Using data visualisation in presentations

Course Type: In-Company | Course Category: Presentation Skills

Pricing in-company

Groups £3,500 per day (6 -15 delegates) – Charities up to 30% discount.

Course Introduction

An overview of how to present data in Powerpoint more effectively, focusing on the use of text, iconography and charting

What's it about?

Powerpoint is still the default method of presenting data in most workplaces. However it is a limited instrument, with unhelpful templates and a small range of design options. How do you make it work for you? In this one-day course, we look at ways of ensuring that your slide deck is tailored to your audience’s needs, and share templates and tools that can help you build better charts.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at anyone who uses Powerpoint on a regular basis – either to generate reports or to give presentations.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding how to map your story to a specific audience
  • Building a story on a single slide
  • Building a story across a whole deck
  • Using text effectively so that it complements your visuals
  • An understanding of the possibilities and limitations of Powerpoint charts
  • Using layout, colour and font choices to create more engaging charts
  • Recommended books, tools and software


At the end of this course, you will understand how Powerpoint can be used to tell effective stories. You will have a solid grasp of how to use storytelling techniques to hold your audience’s attention. You will also have a range of chart templates to help you make more difficult charts quickly and easily.

Course Structure Highlights

  • Defining a process for the building and structuring of Powerpoint stories
  • Understanding the spectrum of good data visualisation practice
  • Assessing your audience’s needs and adapting your story accordingly
  • How to turn a dataset into a single-slide story
  • How to use colour and layout to make your story more engaging
  • Designing charts so that they are remembered and shared
  • A walkthrough of the key data visualisation tools and how to incorporate them into your slides