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Six rules to improve data visualization in your presentations

I promise this will make you smile.

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Up your game with these (easy!) pro moves

Find inspiration for your presentation visuals

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1. Don’t start from scratch.

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How I landed it anyway.

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It was my dream job.

In fact, it…

I left my corporate job to become a freelancer, but wasn’t sure how much to charge.

Simple tips to help your slides shine

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As a seasoned presentation designer with over 20 years experience, I’ve seen it all — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Plenty of ugly. Here are the top five things to avoid when creating presentations, along with some pro tips:

#1: Don’t cram too much stuff onto your slides.

More is not better. The most common mistake is…

Alicia Monique Thornber

PowerPoint nerd. Illustrator/designer. Mom of two. Ex-Microsoftie. Collector of hobbies. Where's my coffee??

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