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Tips to present better

If you want to improve your ability to create powerful business presentations you have to master three aspects: preparation, design and delivery. In these articles I'll show you how.

Repeat with me: I should never use three-dimensional graphs to show two-dimensional data.

I often see cases where people take a graph from a presentation, an Excel document or a company report, they move it to PowerPoint and then add a 3D effect in the hope that the graph looks more...

CEOs, Executives and Senior Managers often want to see the numbers that support your statements and give credibility to what you say during a presentation. Numbers make them feel safer. They are right, numbers and data are important. 

However, we often focus too much on the data itself and too...

When you create a presentation and you use slides, it is likely that you use some text in your slides (not too much, don’t forget!). In those cases, make sure your text is big. In fact, very big. 

Too often I see slides with text that uses 12 point fonts....

In this blog post I’m going to introduce hierarchy as a principle of design and explain how to use it to improve the design of your presentations.  

In Universal Principles of Design (a must-read book), the authors explain that hierarchical organisation is the easiest way to visualise and understand complexity. They...

People prefer faces. In our evolutionary path, as human beings we’ve become better and better at recognising faces, not least because of survival reasons. Our ancestors would survive only if they were good at recognising the faces of hidden predators.

That’s one of the reasons why faces attract so...

In order to create a great presentation, if you decide that you need visual aids, it’s important to understand how to design a great slide. Among others, you should be focusing on two elements: background and text. The success of a slide from a design perspective also depends on these...