Make your chart’s point CRYSTAL clear – visually & verbally [Video]

Neon sign saying “You’ll get it eventually”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.)


What do you think of this chart?Scroll to Contents ↓

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 ↑
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How to give great demos – with Andy Kriebel & Eva Murray [Video]

Close-up headshot of Andy Kriebel and Eva MurrayIf 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:

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Tableau trouble? Recent resources to the rescue! [Videos by @sqlbelle and @TableauTim]

Map of China in TableauHere’s what you’ll find in this post:

  • The trouble with Tableau
  • Help’s at hand!
  • Your turn
  • Also check out

    The case for TableauScroll to Contents ↑

    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.


    “Author” and “viewer” explainedScroll to Contents ↑

    As a presenter, your role when you use Tableau is likely to be as either:

    • an “author” – you build charts and other visualisations, then present them
    • a “viewer” – you purely present visualisations built by an author

    Either way, Tableau can become a core part of your toolkit:

    • As an author, you can even use Tableau as your presentation software
    • As a viewer, you can easily export visualisations from Tableau to PowerPoint


    The trouble with TableauScroll to Contents ↑

    But if you use Tableau, I’m betting you’ve had trouble understanding some parts of it. (I certainly have!)
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