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How to Make an IMPACT: Influence, inform and impress with your reports, presentations and business documents by Jon Moon

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Chapter 3. Tables: How your numerical tables can be loved, not loathed

  • The Big Five Changes: five steps to make your tables fantastic

  • More detailed tips to make your tables not just fantastic but perfect

  • A complex-looking table that seems as good as it gets – how to dramatically improve it

 

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

 
 --Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Tables get a bad press. Many people don’t like them and prefer the other main way of showing numbers: graphs. In Chapter 2, I wrote of the delight people often feel when they see a graph in a report. Their hearts leap to see something other than a dense page of dull text to wade through. And the report writer has obviously gone ...

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