Telling stories with data

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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Bullets are for guns – alternatives that won’t send people to sleep

The bullet point was invented some time in the 1950s. It’s 2017, it’s time to move on. Surely we can find some alternatives to bullet points? What’s the problem with bullets? Number 1: they’re over-used meaning they’re boring and you won’t stand out using them Number 2: they’re mis-used because people take a full sentence…

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Bring your numbers to life with this simple trick

A few years ago the Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked by an analyst how important iMac sales were to Apple. He said that iMac sales were $22 billion. He could have left it there. Except he knows something that a lot of us don’t. He knows never to leave a number hanging. He knows that…

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Is this the easiest way to bring numbers to life?

Data visualisation doesn’t have to be difficult. You don’t need a fancy new app or system. Simple text is my single favourite way to bring numbers to life. It is way better than presenting a table of numbers or a P&L account. You’ll see it used a lot in the front section of a listed…

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