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Graphs, diagrams, charts or tables?
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Using graphs, diagrams, charts or tables

The choice will depend on how accurate you want to be and how big the visual impact should be. The most accurate one is the table, which is usually understood with little explanation, but hardly has any visual impact. The greatest visual impact is achieved by using a pictogram, but it is the least accurate. A flow chart is very useful in presenting the number of steps in a process, whereas the pie chart is a very static but clear representation of a situation. Graphs/graphics are excellent for explaining how one element varies relative to changes in another over shorter or longer periods and bar charts are often used to make direct comparisons, but are not very precise.

Whichever visual you choose, remember that it may be clear to you, who knows the facts and has prepared the visual, but it may not be that clear to the listener. You will have to guide your listeners through your diagrams.

Introducing your visuals

Before showing your graph, introduce it to your listeners with the help of one of the following phrases, so that they know what they should focus on:

Useful phrases

  • I would like you to have a look at this diagram.
  • As you can see from this graph.
  • With the following graph I would like to show you ...
  • Let's have a look at the following graph which shows ...
  • Let's look at this sample pie chart.

Tip!
It is essential to mention what exactly you have based your diagram on, e.g.: The horizontal axis shows the time over ten years and the vertical axis shows the volume of sales in number of units.

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