Creatively Show a Statistic During Your Presentation

Posted by Kristin Arnold on November 21, 2011

I just came back from the National Speakers Association Strategic Planning Retreat and Board Meeting.  How fun to be on the other side of the table as the Immediate Past President rather than the professional facilitator!

As we were reviewing the data from our recent survey, Director of Marketing Janet Traylor effectively demonstrated the multigenerational mix of our membership:

For every survey response, she placed one of four different dried beans in a container – depending on the age of the respondent:

A Green Pea Bean for Millennials/Generation Y (born approx. 1977-1994)

A Red Kidney Bean for Generation X (born approx. 1965-1977

A White Navy Bean for Baby Boomers (born approx. 1944-1964) and

A Garbanzo Bean for the Traditionalists (born approx 1922-1943).

Janet then held up the container to show the demographic “mix” of our membership.  MUCH more effective than projecting a bar chart.

What do you do to bring a statistic come alive during your presentations?



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