IBCSⓇ With Success - Successful reports and presentations


per person
(early bird and group discounts available.)
1 days course
As an expert in your field, you have processed important and accurate data. Yet it takes much more to present this data successfully to management or customers. Focus here must be on your message because recipients will only be able to understand you if you really say what must be said. Management reports require clear notation, as is the case with maps or sheets of music.
Successful communication is based on binding rules. The effectiveness of communicating data driven information, decisions and proposals is improved by the application of consistent standards and simplification of the essentials, adhering to the seven core principles of SUCCESS:
SAY: Convey a message
UNIFY: Apply semantic notation
CONDENSE: Increase information density
CHECK: Ensure visual integrity
EXPRESS: Choose proper visualisation
SIMPLIFY: Avoid clutter
STRUCTURE: Organise content
Find extensive information and many examples of how this works in practice at the IBCS Association and HICHERT+FAISST websites.

Who Should Attend?

Accountants, analysts, business intelligence specialists, analytic specialists, report designers/developers, dashboard designers/developers.

Why Attend?

Attending this training will help you significantly improve your reporting:
Quality: Improved reporting quality standards means reports and presentations are much easier to understand, deliver clearer information, and ultimately lead to better decisions.
Reaction time: Reduced reaction times add value to the overall decision-making process. Management and executives can make decisions faster and drive action. Business analysts can answer questions more quickly.
Cost: Standardised, reusable report templates save time and cost for analysts and administrators. The delivery time of new reports and presentations will be shorter.


The objective of this training course is to present universal design standards for reports and presentations. In turn, this will help participants report and present more effectively – with numerous before-and-after examples taken from actual practice.
The objective of this training course is to present universal design standards for reports and presentations. In turn, this will help participants report and present more effectively – with numerous before-and-after examples taken from actual practice.


  • Management reports: Reports should have something interesting to report
  • Presentations: The PowerPoint culture must be questioned
  • The SUCCESS formula of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS®)
  • Focus on the message
  • Detect, explain, or suggest
  • Use homogeneous, non-overlapping and exhaustive elements
  • Build hierarchical structures
  • Show logical structure
  • Use correct chart type
  • Add comparisons and variances
  • Explain causes
  • Avoid noise
  • Avoid redundancies
  • Replace with cleaner layout
  • Utilize space
  • Add data
  • Add report elements
  • Avoid manipulated axes
  • Avoid misleading representations
  • Use the same scales
  • Unify terminology
  • Apply IBCS® Notation to report elements
  • Unify analyses
  • Significant results
  • Practical application
This training course includes over 25 hands-on exercises to help participants “learn by doing” and to assist group discussions around real-life use cases. Each attendee receives an extensive training manual which covers the theory, practical applications and use cases, exercises and solutions together with a USB with all the materials required for the training.
The course starts at 09:30 on the first day and ends at 17:00. On the second day the course starts at 09:00 and ends at 17:00.
Students must bring their own laptop with an active version of Tableau Desktop 10.5 (or later) pre-installed.
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