Week 4 – Developing presentations and slideshows

share data through the art of visualization weekly challenge 4

1. A data analyst gives a presentation about predicting upcoming investment opportunities. How does establishing a hypothesis help the audience understand their predictions?

  • It describes the data thoroughly
  • It summarizes the findings succinctly
  • It visualizes the data clearly and concisely
  • It provides context about the presentation’s purpose


2. According to the McCandless Method, what is the most effective way to first present a data visualization to an audience?

  • Answer obvious questions before they’re asked
  • State the insight of the graphic
  • Tell the audience why the graphic matters
  • Introduce the graphic by name

3. You are preparing for your first presentation at a new job. Which strategies can help you combat nervousness about presentations? Select all that apply.

  • Improvise your material to speak naturally
  • Practice and prepare your material
  • Do breathing exercises to calm your body down
  • Channel your nervousness into excitement about your topic


4. You are preparing for a presentation and want to make sure your nerves don’t distract you from your presentation. Which practices can help you stay focused on an audience? Select all that apply.

  • Speak as quickly and briefly as possible
  • Use short sentences
  • Keep the pitch of your voice level
  • Be mindful of nervous habits

5. You are running a colleague test with your coworkers. One coworker points out that she doesn’t understand one of your graphs. What can you do to prepare for presenting to your stakeholders? Select all that apply.

  • Redesign the graph
  • Elaborate on the data from the graph
  • Move the graph to a later slide
  • Remove the graph

6. Your stakeholders express concern that the results of your analysis are very different from the predictions they made last year. Which kind of objection are they making?

  • Data
  • Analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Findings


7. A stakeholder objects to the steps of your analysis. What are some appropriate ways to respond to this objection? Select all that apply.

  • Explain why you think any discrepancies exist
  • Take steps to investigate your analysis question further
  • Communicate the assumptions you made in your analysis
  • Defend the results of your analysis

8. You notice that your audience is not as engaged as you’d like during your Q&A. Which of the following are ways to get them more involved?

  • Keep your pitch level
  • Repeat your key findings
  • Wait longer for the audience to ask questions
  • Ask them for insights

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9. A purchaser at your company wants to optimize the price they will pay to order office supplies for the coming year. Which of the following is a good initial hypothesis to test in order to help the purchaser optimize their spending? Select all that apply.

  • Office supply prices increase seasonally.
  • Office supply prices remain the same throughout the year.
  • The budget for office supplies should increase.
  • The budget for office supplies can remain the same.

10. According to the McCandless method, when should you present the data that supports insights?

  • After stating insights
  • Before stating insights
  • At the end of the presentation
  • At the beginning of the presentation
  • While stating insights

Devendra Kumar

Project Management Apprentice at Google

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