Mastering the “killer chart” to ‘wow’ your audience

Hans Rosling, using Gapminder to ‘wow’ audiences with his ability to cross-reference UN and similar data sources

As a practicioner of ‘due diligence’ I consider one of the key skills to be seeing through numbers/data and finding a way to present, in a very succinct manner, a key trend/issue. There are several key elements to this:

  • the ability to hypothesise the outcome, and then consequently choose and develop the appropriate data sets and presentation format (without random trial and error, which is too slow);
  • analyzing the data to determine key trends, even when the data may not appear to exhibit trends; and
  • the communication of the finding in a compelling, interesting and succinct manner.

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Have you “let yourself down” recently? Have courage, and use it to your benefit!

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While away on a business trip recently (in UK), I watched an episode of “Masterchef: the Professionals”, a television show where four chefs compete to qualify for later stages in a competition which judges their culinary skills. Very often the participants stated “I really let myself down” after hearing criticism of their efforts.

I was intrigued by the frequency that I heard this, and wondered why this should be the case.

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