In this edition: 3 unique ways to use stats in your presentation | Tip of the week: visualising data on slides| Resource of the week: Using boxes and props to show stats
Numbers always speak for themselves. Whether it is sales or profits, you cannot beat numbers.
But numbers are also the one thing that a lot of us are scared of. And something that can be overwhelming to the audience.
However, there are simpler ways to use numbers to create impact and at the same, not be intimidated by them.
In today’s newsletter, I will show you 3 simple ways in which you can benefit from stats without the negatives.
Let’s dive in
HOW TO USE STATS IN YOUR PRESENTATION
1. Pick stats carefully
Choose your metrics very carefully to ensure that they make things simpler – and not add to the overwhelm. Think “simple” and “relatable”.
For example, if your stat is – there are currently over 4.5 billion active internet users worldwide. This means if each user formed a line holding hands, we could go around the earth 64 times!!
2. Give context
Always back your number with a quick context. This will ensure that your audience stays with you till you reach the debriefing of how the stats are relevant. Make it a tight structure:
Stats → context → debrief
3. Deliver with a punch
Anything of importance needs to be conveyed in a way that makes it important. Always modulate your voice when you mention number.
For example: One out of five people live under the poverty line. The “one” and “five” has to jump out of that line so that the listeners register the significance of it.
3 IMPACTFUL WAYS TO INCLUDE THEM
The amount of plastic that gets dumped into the oceans each year is equal to the weight of 1 million adult African elephants!
A pie chart shows the expenses of each department. And the largest pie easily shows the most expensive one.
3. Make it dramatic
Did you know that each person in this room is responsible for 15% of the global warming across the world. And we are just 8 people here – making that a 120% contribution right here!!
To sum up:
Statistics can be pretty eye-opening, making our jobs easier as presenters. But if we aren’t careful in the way we use them, we could just end up confusing out audience and lose the case we are trying to build for ourselves in the presentation.
SUPER TIP OF THE WEEK
Slides that have complicated graphs one after the other seldom make the desired impact. Try and show one – and only one – graph per slide.
If possible, make the images relatable – for instance, a slide with a glass of water that less than half full. This could supplement the graph that shows depleting reserves of the company funding. The glass of water makes a better connection with the audience because it is so relatable.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
I am super excited to share these TED Talks by Hans Gosling. He was a Swedish physician, academic and public speaker.
These TED talks use brilliant techniques to make numbers interesting and riveting, even.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
How we can start speaking more slowly to breathe properly?
The question of the week is about an important aspect of communication. Here are some quick tips:
1. Slow down consciously: This may seem stupid but a quick reminder to slow down helps
2. Take deep breaths: This will ensure you don’t hurry up to finish the sentence before your lungs run out of oxygen
3. Practice: Set 15 minutes out everyday to google topics and speak. This will help you slow down and breathe – but also make you comfortable with pauses.
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