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Having Fun with Statistics

ACTIVITY 1: Fenway Park

  • Fenway seats 33,000 people
  • 33,000 people die each year from suicide

ACTIVITY 2: Presentation

  • You just gave a 16 minute presentation
  • There is one suicide death every 16 minutes

ACTIVITY 3: Chairs

  • Using chairs is a great visual example for percentages
  • Act out numbers/percentages


  • Move your numbers from cold figures to emotional response.
  • Use stories to make numbers more real and memorable
  • Use known references
  • Use pictures
  • Always present the story behind the numbers to make the numbers relevant
  • What does it mean?
  • Where does it come from?
  • What is the data?
  • Why is it important?
  • What actions can you take?
  • Remember a surprise at the end to hook the audience


  • Brian Remer and Kate Koski
  • Articles Made to Stick from Fast Company magazine
  • Wolfram Search Engine for statistical examples
  • How to lie with statistics
  • Miniature earth from Google


For a list of Sheila’s books, check out



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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