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Verbalizing a Chart

Alex Velez reminds us of the spoken side of communication:

I’m confident that I could overcome some of these design challenges by effectively explaining the graph to someone else. Will it be a perfect data communication? No—but sometimes, we have to deal with less-than-ideal circumstances like time limitations, or not having control over our designs. Knowing how to verbalize a graph can be a practical solution when faced with these constraints.

I should caveat this by clarifying that my intention is not to say that we shouldn’t spend time on our visualizations. But too often, we focus only on the visual. We believe that a graph or a picture is worth a thousand words. Or maybe we assume that because we created the chart, we will automatically know how to talk through it. I am super guilty of this!

Read on for some tips on vocalizing a visual.