I saw a post on Doctrine Man the other day about a power point slide masterpiece. Having been a staff monkey myself, I'm sure the creator spent countless hours on this visual masterpiece. Sure it looks impressive, but can you summarize what this slide is trying to convey in 20 seconds or less?
I think sometimes we do a poor job communicating by over-focusing on impressiveness of the presentation, and not on the clarity of data or simplifying the core message. When presenting information, we should following the following principles:
For those of you who are looking to improve your ability in communicating data, I would recommend browsing through the following two articles "Effectively Communicating Numbers: Selecting the Best Means and Manner of Display" by Stephen Few and "Data Graphics" from the Wharton Business School.
I'd recommend using the website Tableau to easily play around with data and decide how to effectively present it.