Illustrating Executive Data Report Presentation with PowerPoint Dashboards

Do you need to present several multiple data charts and KPIs? Don’t know how to combine it in an attractive and readable way? It’s a common problem during working with executive data report presentations or charts. The number of figures and text can be pretty dense and it can be difficult to present it clearly. I recommend using several basic design rules to create concise data dashboard PowerPoint presentation templates.

I am sharing several business examples of such dashboards to help you make your data presentation easy to understand for the audience and attractive to look at.

Get inspired on how you can present your data and charts on dashboards in a visual way with a few examples below:

  • explain what the data dashboard is
  • visualize the customer satisfaction 
  • summarize the financial company budget
  • compare yearly sales trends
  • present the customer profile

Get all the graphics presented here – click on the slide pictures to see and download the source illustration. Check the full Dashboard Layouts for the Executive Data Report Presentation PowerPoint templates collection here.

What is a data dashboard and why does it make a data presentation easier?

A data dashboard is an information management tool that visually tracks, analyzes, and displays key performance indicators (KPI), the most important metrics, and data aggregates in order to monitor the health of a company, department, or business-specific process.

The purpose of the data dashboard is to give an executive overview of a company’s performance.  

If you need to present such a dashboard definition on a slide, you can illustrate it by adding a theme-related picture, to make such text slide more visual. Highlighting a keyword is also a good idea in case of longer text blocks.

data-dashboard-definition-ppt

Visualize the Customer Satisfaction on the Dashboard Slide

Customer satisfaction is one of the marketing indicators of purchase intentions and customer loyalty. It’s good to present all the factors on one slide to have a quick look at the all significant data.

As you can see in the example slide below, the customer satisfaction dashboard can contain elements such as customer experience (CX) categories, net promoter score (NPS) recommendation, satisfaction, effort, and key performance indicators (KPI). Each factor is presented in a graphical way with bar charts, gauge charts, symbols of thumbs representing different levels of customer engagement, or the icons of faces for three different statuses.  

The whole slide is divided into three columns which gives quite a lot of space for data. With more extensive amounts of data, it’s better to limit the colors on the slide. There’s one leading color + red, orange, and green colors reserved for statuses only. To enrich the content the columns’ headers are represented with adequate icons.

customer-satisfaction-dashboard-example

Summarize the Company’s Financial Budget Graphically in Your Executive Data Report

If you want to present a budget summary on one slide, it’s possible to create it in a graphical way, as in the example below.  

This budget dashboard example slide includes a presentation of the following financial categories:

  • revenue and operational cost development over a year
  • CAPEX and OPEX expenses ratio comparison
  • cost distribution over various company departments
Company Budget Summary Financial Dashboard Example

To represent all the above data we used a slide with a two-column layout. One column is dedicated to the aerial chart which shows the data over time. The second column contains two donut charts. They are more creative for data comparisons than pie charts. They present general data rations at one glance, and additionally, they look more unusual than typical pie charts. It’s easy to combine representative icons into them, too. With such presented data you can easily grab the audience’s attention to the numbers you want to present.

Compare the Yearly Sales Trends on the 3×3 Dashboard in the Executive Data Report

The next thing you may need to present is a comparison of the yearly sales trends. Such an overview requires much data presented over a few years. See the following example of a dashboard template for three years’ comparison of such data as monthly sales performance, growth drivers, and regions split.

3x3-dashboard-slide-layout-yearly-sales-trends-comparison

Notice how the use of a grid and margins helps to create organized slide content. The above slide has dedicated 3 rows for each year. In every row, there’s a place for a chart representing each of the factors of the summary. We used three different types of charts to present sales data:

  • clustered column-line chart for the sales trend
  • waterfall chart for the growth drivers
  • donut chart for representing regions

Creating such a multi-data summary may become a complex task. The important thing is to recognize: 

  • what is the main data or message you want to convey, 
  • what reading flow do you want to present – what should be the order of reading data,
  • what type of data you present and what kind of charts fit them best. PowerPoint has built-in more than 15 different kinds of charts, so it’s worth getting familiar with them while working on a presentation. However, I recommend using the basic simple charts, especially on such busy slides.

Let’s remember about the readability. The charts’ look must be consistent. Using too many colors and too small space between elements will make the slide overwhelming and hard to read.

Present the Customer Profile on the Dashboard

To present the customer profile on one slide it’s good to create a one-sheet document that contains key information about your ideal customers and their interactions with your business in one place. You can visualize it on a single concise slide, like this:

customer-profile-dashboard-example

Information presented on the slide above covers such data as:

  • client’s demographic categories
  • country population
  • market size
  • client’s age 
  • client’s gender
  • education level
  • place of living
  • income

It’s quite a lot, that’s why the slide is divided into six sections grid and covered with the gray and turquoise colors only. It lets us focus on presented data and does not distract with a variety of colors. To make each section easier to understand we symbolized it with a proper icon.

Working with Data Heavy Slides in PowerPoint – What to Remember about Dashboards

Data reporting can be much more efficient when it’s presented in an attractive and easy-to-digest way. Using dashboard layouts will help you to transform your data visually. But it’s still needed to remember about few simple rules connected with data and charts presentation:

  • analyze the data you want to present and match them with a proper chart type – for example: to show data change over time ( like sales trends, website traffic) use a line chart. To present percentage data like education level use the donut or pie chart. To compare data from multiple categories use column and bar charts. Prefer simple charts over complex ones. 
  • use color coding  – some colors have a natural association with some state, for example, red is for alarm or negative status, green is for good results and positive status and orange is a state in the middle. 
  • enrich your data with icons – properly chosen icons can perfectly reflect the meaning or the title of the data section. The human brain can remember data better when they are illustrated with symbols.

I’m sure that with these basic design rules, you can make a stunning presentation and overall impression.

Resource: Dashboard Layouts for Executive Data Report Presentation PowerPoint Template

The examples above used the graphics from a PowerPoint template on the topic of Dashboard Layouts. All slides are available in the infoDiagram collection of presentation graphics.

Dashboard Layouts for Executive Data Report PPT Presentation

Moreover, see how you can extend your data presentation and illustrate HR data using dashboards.

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