Like any communication skill, how well you can present numbers has a huge effect on how well your audience understands you. When presenting numbers, you are sending signals to your audience about your intelligence, professionalism, and respect for your audience.
You should read Painting with Numbers if you:
- Communicate with numbers as a central part of your job, as an accountant or other finance professional
- Present numbers as part of your function as a lawyer, investor, HR professional, fundraiser, etc.
- Work in a fiscal management, taxation, healthcare and other areas of public policy where presenting and understanding numbers are critical
- Are pursuing a degree in business, engineering or other career where communicating with numbers is critical
- Read, listen to, and make decisions based on numbers presented to you Communicate with numbers only occasionally, but when that skill is needed, the stakes are very high for you
Many books have been written about writing and speaking, such as Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style and Lynn Truss’ Eats, Shoots & Leaves. But Painting with Numbers is the first book about communicating with numbers.