clown

Why do people insist on using “professional looking charts” in their presentations? If I wanted to divert the audience’s attention from the data, I would get a professional clown suit, instead. I would look professional. Not exactly the professional-looking presenter people expect in a corporate environment, but nevertheless a professional.

Meet professional-looking Mr. and Mrs. Gulliver and their Lilliputian friends (courtesy from SmartDraw):

bad-bar-population-chart

(This may be a pet peeve of mine, but whenever I hear the expression “professional-looking charts” I reach for my Browning.)