Column charts are often used to compare values across categories. As a specific example, we’ve plotted the number of social media followers a website might have on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
If you want to present more complex data using the same basic type of chart, you could do so with a clustered-column chart or stacked-column chart. In the examples below, an additional detail has been added: the number of social media followers per continent. As you can see, each color represents one continent.
In these charts you can see the differences between a clustered-column chart and a stacked-column chart. With a clustered chart, it’s easy to compare the number of followers from different continents, for each different platform. With the stacked chart, the numbers of followers are visually aggregated for each social platform. Thus you can readily tell each continent’s contribution to the total number of followers, for each platform. In statistics, this is called part-to-whole relationship.It’s also possible to combine clustered and stacked-column charts in one graph. This trick is ideal for comparing targets (revenue targets, for example) versus actual data. MS Office doesn’t offer this chart type yet, but you can follow these step-by-step instructions as laid out by the Peltier Tech Blog to create one.
If you find this article useful, you might also want to check the other articles in this charts series:
In the first article in our Charts Series, we tackled the question of when to use bar and column charts. In this new article (second in the series) let’s proceed to the similarities and differences between line charts and area charts.
Line and area charts have a similar look. In a line chart, you see a series of data points connected by line segments. An area chart has as similar look and function, but with one major difference – the area beneath each line is filled with a different color. This can present a problem: the color beneath one line can cover up some of the area beneath other lines, as well the lines themselves.
Occlusion and Number of Data Sets
A line chart is good for comparing multiple data series. Even if you plot up to seven series of data, you’ll normally still be able to understand and analyze the direction of the lines. Unfortunately the same can’t be done with an area chart, due to the occlusion factor. Data series with smaller values may be partially or completely hidden by data series with larger values, as you can see in the examples below. Read more
When you’ve got a large volume of quantitative information to present, charts are almost always your best way to go. Figures are much easier to make sense of when presented graphically. Whether your purpose is to compare, show relationships or highlight trends, charts let your audience visualize your message. Take a look at this Google Slides bundle of charts.
Slideshare’s potential contribution to your business isn’t a secret anymore. With 18 million uploads in a wide variety of content categories, this presentation platform has made a big name for itself in the world of digital marketing. In fact, it’s currently among the top 100 most-visited websites in the world.
Success on this platform requires time and effort, not only in slide design but also in content preparation. At first, writing Slideshares may seem challenging, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll enjoy the process.
Picking a color palette for your presentation is an important step in slide design. Colors can help evoke emotions in your audience, and heighten your message’s impact, too.
It’s important to use a consistent color scheme throughout the presentation. The trick is deciding on what that scheme should be! Presenters who don’t have a background in design may find this challenging. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent and easily accessible tools to guide your choices.
You never know when you might be asked – quite unexpectedly – to get up and give a talk about some subject.
It might happen at a meeting or event, when a featured speaker is late arriving; someone has to fill in the time, and you’re chosen!
Or, at a colleague’s farewell party, you might be asked – totally out of the blue – to get up and say a few words about your experiences with the guest of honor.
And have you ever been in a meeting where a manager suddenly asked you to share your thoughts about your role in a particular project?
It takes a good deal of courage to speak when you’ve had time to prepare thoroughly. But when you have no prior warning, and no preparation, things can really get frightening. Still, someday you’re likely to run across a situation similar to the ones described above. So it’s wise and worthwhile to invest a little time building up some skill at impromptu speaking. Here are four guidelines to help you in rising to this type of challenge:
In 2008, Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy, expressed her interest in replacing Hilary Clinton as a U.S. Senator from New York. In a televised interview, she explained to cable channel New York One why communication skills are crucial to being an effective legislator. Yet in the space of their 30-minute interview, she used the phrase “you know” 168 times. Not surprisingly, this excessive use of filler words drew some flak from viewers. Just a few weeks later, Ms. Kennedy ended her senate campaign for “personal reasons.”
Have you ever had to suffer through a get-acquainted meeting that went badly? You know the kind – people are embarrassed, stage-frightened, or just plain unwilling to open up. It’s a waste of time (or worse), and an embarrassment for everyone involved. If you’re ever called upon to facilitate a get-acquainted activity, here are some proven techniques for making it useful, informative and even fun.
When speakers are asked to talk on a particular topic, some tend to believe that the more information they share, the better. There’s a too-common notion that sharing everything you know will help the audience considerably improve their personal or professional lives – and that the more you tell, the greater your credibility. And so these speakers unload vast volumes of facts, statistics, opinions, opposing views, secrets and speculations, all with no regard for the dangers of audience information overload.
Let’s face it: delivering any talk is often a hair-raising experience. Even many of the most experienced speakers admit that keeping cool in front of an expectant audience doesn’t always come automatically. Yet the quality of your delivery very definitely matters. A lot. If you’re flabby or disorganized, or if you just don’t manage to be compelling in what you say, your credibility is going to suffer. Your self-confidence is going to suffer some dents, too.
Fortunately, the reverse is also true: if your delivery is smooth, well-thought-out and compelling, you boost your credibility with your audience – and your self-confidence, too.