tipsforpres_blogpostThe third reason why we use data visualizations is to show data in our presentations.

Recently, I wrote a guest post for Tableau on best ways to deliver presentations with data. I emphasized the role of storytelling and noted the following pitfalls. Also included is a checklist for delivering effective presentations with data.


  • Visualizations shown in the slides were not referenced: The presenter talked over their charts and graphs without making explicit references to them.
  • No story or narrative: The presentation was primarily informational and delivered as a report.
  • Lack of audience engagement: The presenters did not include opportunities for audience interaction, questions, or dialogue.
  • Little or no audience eye contact: Presenters looked past the audience or down at their notes instead of engaging with their addressees.
  • Over the time limit: The presenters did not complete their presentation within the time allotted.
  • Too much information: The presenters provided too much information on their slides. The guideline is six words per line, and no more than six lines of text.

You can read the full post on the Tableau Blog.


Dr. Kristen Sosulski develops innovative practices for higher education as the Director of Education for the NYU Stern W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab. She also teaches MBA students and executives data visualization, R programming, and operations management as an Associate Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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Why Data Visualization? Reason #3