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Reader-Friendly Reports: A No-nonsense Guide to Effective Writing for MBAs, Consultants, and Other Professionals by Carter Daniel

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GRAPHS AND CHARTS

The four questions about graphs are (1) whether, (2) where, (3) how, and (4) which.

Whether to Use a Graph

Yes, yes, yes. Use as many as you sensibly can. Well-drawn graphs are tremendous attention grabbers and are more effective than many pages of prose in making a point. Look at any issue of Bloomberg Businessweek to see how graphs can make a smashing headline for an article. You’ll find things like this:

Figure 1

Wiftandia’s Balance of Payments Is Improving Dramatically

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Having seen only this much (12 square inches, 30 seconds) you already have a clear outline of the whole subject.

Where to Put the Graphs

First of all, a graph ...

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