Different Types of Line and Bar Charts

Principles of Chart Design

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Create presentation charts that get your message across quickly and clearly to drive your audience to action.

Duration: 2.5 hours (Approximately 90 minutes of video lessons and 60 minutes of exercises)

Most presentations are awful. Not only do they lack a story but the charts used to convey information are cluttered, confusing, and distracting. These issues lead to long, pointless meetings, constant rework of bad charts, and leave your audience with a bad impression of your work.

In this course, you’ll learn how to design charts that are consistent, concise, clear, and clean. The course covers:

  • The basic elements of charts and why they’re important
  • The types of quantitative charts and the appropriate situation to use each one
  • The types of qualitative charts and when to use them
  • The 4 C’s of charting: consistent, concise, clear, and clean and how to apply them
  • How storylines connect to and drive chart design

Throughout the course, you’ll be introduced to various chart types and styles and go through exercises where you’ll apply the tools and techniques to actual presentations and charts on which you’re working so you can see the real-world application of these methods and how they improve the quality of your work product.

The course consists of instructor-introduced concepts, practical application exercises, and supporting materials.

The target audience for this course consists of individuals in analytical or persuasive roles at mid- to senior levels of corporations (e.g., analysts, managers, mid-level executives). The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Clearer communications for more efficient and effective decision making and reduced decision making time
  • Less rework of bad presentations and charts
  • Fewer meetings spent figuring out confusing data and frameworks and more time spent on executing the ideas the charts are trying to convey

Mike Lynn has been helping people learn for 25 years. His experiences span informal and formal training, extensive delivery and facilitation, one-on-one coaching, virtual learning and training management. He has run the training function for a 300 person global consulting firm, served as the local office learning manager for the Midwest office of McKinsey & Company, trained extensively on professional skills, communications, and problem solving. He served numerous clients in an individual coaching capacity. At McKinsey & Company he focused on training and individual coaching on a wide range of communications topics, and then broadened his role to focus on problem-solving skills, management, team development, and MBTI. Mike was responsible for leading training programs for new consultants and engagement managers. Mike is a principal at thoughtLEADERS where he leads training on communications, chart design, problem solving, and executive presence.


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Communication Best Practices
From Fact to Synthesis
Quantitative Charts
Conceptual Charts
Page Design
Communication Leadership
Applying the Method
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