Bring Numbers To Life

Try this the next time you present the month end results

Ask any marketeer and they’ll tell you the worst way to bring numbers to life…is to use a table of numbers. Why? Any more than a handful of numbers creates immediate noise and potential confusion. Too many numbers means your key message is diluted or even lost. Many people are intimidated, put off, or just…

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5 alternative to a boring table of numbers

Improve your finance reports and presentations with these 5 charts.. Ask any marketeer and they’ll tell you the worst way to bring numbers to life…is to use a table of numbers. Why? Any more than a handful of numbers creates immediate noise and potential confusion. Too many numbers means your key message is diluted or…

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Is this the best way to show variances to budget and last year?

What’s the best way to bring variances to budget to life? Stop using boring tables of numbers and try this instead… My favourite finance chart is simple text, click here’s for that video. My second favourite chart is the gap chart. I think it’s the best way to show gaps to budget, target, and last…

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Did you know there are 3 ways to present the same number?

Did you know there were 3 ways to present the exact same number? The one you pick is more important than you think… £30m This round number is great for impact and simplicity, but it could look like you made it up. So you’re more likely to be challenged on it. £31.23m This doesn’t quite…

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What is finance business partnering?

What is finance business partnering? I used to be a finance director, then I became a sales director, and I’ll show you everything I learned in sales that I wished I’d known when I worked in finance. Finance business partnering is about three things: Number one, building relationships. Number two, turning data into insights. And…

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How much chicken is too much?

The UK fried chicken market is worth £2.2 billion a year That’s the equivalent of £6 million a day, or in the minute it takes you to read this post £4,000. Put another way it’s 31 million 6-piece KFC bargain buckets a year. Line the buckets up and they’d reach from London to Sydney. That’s a…

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How to say no without saying no

We often find ourselves saying no. There are great reasons why we say no. The problem is that people hate being told no. Most of us have a hyper-sensivity to the word. Think about how you feel when someone says no to you. There’s nowhere to go from a no. The word no kills our relationships and…

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Swap tables and bullets for videos and demos to turbo-charge your reports

Are you reports and presentations looking a bit dull? Do you want to give your audience something interesting and fun to engage them? Most presentations and reports are made up of tables of numbers and bullet points – yawn central! Bring your next presentation to life by swapping tables of numbers and bullets for pictures, videos…

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If Carlsberg did charts, they’d probably do them like this…

Us finance people are obsessed with actual, budget, last year comparisons. We just seem to love them. We very quickly create large tables of numbers comparing actual, budget and last year. The current month isn’t enough. We do YTD and full year too. For the whole P&L. Then we add some ratios. Pretty soon our…

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