Author: Danny Rocks
Danny Rocks is a speaker, a trainer and an author. He has published five DVDs designed to help users get the most out of Microsoft Office programs.
This article started from a blog post by Geetesh Bajaj on how people start using PowerPoint like an extension of Word or Excel. Danny wrote this article to provide tips on displaying numbers more effectively on your PowerPoint slides.
When presenting financial results on a PowerPoint slide, do not overwhelm your audience. Use the power of your numbers to support your conclusions. Do not make the mistake of thinking that “the numbers speak for themselves.” They do not! Do not allow your numbers-filled slide deck to overshadow you, the presenter.
Your audience came to listen to you; to hear your opinions and conclusions; and to see the trends that you have discovered during your analysis. Use the power of your numbers strategically during your presentation. Reveal your numbers point by point as you direct the discussion of the meaning of the numbers. Displaying lots of numbers on a slide is boring and mind-numbing for the audience. Discussing the meaning of the numbers engages your audience. Don’t allow numbers to be passively displayed on the screen. Bring your numbers to life; give them meaning. Animate your charts to liven up your presentation!
Here are five tips to help you to effectively present numbers during your presentation:
Always remember that when you are in the front of the room, you are the presentation. Design your presentation so that the numbers enhance the quality of your presentation. Do not allow numbers to overwhelm your audience and to make your comments irrelevant to the presentation.
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