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Creating Clean Charts for Presentations

The key to creating a worthwhile presentation in either PowerPoint or Excel is to make sure that all of the information is presented as cleanly as possible. No matter how informative a presentation might be, it will not resonate with the audience if they cannot read and absorb the data.

As data in business becomes more essential and complex, people are finding they have trouble conveying it in a way that is understandable. The last thing you want is to walk into a meeting with an Excel file that is indecipherable to most people.

Here are some guidelines that will help you create presentation charts that are clean and organized:

  • Background is key: Because the charts you will create are going to be the focus of the presentation, you don’t want the background to be unnecessarily distracting. You don’t want to crowd the important information, as this will result in a less attentive audience.
  • Create a clean chart: As for the charts themselves, you can cut down on what is included up on the screen. You don’t always need a legend, data labels, axes labels or titles, for example. Limit yourself to the fewest number of chart elements as you can.
  • Limit the charts per slide: Of course, you want your audience to actually be able to see the information that is being discussed. Try to keep each slide filled with only one or two charts, because it will be straining on the eyes if they become too small.

If you are looking for ways to be creative with data, contacting Interactive Edge is a wonderful first step! Take a look at the rest of our website to learn more about the services we offer to our clients, which will give you more time to focus on your most important business objectives.