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Pretty much no one is going to make it through college without having to present a PowerPoint presentation or a paper that presents data. HOW you present that data is important. You can’t expect people to read your mind and so you have to present information in a way that is easy for them to read, understand, and process. This article focuses on PowerPoint, but many of the “rules” work with papers, too. Harvard Business Review gives you the details, but here are there 7 main points:

1) Make sure your data can be seen (Even at a distance)

2) Focus most on the points your data illustrates

3) Share one — and only one — major point from each chart

4) Label chart components clearly

5) Visually highlight “Aha!” zones

6) Write a slide title that reinforces the data’s point

7) Present to your audience, not to your data

There are many people who have issues with presenting. Hopefully these tips will make it easier for you. To sum it up in one sentence: make your data simple, clear, and easy to read then tell it TO people.


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