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Strategic Planning: Purpose and Key Elements – And Free Slides, Too

Smart, practical planning is vital to any major endeavor. If you’re serious about accomplishing an objective, you need a strategy, and a plan to carry it out. World record holder Michael Phelps wouldn’t have earned the distinction of being the most decorated Olympian of all time if he hadn’t had a training strategy, and strictly […]

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Mobile Apps for Public Speakers and Presenters

As you’ve probably noticed, technology has been improving at a faster and faster pace. Just one zone of major improvement has been applications that benefit public speakers and presenters. Whether you’re a businessman trying to get his point across in the conference room, or a professor working to connect more effectively with your students, these […]

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Four Short Talks on Gratitude You’ll be Thankful For

Each of us faces struggles at one time or another. Illnesses, disabilities, financial troubles, rocky relationships, failures, losses – the list is sadly long. Even in the face of such troubles, there is one almost magical thing that can always lighten our burdens and make life sweeter: gratitude. With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, […]

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Infographic: The Gantt Chart’s History, Anatomy, and Benefits

The Gantt chart has become a standard tool for organizers and managers across the world. With good reason: it’s a highly effective way to visualize, plan, coordinate and manage multi-faceted projects and processes. It brings together a project’s tasks, who’s responsible for each, when each should start and when it should finish in order for […]

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8 Presentation Metaphors from the Ocean World

Metaphors are microphones – they amplify your message. Presenters often employ metaphors, both in their slides and in their speeches. By likening a new thing or concept to something familiar, they facilitate comprehension and heighten impact. This mechanism is especially handy for introducing a theory, a concept, or other intangible.

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How to Present Statistics that Make Sense 

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 […]

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Chart Series: Column Chart or Histogram?

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 […]

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Chart Series: Clustered or Stacked-Column Charts?

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 […]

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Chart Series: Line or Area Chart?

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 […]

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Chart Series: Column or Bar Chart?

When you’ve got a large volume of quantitative information to present, charts are almost always your best way to go. Figures are much easier to make sense of when presented graphically. Whether your purpose is to compare, show relationships or highlight trends, charts let your audience visualize your message. Take a look at this Google […]

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