Painting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other by Randall Bolten

By Randall Bolten

Learn find out how to converse larger with numbers

Whether you're dispensing a file or giving a presentation, you have got loads of numbers to provide and just a couple of mins to get your aspect throughout. Your viewers is busy and has a quick awareness span. do not allow an novice presentation lavatory you down, confuse your viewers, and harm your credibility. as a substitute, how to current numerical details effectively—in a similar manner you discovered the right way to communicate or write. With Painting with Numbers, you will discover the best way to current numbers truly and successfully so your rules and your presentation shine.

  • Use the Arabic numeral procedure on your virtue grasp using format and visible results to speak powerfully
  • Understand how audiences method your details and the way that is affecting your ''personal model image''
  • Learn how you can be perceived as a certified who actually is familiar with the company innovations and concerns underlying your numbers
  • Use software program instruments, together with Excel, PowerPoint, and graphs, successfully and to force domestic your point

Author Randall Bolten stocks his a long time of expertise as a senior finance govt distilling complex info into transparent displays, that can assist you make your numerical details extra understandable, significant, and available. Painting with Numbers is brimming with hands-on recommendation, strategies, instruments, ideas, and guidance for generating transparent, beautiful, and powerful quantation (the note the writer has coined for the ability of proposing numbers)

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Avoiding the M notation for either amount eliminates any ambiguity. 5. All of the exhibits in this book are produced by the Microsoft Office® products Excel and PowerPoint. The raw numbers are identical in Reports 1-1, 1-2, and 1-4 (all five versions)— the only difference is how they are formatted (with the exception of the Roman numerals, which uses the ROMAN( ) function). You can even use Excel to truncate the last three or six or nine digits to present numbers in thousands, millions, or billions, respectively.

Op. Prof. indd 33 2/1/2012 6:15:13 PM 34 Part I The Rules Which version do you prefer? Most of us are more comfortable with Version A, perhaps for reasons we can’t articulate. But here are four reasons that choice is valid and appropriate: 1. Reading flow. In most of the western world, we read from left to right and then from top to bottom. I suggest that this is no different: if you are scanning for a trend in any of the three line items (Revenues, Expenses, or Profit), reading horizontally across the page is more comfortable.

2. You have choices! The differences between the five versions of Report 1-4 are a simple matter of Excel formatting,5 and no additional time or effort is involved. There are valid reasons for choosing at least three of the five versions (and some highly compulsive person could probably justify Version E as well). indd 19 2/1/2012 10:06:26 AM 20 Part I The Rules Note One suggestion: An experienced and highly practical finance manager I know addresses the decision about precision with a very simple rule: no number in a report should have more than five digits.

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