Books Slideshow: Making Numbers Meaningful: 10 Ways to Improve Your Presentations

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-05-2012

Get Picky

Respect your audience's time and attention. Don't toss in a slew of unnecessary numbers.

Get Picky

Too Many Digits

Presenting numbers to the nearest penny is often unnecessary and distracts readers from the important figures.

Too Many Digits

Maintain White Space

An uncluttered look on the page makes for a cleaner presentation.

Maintain White Space

Your Presentation Is Not a Ransom Note

Don't use unusual fonts or visual tricks for no apparent reason.

Your Presentation Is Not a Ransom Note

No Squinting Allowed

Font size should be large enough so all figures are clear to all.

No Squinting Allowed

Establish Context

Use comparisons to give your data meaning and relevance to your audience.

Establish Context

Chronology Conscious

For date-dependent numbers, be consistent with whether you're going in forward or reverse chronological order.

Chronology Conscious

Ditch Alphabet Soup

Always avoid arcane acronyms.

Ditch Alphabet Soup

Consistency Pays

Setting templates saves time and creates consistent style across slides.

Consistency Pays

Document Everything

Knowing where your numbers come from helps you look informed and prepared before an audience.

Document Everything