Though it’s true that a picture can be worth a thousand words, we still rely upon words to carry the complete message and the full story. They capture the narrative, clarify the abstract, conceptualize the unseen. When Chris Burkard gave a TED talk in 2015, he showed the audience jaw-dropping photos and videos of what he does as a surf photographer. But it was only through his words that the audience could fully appreciate his challenging quest for the perfect waves, in the most remote beaches of the world. His visuals impressed; his words inspired. His photos portrayed the outcome; his words described the process.
Because words produce a different kind of impact, effective presenters are careful to invest ample time in brainstorming key messages, finalizing speech outlines and framing relevant stories. Yet on some days, you’re at a loss for words. You can scarcely find any workable words at all, or your word choices just won’t adequately convey your thoughts. Read more
Including well-researched statistics in a presentation adds to its credibility. When you add numbers from a reliable source, your statements or arguments come across as being more valid, objective and reasonable.
While numbers can create a favorable impression, be careful to use them correctly, or they may bore or confuse your audience. The human brain is wired to appreciate relationships and stories better than figures alone. This challenges presenters and public speakers to improve their data presentation skills, so they’re able to present statistics in ways that make a lasting and weighty impact. Read more
Public speaking skills may be difficult to master, but it’s definitely a learnable skill. If you’re a faculty member, you can be part of your students’ learning process by integrating the tips and tricks below with your lesson or teaching style. Read more
Many of you will be celebrating Father’s Day this Sunday. In recognition of some of the most important people on Earth, we’ve gathered six speeches and interviews about what it truly means to be a father. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a mini-binge-watch of this list of videos. Read more
Have you ever found yourself in an “important” meeting thinking, “I could be so much more productive if I wasn’t stuck in this room!”
While most of you don’t spend 300,000 hours a year sitting in meetings (we hope not!), the sentiment above is very common – as you might expect. Too many meetings drag on with no clear flow, people bringing up disrelated topics, important issues and decisions left hanging or unaddressed, and no one exerting any effective control over the proceedings. Of course you could be more productive if you were back at your desk! And so could everyone else present. Read more
People engage in persuasive speaking every day, in many different circumstances. This type of communication can include everything from proposing a new idea to your boss, to convincing your child to eat vegetables. However, when you engage in persuasive speaking you aren’t fully in control of the results of that speech. You can only influence others’ actions, choices and beliefs if they choose to agree with what you’re saying.
Is there a magic formula for convincing someone to agree with you? No – but the principles and techniques below are offered to help you become more persuasive in your conversations with friends, family and colleagues. Read more
Every presenter needs a touch of inspiration now and then. That’s why we’ve created a fully editable Slideshare presentation that features meaningful quotes on different aspects of public speaking and presenting. We hope they inspire you toward more confident, more effective presenting.
After the end of the presentation, there’s an additional list of memorable quotes – just in case you need an even stronger dose of inspiration!
Both column charts and histograms display varying quantities using vertical bars plotted on a two-axis graph. If you take a glance at the charts below, you’ll likely notice that the major difference between the two has to do with the size of the gaps between columns. Column charts typically have distinct gaps, while histograms have little or no gap between vertical bars. There’s more to it than that, though – as you’ve probably guessed.
Column charts are often used to compare values across categories. As a specific example, we’ve plotted the number of social media followers a website might have on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
If you want to present more complex data using the same basic type of chart, you could do so with a clustered-column chart or stacked-column chart. In the examples below, an additional detail has been added: the number of social media followers per continent. As you can see, each color represents one continent. Read more
In the first article in our Charts Series, we tackled the question of when to use bar and column charts. In this new article (second in the series) let’s proceed to the similarities and differences between line charts and area charts.
Line and area charts have a similar look. In a line chart, you see a series of data points connected by line segments. An area chart has as similar look and function, but with one major difference – the area beneath each line is filled with a different color. This can present a problem: the color beneath one line can cover up some of the area beneath other lines, as well the lines themselves.
Occlusion and Number of Data Sets
A line chart is good for comparing multiple data series. Even if you plot up to seven series of data, you’ll normally still be able to understand and analyze the direction of the lines. Unfortunately the same can’t be done with an area chart, due to the occlusion factor. Data series with smaller values may be partially or completely hidden by data series with larger values, as you can see in the examples below. Read more