Presenting Numerical Data

by Anna Faherty
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Present your data clearly to enable informed business decisions
  • Win support for your ideas, by presenting your data in compelling ways
  • Analyse data and produce effective forecasts
  • Use visual tools to aid the interpretation of data
  • Share data effectively using a range of methods
  • Use your data to generate persuasive business presentations

As an accountant you will deal with numbers every day. But how do you communicate numerical data to others? Translating the information you have in a way that makes it accessible to everyone is a key skill. Well-presented and focused data can help you and your colleagues make effective decisions. It can also build support for new initiatives and ideas.

This course demonstrates how best to share and present numerical data to support your individual and organisational goals. You'll explore how effective use of different types of data can enable informed business decisions and win support for ideas while considering your audience and the wider context. You'll also discover the importance of analysing data, how to express numerical data through visuals, and how to share your data for persuasion and influence.

Data presentation in your role

  • Why is sharing data important?
  • Why data presentation skills matter
  • What's special about presenting data?
  • Data presentation as a form of communication
  • Key skills for effective data presenters
  • Sharing data with non-specialists

How data leads to knowledge and understanding

  • From data to wisdom
  • Types of data
  • The data pyramid
  • The data pyramid in practice
  • Contrasting interpretations
  • Providing insight
  • Evaluating data

Analysing and explaining data

  • Before you share data
  • Analysing data
  • Forecasting from data
  • Delivering a forecast
  • Explaining data

Interpreting and visualising data

  • Using visual tools
  • Tables vs charts
  • Misleading charts
  • The power of colour
  • Interpreting complex data

Sharing data to inform decisions

  • Data, facts, and opinions
  • Making decisions
  • Sharing data in written documents
  • Sharing data in a presentation
  • Designing effective slides
  • Handling ambiguity and uncertainty

Using data to persuade and influence

  • Using data to influence
  • Constructing arguments
  • Why data isnít enough to change someoneís mind
  • The power of social norms
  • Targeting your audiences
  • Verbal tactics
  • Telling engaging stories using data

Anna Faherty is a writer, editor, researcher and educator who works across the publishing, museum and science communication sectors.

She collaborates with a diverse range of organisations to help them develop profitable products and effective, audience-focused communications. Her clients include the British Museum, Oxford University Press, Pearson and the V&A.

A scientist by training, Anna built up almost two decades of commercial product development and management experience, gained in higher education and professional publishing, before setting up her own consultancy business. She has also served as the Trustee of a small local museum and is sensitive to the needs of international audiences, having studied and worked in the UK, Australia, South Africa and the Seychelles.

Anna has delivered workshops and webinars for ACCA and the AIA and has lectured at City University, Kingston University, Oxford Brookes University and University College London. She is the author of two books (both published by Wellcome Collection) and her research paper on novel business models was recognised by an international award for excellence.

You can find out more about Anna's professional experience at:, or follow her on Twitter at @mafunyane.

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