- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118172574
- ISBN-13: 978-1118172575
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 10 inches
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Painting with Numbers does an excellent job of coveringall the topics that go into effectively communicating with numbers.Bolten’s style of writing is engaging, entertaining, and,most important, effective at delivering his message. This bookhasn’t only become a key reference on my bookshelf, but Ialso now have a comprehensive, textbook-style reference to use whenI mentor others on communicating effectively with numbers." (BillBoehman, CMA, CPA, Strategic Finance Magazine, January2013)"There actually are quite a lot of annoying things that accountantsand analysts do with spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. Bythe time I finished the first section of the book, I had thought offive or six experienced accountants at clients or companies I aminvestigating to whom I would like to give this book." (TheValue Examiner, Sept/Oct 2012)
"If you're doing investment pitches, you should read this book.If you're doing a pitch I'm going to see, I want you to have readthis book. And if you're a startup CFO, finance lead, bean counter,or presentation slide deck preparer, then you should read thisbook." (Gust.com, June 2012)
"Do you want to tell a story with numbers? If so, I recommendyou run, don't walk, to buy this book." (Life Insurance SellingMagazine, June 2012)
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"I highly recommend the very accessible and process based bookPainting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other NumbersSo People Will Understand You by Randall Bolten, to anyone inbusiness, public policy making, analysis, science, or anyoccupation or profession who works with numbers and must presentthat data to an audience. This book will improve your numeric andoverall presentation skills, boost your career, and create a moresuccessful business."
—Wayne Hurlbert, Blog Business World
"Painting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and OtherNumbers So People Will Understand You [is] a book that willhelp you overcome the stigma of presenting numbers and allow you togive more effective presentations involving numbers.... For thosein the financial world, Bolten's book is perfect if you're lookingto give more successful presentations. It's as simple as that. Youwill be doing yourself – and your career – a hugefavor."
—David Domzalski, FinancialBin.com
"Painting with Numbers, by Randall Bolten [is] the bestbook I've seen on how to present numbers with skill. Randall was aCFO for twenty years in Silicon Valley, so he's got the benefit ofseeing all the various ways, shapes, and sizes that people thrownumbers around. He's exactly the right person to learn fromwhen it comes to seeing through the numbers, knowing what theymean, and knowing how to present them more effectively to speak thetruth, and to make better decisions ... in work and in life.
It's a book I'm going to recommend to the people I mentor tohelp them advance their careers and take their game to the nextlevel."
—J.D. Meier, MSDN Blogs
FROM SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
"I've seen Randy Bolten's presentation about his book,Painting with Numbers(Wiley 2012) twice. Randy focuses oncommunicating numerical data. As a former CFO in the semiconductorindustry, he has faced many a room full of high-level executives,and he has seen many a financial presentation -- some clear, manynot so clear. His precepts are down-to-earth tips that anyone canlearn to use. Simple, but not trivial. They fit into the half-hourbetween generating the numbers and publishing the report."
—Richard Mateosian, STC Fellow (Society for TechnicalCommunication)
"Randall's relaxed and personable presentation style made iteasy to connect with the audience. He brought the definition of"quantation" to life with useful examples of how we, asprofessional communicators, can more clearly present financialinformation. I've seen enough bad presentations in my career toknow that this information will be helpful to many."
—David Gennarelli, Director, Investor Relations,Autodesk, Inc., and President, SF chapter of NIRI (NationalInvestor Relations Institute)
"Great presentation! Randall is an engaging and hugelyknowledgeable speaker, who gave us a much-needed wake-up call aboutthe importance of mastering financial communication. Not only wasit useful, but thanks to Randall's humor and warmth, everyoneenjoyed the ride. I highly recommend him!"
—Rikke Jorgensen, VP Programs & ProfessionalDevelopment, International Association of Business Communicators,San Francisco chapter
From the Inside Flap
You have a lot of numbers to report or present, and your readers or listeners will give you only a few minutes to get your point across. Presenting numerical information coherently is a communication skill, and like any other communication skill, how well you do this has a dramatic effect on your audience's understanding of your narrative. Moreover, they will not distinguish between you and the information you are providing when forming conclusions about your professional and personal credibility. With Painting with Numbers, you'll discover how to present numbers clearly and effectively so your ideas and your presentation resonate with your audience. This is a skill that can be learned.
During his nearly twenty years as a CFO in Silicon Valley, author Randall Bolten learned that small changes in the way numbers were presented made a huge difference in how well they were understood. In Painting with Numbers, you'll learn the art of quantation: the act of presenting numbers articulately for the purpose of informing an audience. Misunderstood reports can lead to mass confusion, and even costly errors. Bolten shows you how to package your material into the "right" presentation to deliver an outstanding performance, every time.
Featuring a wide range of quantation examples, Painting with Numbers covers what you need to know to present numbers so that people can understand them quickly and get the maximum meaning from them. This accessible reference will teach you to:
- Use the Arabic numeral system to your advantage
- Master the layout to convey your information most effectively
- Use visual effects to enhance your reports
- Use software tools, including Excel and PowerPoint, efficiently to drive home your point
- Make graphs comprehensible and meaningful to your audience
- Interact with your audience as a peer
- Maximize the impact of the numbers in your oral presentations
- Add even more meaning to your quantation by combining ratios and other metrics with the basic report information
- Get the words right, and not just the numbers
- Create useful and meaningful management reports
- See how quantation can clarify public policy issues
- Appreciate the role quantation plays in your daily life
Painting with Numbers will show you how to communicate financials and tell your story in a way that is clear, comprehensible, concise, elegant, and, most of all, effective.
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This book is an invaluable tool for getting numerical data across clearly. The book is well designed and it reads well. There is humor in the quotes selected. A lot of thought - and experience - has gone into this work.
Get it! You - Mr., Mrs. or Ms. - Business Person or Not Business Person - will find it highly useful.
NB: I was at Stanford Business School with the author. Apart from remembering that he is very bright, we have only had brief contact since then. My reason for writing this review is that I found answers in this book to tough questions that my software marketing daughter asked me so she is getting it for Christmas.
Secondly, this isn't a read and put away book. This is a reference that can be used everyday when you are putting together presentations and reports.
Randall does a great job of teaching how to communicate and present numbers so that you are credible and communicate effectively with your audience.
This book helps the reader to develop new communication skills that will build credibility and rapport with your audience.
I am sharing this book with my colleagues and my customers and it will be used on a regular basis to help my customers and teammates.
Randall has a way of showing you how to deliver a creditable message to your audience with winning results. Brilliant.
Let's hope business schools and other institutions add this to critical concepts they teach.