What could your slides look like when you apply the ideas that I share? Below are the latest makeovers I have done that share a before and after look at real-world slides. I discuss my thinking and provide some lessons for presenters when faced with communicating a similar message. Below the most recent makeovers is a link to see previous makeovers. For examples of visuals that can be used to communicate financial data or analysis, see FinancialViz.com.
Use a line graph instead of a column graph to show both the trend and comparisons to previous values.
Focus the audience on the comparison of the values in the important segments in a stacked column graph
Make groups of text visual by putting them in shapes
Use a Steps to a Total graph to visually show components instead of a spreadsheet.
Use an index line graph instead of a dual axis chart to compare trends in different data series.
Focus your message with a visual that highlights important variances
Use a multiple-width overlapping column graph to compare current performance to past and expected performance
When the difference in values is the message, just show the difference, not the values
Convert accounting notation to visual indicators the audience easily understands
Comparing values to an average using a dashed line on a bar chart
Compare the same measurement categories across different groups visually
Present bullet/sub-bullet text visually using text in shapes