Collaboration

Read articles on how to give better presentations, have more efficient and productive meetings, and how to lead your team to success with the help of visuals.

Maximize meetings

Five Tricks to Maximizing Meetings

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Meetings can be efficient and effective. Otherwise, why would more than 11 million meetings take place every business day in the US alone? The problem is many of them aren't as productive as they should be. If you find that your meetings aren't achieving what they should, here are four things you can do to get better results in half the time. Read More

Business secrets

Three Secrets Every Business Needs to Know

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Meetings have traits reminiscent of the title of that old Western film: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. They help us plan, keep us apprised of important developments, and allow us to come together to make important decisions. That's good. Fortunately, it's not hard to fix the bad and the ugly. Read More

TED talk

How to Give a TED Talk (or Make Any Presentation Memorable)

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Chances are that you've seen TED talks—if not in person, then on YouTube or via other web channels. TED talks have become phenomenally popular. Read More

Powerpoint blues

The Cure for the PowerPoint® Blues

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In the world of business, it's something of a running joke. PowerPoint® presentations can often feel like torture. Fortunately, there's a simple solution. Replace the bullet points with interesting and informing charts, graphs, and other attention-grabbing visuals. Read More

Better reports

Write Better Reports, Faster

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Reports, whether oral or written, are part of life for many busy professionals. But there is a surefire way to make them work better for your audience while saving everyone valuable time. Graphics. Read More

Report graphics tips

Quick Tips for Using Report Graphics

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Graphics are an invaluable tool that can make any report better—regardless of its size, scope or complexity. Problem is, most of us aren't trained graphics designers. Read More

Finding the right graphic

Which Visual is Right for Your Presentation

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Whether you're writing a business report, technical paper, or making a presentation, using diagrams or graphics can help clarify your message. But which graphic is best for the information at hand? Read More

5 meeting secrets

Five Secrets of Great Leaders Who Get the Most Out of Meetings

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All too often we hear complaints about meetings being misguided, unproductive, and a waste of time. For a good leader, this perception should raise a huge red flag. Read More

Present data more effectively

How to Present Your Data More Effectively

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The data you collect in your business is only as valuable as its analysis and presentation. Without the latter, problems cannot be solved. Opportunities cannot be capitalized. Decisions cannot be made. Data presented to audiences can be a mine field. Read More

Infographics communicate better than words

Communicate Better with Visuals

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Here at SmartDraw, we've been saying it (and practicing it) for years. To reach your audience more efficiently and effectively, visuals communicate better than words. Read More

Infographics communicate better than words

A Good Chart Makes Your Message Clear

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Clearly communicating your message is crucial in business. Often, words and numbers alone just don't do the trick. Get your point across with a picture or graphic. It puts information into clear perspective in a way that mere words or numbers alone can't. Read More

Present data more effectively

How to Make Better Charts

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Clearly communicating your message is crucial in business. Often, words and numbers alone just don't do the trick. To illustrate data in a report or presentation, few things convey information as quickly and effectively as a chart. Read More

Present data more effectively

Three Techniques for Keeping Meetings Brief

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Meetings don't need to be giant productivity sinkholes. A few simple techniques like time boxing and moderation can help keep meetings short and to the point. Read More

Business collaboration

Collaboration in the Workplace: What Does it Actually Mean?

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Think about your last team meeting. I think it is fair to say that most team meetings are guided by one person standing in front of the white board recording thoughts and explaining concepts to the group. Read More

Present data more effectively

How to Make Decisions like Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin described his well-known decision-making process in a letter to Joseph Priestley who had asked Franklin's advice about a vexing decision. Read More