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How the I in FINESSE Creates Effective Communication to Senior Management


The I in FINESSE stands for Illustrate, which includes all of the visuals and videos used in reports and presentations. Are you Communicating with FINESSE?
The I in FINESSE fishbone diagram stands for Illustrate, which includes all of the visuals and videos used in reports and presentations. Are you Communicating with FINESSE?

The I in FINESSE stands for Illustrate. Illustrate includes all the visuals, graphics, videos, and other media used in technical reports and presentations. These three tips provide focused examples.

 

Tables Are More Effective Than Graphs

Graphs are simply a concise method for depicting large amounts of data. A table will suffice in most cases because the data is not large or complex. The rule is always to use a table and sometimes use a graph.


 

Use Shapes Correctly

Using shapes to distort and deceive comparisons is an old trick frequently used for manipulation by one side of an argument. As a trusted advisor, be careful when using a two-dimensional shape to depict a single-dimension measurement such as dollars, number of occurrences, height, or weight. Use a bar chart with a fixed-width bar as a better, less deceiving option.


 

Show the Entire Axis

The broken vertical axis is used more often than you think. It is usually related to a controversial topic where one side is looking to manipulate the receiver's perception to obtain an advantage. Once caught, you are finished as a trusted advisor to a decision maker. Avoid the broken axis.


 

Check Out the Video

We provide the foundations of Illustrate in this 3-minute video.

 

 

The I in FINESSE Creates Effective Communication

The I in the FINESSE fishbone diagram stands for Illustrate. Do you have an approach for communicating big issues with high complexity and uncertainty? Are you Communicating with FINESSE?

 


 

 

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