Waterfall charts: The data visualization you are probably not using but should

Waterfall charts: The data visualization you are probably not using but should

Waterfall charts are common in consulting and executives love them.  They are often the simplest way to show how multiple components impact total results, something that higher level business leaders care deeply about.  Deconstructing the effects of those components is difficult but worthwhile analysis.  It is a shame when action is not taken because someoneRead more about Waterfall charts: The data visualization you are probably not using but should[…]

The Pyramid Principle: The Foundation for all Persuasive Presentations

The Pyramid Principle: The Foundation for all Persuasive Presentations

The Minto Pyramid Principle, by ex-McKinsey consultant Barbara Minto, is the foundation of all persuasive presentations. When I started at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the Pyramid Principle was one of the first lessons in new consultant training. Structured and logical communication is extremely important to make a complicated message easier to understand, comprehend, andRead more about The Pyramid Principle: The Foundation for all Persuasive Presentations[…]

PowerPoint tutorial: Present like a management consultant…for analysts

PowerPoint tutorial: Present like a management consultant…for analysts

The most frustrating thing for many analysts is to have a great idea, but to have senior executives not interested or unwilling to act.  You can spend weeks, or even months, carefully pulling data, analyzing trends, and developing business cases for a change.  Then all of that goes to waste if when presented to theRead more about PowerPoint tutorial: Present like a management consultant…for analysts[…]

PowerPoint tutorial: Present like a management consultant now live on Udemy

PowerPoint tutorial: Present like a management consultant now live on Udemy

The best PowerPoint tutorial for driving impact PowerPoint is the default method of communication in business, and yet almost no one excels at communicating with it.  No one that is, except for management consultants. I wrote this course to help people understand how consulting presentations are different, and to teach them the techniques they canRead more about PowerPoint tutorial: Present like a management consultant now live on Udemy[…]

How to write powerpoint slides that don’t suck part 1: The title matters

How to write powerpoint slides that don’t suck part 1: The title matters

What is the most important part of a slide?  You might answer, “it depends,” but there is a correct answer.  The title is the most important part of a slide. It is the title that sets the tone for the slide.  It is the title that instructs the reader what they should be looking for. Read more about How to write powerpoint slides that don’t suck part 1: The title matters[…]