Tip for being an A+ presenter: line graphs

7 Nov

Tip for being an A+ PowerPoint presenter:

Excessive use of line graphs is an excellent way to impress your boss and co-workers with your presenting skills. It shows you are both good at measuring things and at using Excel, both of which are invaluable traits in the business world.

To beef up your slide, throw in some bullet-points that use words like “metrics”  and “progress” so it will seem like whatever your graph is measuring is both successful and improving. The key here is not to be too specific. Keep it “high level”. If someone does raise any questions, re-affirm that this graph is “high level” and that their question will be answered later on in the presentation. Whether or not this is actually true is irrelevant. Your boss will appreciate the fact that you’re not boring him with unnecessary “details”, and the question asker will either forget or assume their question is answered by the subsequent barrage of pithy bullet-points in your slide package.

If your graph doesn’t actually measure anything or, if you can’t figure out how to use Excel, don’t panic. As long as you have multiple colorful lines going in a generally upwards direction, you’ll be fine. No one is going to remember to go back and double-check your information, but they WILL remember how impressive and colorful that chart showing your project status looked.


12 Responses to “Tip for being an A+ presenter: line graphs”

  1. lifeshighwaygame November 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    this is also true is your powerpoint has letters that move around and zoom off the page.

    • sharkables November 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      Bonus points if the zooming words say something impressive and ambiguous like “Synergy” or “Lean Initiative”

  2. FC Wanner November 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    I have given this very presentation numerous times.
    You have hit the nail directly on it’s up trending head.
    Thanks for amusing me.

    • sharkables November 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      It sounds like you are a step ahead of the game! Feel free to stop by anytime and impart some Powerpoint or Excel wisdom.

      • Chanchai November 19, 2012 at 12:08 am #

        Tried to dl from the link you gave but the registration form is just awful and i had a big prelbom trying to put my international phone number into the form so in the end i gave up. However i am really not happy anyway with the amount of personal information the dl site asks, not least about my employer’s details. Why should the website want to know about my employer and my work role when the e-book is surely for personal use??

  3. Anonymous November 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Do not depend on too much powerpoint wisdon

    • Trudy August 9, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      Felt so hopeless looking for answers to my qunsiions…uettl now.

  4. Cheri Donnelly Bost November 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Also do not depend on people being able to spell.

  5. Thag November 13, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Calls this to mind: http://wp.me/pSXPz-ev

  6. Gavin November 18, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Very funny…

  7. Sunshine November 25, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Haha, it’s funny because it’s so true – every single piece of advice you’re giving.


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