By Mike Lynn, Principal, thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Principles of Chart Design

Language: English
All Levels

Course description

In this course, you'll learn how to design charts that are consistent, concise, clear, and clean.

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.

Objectives Learn how to design charts that are consistent, concise, clear, and clean. Understand the basic elements of charts and why they’re important. Know the types of quantitative and qualitative charts and the appropriate situation to use each one. Learn how storylines connect to and drive chart design.

Who is it for 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).

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Course overview - 16

  • Introduction

  • Best Practices

  • Synthesis

  • Clear Messages

  • Data to Chart

  • Position Charts

  • Chronology Charts

  • Portion Charts

  • Assortment Charts

  • Concept Charts

  • The Four C's

  • Clarity

  • Applying the Four C's

  • Clean and Concise

  • Leading Communications

  • Next Steps

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Meet your instructor

Mike Lynn
Mike LynnPrincipal, thoughtLEADERS, LLC
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.