When you share a chart, how do you help your audience instantly get your point?
Often, presenters and analysts make people work way too hard to get the point of a chart!
So in this post, you’ll find 3 specific tips to help you get your point across better. They’re inspired by a great 10-minute video by Donabel Santos, which I’ll share in a pair of shorter clips below. (Plus, you’ll find the full-length video at the end of the post.)
In this 10-second clip, you’ll see a very busy line chart, which the speaker will later do a makeover on. (She’s using Tableau, but you could do the same makeover in Excel, PowerPoint, or any other charting software.)
The chart shows how market share changed over time – for over 70 phone vendors:
To see more clearly, click the Full screen (⛶) button during playback.
(To exit full-screen mode, click the button again, or press Esc.)
In this post, we’ll step through the makeover shown in the full-length video. Whenever you do a chart makeover, I recommend you follow these 3 steps:Top ↑ Continue reading →
If you do demos at work or online, check out this fantastic video (below) from Andy Kriebel and Eva Murray.
In it, Eva shares lots of excellent tips for giving better demos, and Andy shows how clear and helpful a good demo can be.
Andy happens to be demoing software. But many of these tips apply to other demo types too. For instance, Eva shares a story (at 5:57) about learning ballroom dancing by seeing someone demonstrate the steps.
In this clip, you’ll find what I think are the best 8 minutes of advice on how you can give great demos. (Or, watch the 1-hour video this clip comes from.)
Eva starts by contrasting slide presentations (which tend to be slow and fairly easy to see) with demos (which are often fast-paced and hard to follow).
If you prefer, you can also scroll down to read a list of the tips…
Here are Eva’s tips, plus some discussion points (in italics). After you go to any of these sections of this post, you can click a time (mm:ss) to watch the relevant bit of the clip:
If you don’t yet use Tableau (or a similar data visualisation tool, such as Power BI), chances are high that you may well in future. As businesses become more data-driven, I’d say presenters will use tools like Tableau more and more.
For the last 10 years, I’ve been posting once a month (or more) on this blog.
Now, with 150 posts and almost 1,000,000 views under my belt, it feels like time for a change. That’s why from now on, I’ll post less often than before.
I’m still fascinated by public speaking, data visualisation, and business communication in general. And I believe people’s need for help and inspiration in those fields is just as great as ever. So I’m sure you’ll find new tips and videos shared here from time to time.
You could say:
“It’s not goodbye, it’s just au revoir”
So until the next time, all the best with your presentations. And as this blog’s header-image says:
Because fear of public speaking’s such a huge issue, any useful advice on it’s a great help – to speakers everywhere.
So I was delighted to find a really helpful video on that topic from speaking coach Alex Lyon.
In fact, Alex posted a pair of related videos in recent weeks.
In this post, I’ll focus on the 1st of those, which looks at ways your mindset can help to reduce your fear of public speaking. The 2nd video (which you’ll find at the end of this post) looks at ways your behaviour can help to lessen your nerves, too.
In the 1st video, I love how Alex starts:
“These tips will help you cut your anxiety in half” Alex Lyon, at 0:08
What a winning way to open! He doesn’t claim you can crush your nerves completely. And that distinction’s key to managing your fear – yet it’s all too easy to forget.