GOOD Communication: It's No Different in Quantation

Feb 1, 2014

In a recent session of my U.C. Berkeley class, “Presenting Quantitative Data Effectively,” we started with a discussion of the adjectives that describe “good” communication. “Communication” could be spoken or written, and on a sheet of paper, a computer screen, a whiteboard, or through speakers. The adjectives we came up with included, in no particular order:
  • Clear
  • Terse/concise
  • Comprehensible
  • Persuasive
  • Eloquent/elegant
  • Accurate
  • Neat & free of mistakes
  • Knowledgeable
  • Honest & ethical
  • Respectful

Do these adjectives apply to “good” quantation as much as they do to other communication? Are they as relevant for numbers as they are for words? The answer is absolutely yes. In future posts, we’ll take a look at a few of these adjectives individually, and the impact they have on the effectiveness of your quantation.

In the meanwhile, let me know if you have other “goodness” adjectives to suggest.

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