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5 Techniques for Representing Complex Information on Your Presentation Slides… So Your Audience Can Actually Consume It – Part 3

 

Don’t say, “I know you can’t read this slide.”  Instead, consider this technique!

Technique #3

We’re at that point where you’ve considered techniques 1 & 2 (see earlier posts) and you just don’t think simplifying will work.

Then we need to transition into how we serve up the information.

If you need to go through multiple pieces of material, then the next thing to ask yourself is can you address each piece of information with a new slide – in other words, one idea per slide.

Tell the Story of the Data.

The slides below are based on slides from one of my clients.  The numbers and  industry has been changed to keep their information confidential.

What was cool about this client’s presentation and the reason I wanted to use it for illustration is that their numbers told a story, and we used this idea of one point per slide to illustrate the story with the data.

So we started with the good news – profits were up…

Let your data tell a story

…then moving quickly to what this audience cared about, the profit sharing.

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In the case of this client, there were some other numbers they reported – more positive numbers, then they needed to discuss what wasn’t going well.  Which would then lead into their area of focus for the coming year.

They talked through the numbers as they were presented.

Tell a story     Slide 68

 

Maybe that gives you an idea with the information you have to present – can you break it out so there’s one point per slide?

 

Technique #3 – Make One Point per Slide and Let Your Numbers Tell a Story

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