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I saved a board meeting…using Powerpoint Graphs | Powerpoint tips

by | May 11th, 2017

One day I received a call from one of my client companies (a prominent non-banking financial service,) which receive applications for loans and processes it for further action – approved & disbursed vs. rejected. Read along know what you can do with powerpoint graphs.

Situation: A senior level meeting had been called and they had to quickly assemble a PowerPoint deck. One of the hurdles were that some of the key performance factors, when put into powerpoint graphs were not showing any meaningful information or trend.

Complication: The same chart type had been used in the last meeting and it was pointed by the Senior Management that it wasn’t satisfactory.

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picture 1 : Simple bar powerpoint graphs- which is boring

Question: How can we present 3 variables of one scale and 2 variables of another scale without cluttering the slide and losing the essence of the data?

Variable Set 1 – Logins (no. of accounts), No. of Files Approved & No. of Files Disbursed.

Variable Set 2 – Loan Approved (Value) & Loan Disbursed (Value).

Answer:  Finally, I used the combination of Thermometer Chart with line graph (markers only) on primary axis for Set 1. For set 2 I used simple line graph on the secondary axis. This is how it looked.

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Picture 2: The powerpoint graphs which I used

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picture 3: The smart and changed powerpoint graphs

Summary: The bosses were delighted to see some fresh look. The trend was noticeable and clear. I was happier :). Powerpoint Graphs , when used right can work wonders for you and also for your boss.

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