense (hold most of the photos) social networking site for professionals. 

Cheating by Charting. An excerpt from Spear’s Practical Charting Techniques

Duarte Blog

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It Used to Take Three Highly-Trained Professionals to Make a Presentation

Duarte Blog

No, this is not a newfangled book on presentations written this year, it’s the book “Practical Charting Techniques” written in 1969 by Mary Eleanor Spear, the statistician of governments and Presidents.

2009 82

PowerPoint Tip: Options for using Data from Excel on PowerPoint Slides – Part 2

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

While showing a table of numbers is one option for presenting this type of data, it is not the only option, nor is it the best option in many cases. Today I want to explain other best practices you can use to present numerical information from Excel. If you are showing a trend in some data or comparing a few figures, use a graph in PowerPoint instead of a table of numbers. Don’t feel that you have to re-type the data and risk making a mistake.

2010 45

PowerPoint Tip: Options for using Data from Excel on PowerPoint Slides – Part 1

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In a two-part series, I am going to share my best practices for using the information from our Excel analysis in a presentation. Next time, I’ll cover ways to use the data other than the copy and paste approach we’ll cover today. There is no link to the source data. This link does update your slide as data in the Excel sheet changes (you will be asked to update the data when you open the PowerPoint file).

2010 45

7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

Creating an interesting story line and developing an exciting topic complete with great examples, metaphors, and data comes naturally to some, but then taking the next step and forging that great content into a simple, easy-to-follow beginning, middle, and end structure is overlooked. The best speakers practice out loud at least three times before every presentation they give. The more you practice, the easier this becomes.

2014 171

Integrating Live Power BI Dashboards into PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

An important segment of our customers is interested in presenting business data and require professional visualizations for this task. Dashboard templates include several charts, cards and visual representations of data in a way that is easy present. Refreshing the data.

2016 207

The 7 things senior management need to know about effective presenting

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

3) Data dumps and bullet points don’t win hearts and minds: One of my clients called me in because, in a recent company conference, 4 directors presentations out of 7 were voted as poor, by the delegates. Data has it’s place and it appeals to the logical analytical parts of our brain but data on it’s on is not very exciting for most of us. Whenever a CEO or Senior Manager stands up to speak they have the opportunity to positively engage and influence.

The Left Brain PowerPoint

Beyond Bullet Points

The product of predominantly left-brain thinking is data and bullet points – information that is fixed, isolated, static, abstract and general.

2013 93

C-Level Presentation Tip #4: Beware of Too Much Detail

Professionally Speaking...

This series of tips will help you make a few tweaks to your presentation practices so you can successfully navigate through any C-Suite waters. Executive level presentations can seem like swimming in shark-infested seas, even for the intrepid business presenter. The risk of drowning is high.

2012 181

Use the 4 principles of meaningful communication

PowerPoint Tips

Being accurate doesn’t mean that you have to include every piece of data and content you can find about a topic. Practice! Prepare and practice so that you can deliver a meaningful presentation.

2013 223

How to Use an Empathy Map to Understand Your Audience


Use Relevant Research Data. You need something more concrete and in many cases, research data can help you out. You can make use of secondary data to understand your audience or even conduct a short survey.

2018 88

Trust So Broken: Medical Doctors in America

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Or, if the situation is  that serious they leave the state and get set up in medical practice in another.   According to data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, 200 medical doctors in Massachusetts had been in the loop for at least 5 malpractice incidents.

2019 52

A Case Story: Teradata | The Edge of Next

Duarte Blog

If you simply think “hardware” or “data warehouse” when you think of Teradata, you need to think again. 1 Analyze anything: Enables analytic users throughout the organization to use their preferred analytic tools and engines across data sources, at scale. #2

2017 57

C-Level Presentation Tip #6: Beware of Too Many Slides

Professionally Speaking...

presentation practices so you won't slide sideways in those executive presentations. Don't overwhelm them with data especially when you want them to make a decision.

2013 166

Group Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Take care that everyone's slides have a similar quantity of data or visuals on them. PRACTICE TOGETHER Without several group practice sessions, it will be very difficult for the presentation to appear seamless. Practice in front of colleagues to get objective opinions.

2010 183

6 presentation tips from a professional speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Practice, practice, practice… as much as you need to. If I plan to do something in the presentation, I practice it…I repeat this process until I can get through the entire talk without making major mistakes. Scott Berkun speaking at the Web2.0 Expo 2009.

How To Do a Proper Thesis Defense Using the Right PowerPoint Presentation


It also helps keep your data organized, while visually looking good and provides a flow structure for the rest of your presentation. In today’s article we will be giving you The Right PowerPoint Templates for Your Thesis Defense and a powerful outline composed of best practices and layouts are specifically designed to help you defend your thesis in both written and oral presentation. You have to study and practice how to effectively deliver your presentation.

2018 70

Find a Presentation Designer Here

Speaking about Presenting

Rick Altman is one of the few in the presentation community who blends presentation design, best practices, and software technique to serve his clients. An effective presentation is an equal partnership of data and emotional connection with the audience.

Design 260

The Top 3 Things that Stand Between Busy Professionals and Speech Preparation

DeFinis Communications

Additionally, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets, Americans spend 32.7 To successfully fit it in, practice in chunks. Assign a presentation skill to practice for each meeting. Remember that practice and preparation can be spread out and incorporated into other daily tasks and activities.

How To Choose the Color Scheme for a PowerPoint Presentation


The 60-30-10 rule is an interior design color scheme best practice, which adaptation to graphic design has become very popular. In graphics or charts, use colors to distinguish associations or data points or relationships between entities.

2018 63

Want your presentation to knock 'em dead? Use tips from comedy! Guest post by David Nihill

Speak Schmeak

Today’s generation want data delivered with a punch-line. They practice and so should you. Record and review all practice and rewrite what works best following Joke Structure. Practice at home presenting with a bottle in each hand. Never Run the Clock Practice your timing.

2014 237

An Executive Guide to Management Consulting


It is the organized practice of helping organizations improve their performance, usually in specific areas of operations. Perhaps research and data collection are necessary. Management consulting.

8 storytelling tips from my other blog

The Eloquent Woman

Using stories as a form of healthcare evaluation data: When you're looking for metrics, don't overlook individuals' stories as a form of data you can use to evaluate progress, with an example from a team of healthcare executives I coached to give TED-quality talks.

2015 100

Working with multi-speaker presentations

PowerPoint Tips

It’s a common practice to brand a presentation for the audience when you’re speaking for an outside organization that has strong branding. This was difficult, because many of them were images, not native charts–and the original data was too time-consuming to get.

2017 146

39 lies, myths, and mistaken notions speakers tell themselves

The Eloquent Woman

Really, the 39 items on this list are assumptions, but often, they're not backed up by data or evidence. If you do recognize these as your own thoughts, it might be time to investigate why you keep telling yourself these things, and whether there's data or evidence to the contrary.

2017 81

WVHDF Was Warned and Now Your Info May Have Been Stolen

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Please let your web people know that this goes against security best practices. Use CFTRY and CFCATCH along with some data validation so you can handle errors in the data that your users supply gracefully and before you get an error at the database itself. For those who are not aware of what the West Virginia Housing Development Fund is, they’re a program that works with lenders to help state residents achieve the dream of homeownership.

2015 125

The Introvert’s Ultimate Guide to Speaking Up in Meetings

Speaking about Presenting

Speaking up in meetings is also a valuable way to practice public speaking. If you don’t have to do formal presentations on a regular basis yet, or if you have few opportunities for formal presentations speaking up in meetings is also a way to practice and get more comfortable with speaking to a group. Speaking up in meetings is a useful thing to do both for your career and for your personal growth.

2018 150

How Communication Training Leads to Superstar Teams

Duarte Blog

I spent years working with customer experience analysts who were so good at analyzing numbers they could get lost in their own data. Your team of analysts is probably stacked with numerical geniuses who can slice and dice data. I’ve spent much of my life working in sales.

Lead 71

How To Create Online Courses


Traditional educational institutions are slower to move when it comes to offering “hot” curriculums based on the industry’s latest best practices. Application : Students should be given a chance to apply the new knowledge, practice and learn from mistakes.

2019 61

Putting things in threes: 2 great video examples from women speakers

The Eloquent Woman

But how does it work in practice--in real public speaking? We've talked before about why crafting your message in an outline of three points works so well.

2012 88

Can you convey your message without words?

Speak Schmeak

Words, facts, statistics, charts and data are not enough. This spot is only 30 seconds long. There's very little dialog. But you are instantly drawn emotionally into the story (only someone with a heart of stone could look at that little girl's expression and not feel something).

2013 195

What’s your design style?

PowerPoint Tips

To practice looking at presentations and other media with a designer’s eye. I nfographic: Initial purpose was to take a lot of data and make it easy to understand. Connie Malamed is an instructional designer and author.

Design 193

Design for quick changes–because changes always happen

PowerPoint Tips

The reason for this is to make it easier for you to change the underlying data and therefore the chart that displays on the slide. I show 3 methods of adding charts to PowerPoint that are based on Excel data in this YouTube playlist.

Design 178