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If you have a data-rich project, the challenge is to choose the right data to display. Think about the story. Does some of the data form a “sub-plot?” It’s interesting and helpful, but it might be a good candidate for the Appendix. It’s tough to winnow down the number of slides, but if you don’t then you lose the reader’s attention. Stick to the main story.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.