ICAA course: How to Present Financial Data Effectively Using PowerPoint (Edmonton Nov 7, 2012)

Accountants often use PowerPoint to present financial data to peers, executives, suppliers, and others. It is critical that others understand the impact of the financial analysis so that decisions can be made and the bottom line positively impacted.

Unfortunately, too often the barrage of numbers is overwhelming to the audience and they leave confused. This full-day seminar will demonstrate a new approach to financial presentations: Make it about the audience, not the numbers. That may sound simplistic, but it can make all the difference in communicating effectively to the important audiences you speak to. If you want others to take action after your presentations, you’ll learn practical ideas that will make a difference in your presentations.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • Why financial presentations are too often ineffective and what causes this to happen
  • How to view your presentation in a new way and how an audience focused approach changes the way you look at presentations
  • The few key ideas you need to know about slide design
  • How to set up your Excel spreadsheet so that it is easy to use the numbers in PowerPoint (and why you should use PowerPoint instead of Excel for tables & graphs)
  • Three strategies for creating easy to understand visuals for your presentation
  • How to prepare a handout that has the detail your audience needs without extra work for yourself
  • What you need to do to prepare your slides to be e-mailed to those who couldn’t attend the meeting so they understand your message easily

For all the details on the workshop and to register, click here to go to the ICAA website.

By Dave Paradi

Dave Paradi has over twenty-two years of experience delivering customized training workshops to help business professionals improve their presentations. He has written ten books and over 600 articles on the topic of effective presentations and his ideas have appeared in publications around the world. His focus is on helping corporate professionals visually communicate the messages in their data so they don't overwhelm and confuse executives. Dave is one of fewer than ten people in North America recognized by Microsoft with the Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams communities. His articles and videos on virtual presenting have been viewed over 4.8 million times and liked over 17,000 times on YouTube.