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What makes a great beautiful presentation?

You want to make great presentations that make an impact-and you've got less time than ever to get them done, or there are so many points you want to deliver, but somehow your audience didn't give you that much respondence, or didn't show that much interest. If that sounds familiar, you've come to the right place.

"Statisticians are not only good at data analytics, business insights, but also good at data presentation, data visulization!"            --LDD(Little Dumb Doctor)

1. Choose your content carefull (from Microsoft)

"The secret to being boring is to tell everything." - Voltaire

When you try to say everything, nothing gets noticed. Make choices and give your
important content room to breathe. When a page or graphic is overcrowded, it's hard to make anything stand out
. Being selective about what content to include is one of the best things you can do for your document.

2. A picture/graph is worth more than thousands of words!

If you compare the following graphs, one containing several paragraphs of explanation, the other containing two key charts. Which one is more easier for you to read and understand?

     
3. One slide, one focus!

If you are trying to put more than 2 key points on one chart/graph, then you just can't grab audience's attention. It's just too much to see at one time!

For the following graph, the person was trying to show the trend for a dozen of items, can you really see clearly for each one? If you really have to show in one graph, then at least use a secondary axis, and try to adjust each axis so they are easily separate. Or using some animation to show step by step: adding one at each time.

     

4. Remove extra stuff(grid lines, black background etc.), highlight your point.

If you compare the following two graphs, which one is more clear?


Some highly-recommended data visulization books
       

Acknowledgement: Thanks for the helpful tips from Cole Nussbaumer, manager for people analytics team at google, and compensatin insider blog.

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