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Empower Presentation with Charts and Graphs

How to engage, attract and impress audience during presentation? There is an easy skill to solve this problem: use charts and graphs to make your presentation slides visually attractive and pleasing.

Here are some basic types of charts and graphs. Beware of the principles to use them. You can gain more from Edraw Max – an automatic tool for making cool charts and graphs. It only takes less than 10 minutes to make a gorgeous chart or graph.

1) Column Chart (Vertical Bar)

A column chart (column graph) is a chart with vertically-arranged columns – the height of which represents the value. It is best for comparing means or percentages between 2 to 7 different groups. As you can see from the example below, each column is separated by blank space. For this reason, the x-axis should be based on a scale that has mutually exclusive categories. Categories that are based on a continuous scale are better suited for a histogram.

Wedding Cost Column Chart

This is a 3D bar chart showing different categories of cost in wedding. We can see at a glance that Venue, Catering & Rentals is the biggest cost. It is created by Edraw – a cool tool for making charts and graphs.

2) Horizontal Bar Charts

A bar chart (bar graph) is a chart with horizontally-arranged bars (rectangular or cylinder) – the lengths of which are proportional to the values that they represent. This kind of chart is used when comparing the mean or percentages of 8 or more different groups. Similar to the column chart, the horizontal bar chart should only be used when comparing categories that are mutually exclusive.

Sales Comparison Chart Template

This bar chart compares 8 salesmen’s sales performance in 2 years. The first comparison is from the perspective of salesmen, which is illustrated by bar length differences. By using different colors, the difference between two years can be shown clearly.

3) Pie Charts

A pie chart (circle graph) is a circular chart that is divided into slices to illustrate proportion. Pie charts are perfect for illustrating a sample break down in a single dimension. In other words, it is best to use pie charts when you want to show differences within different parts based on one variable. It is important to remember that pie charts should only be used with a group of categories that are the parts of a whole.

Smartphone Ownership Pie

Pie charts in the above example show the smartphone ownership percentage in different age groups.

4) Line Charts

A line chart is made by a series of data points that are connected by a line. Line charts provides clear demonstration of trends over time. This is done most often to measure the long term progression of sales, or any other empirical statistic important to businesses or organizations. It can also be used to compare two different variables over a period of time. See an example below.

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