We’ve all done it, we’ve sat through presentations where the presenter stands in front of the audience and says, “I’m sorry for the eye chart, but…”
If you’re not clear as to what an eye chart is, an eye chart is a slide with so much data, or so many words, that your audience has to strain their eyes to see specific parts of it. Slides like this drive me nuts. Slides like this scream to me that the presenter didn’t prepare enough to distill the proper data from the “eye chart.”
If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I focus on the overall story of a presentation, so if you’re showing people an eye chart; you’re not telling the right story.
My advice, before you’re tempted to just throw a chart or table into a slide, think about the story that you want the data to tell your audience. Eliminate data or words that don’t help tell your story, and your audience will thank you.
Since data visualization isn’t my specialty, check out these sites for some inspiration: