Business Analysis presentations are peppered with various analysis about decisions and initiatives. These can often take the form of complex and hard to understand graphs which will require a lot of verbal explanation on the part of the presenter.
However, PowerPoint now comes packed with tools such as SmartArt that can present analytical data in a more attractive manner.
For example, to analyze possible scenarios after an initiative has been implemented in a company, the consultant can depict these pictorially in the form of a scenario matrix. 24point0 has created a customizable scenario matrix that can be a powerful aid in the management’s decision making process. Add colors to differentiate between quadrants and shift emphasis. Insert appropriate animation as well, in order to heighten the audience’s interest.
Revenue analysis need no longer be confined to Excel sheets. These tend to be too complex for an audience to understand during the course of a presentation, so use PowerPoint 2007’s Table style gallery to better present this. 24point0 has created an editable table specifically for revenue analysis – an invaluable tool for the financial consultant pressed for time.
Other graphics used in analysis include Venn Diagrams, useful to show overlapping information and commonalities in the consequences of a business initiative. For a more solid graphical analytical tool that helps consultants chart the various steps in a business plan, use 24point0’s handy V-Diagram. Easily customizable, this helps in aiding immediate understanding and can highlight missing steps in a process.
Another useful tool that aids analysis is the performance chart. These can be the run-of-the mill histograms or a more creative representation like 24point0’s Performance Chart. Insert appropriate text and this chart will help analyze the performance of the company as a whole or that of an individual.
For depicting pros and cons of any decision, the safest route taken is usually listing these under different columns. However, consultants can incorporate graphics depicting dualities to showcase these in a more visually compelling manner. For example, use 24point0’s Heaven and Hell diagram to depict the negative and positives of a business initiative or use the Iceberg diagram to depict hidden risks that lurk beneath.
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