Discover a simple way to choose the right type of PowerPoint chart and convey your message effectively.
Most relationships between objects can be categorized into one of the 8 common types. They are:
- Cause and effect
- Part – whole
These first 4 relatioships were covered in Part 1This article explores the following 4 relationships:
- Compare and Contrast
- Filters and funnels
- Matrix and
We will explore these 4 relationships in this part. Like we did in the first part, we’ll use 5 random objects – A, B, C, D and E and define their relationships to grasp the basic idea quickly.
5. Compare and Contrast:
This relationship depicts evaluation of options. For example, in the above chart, there are 5 factors with varying values. Each factor impacts the position of the scale positively or negatively.
A common representation of this type of relationship is PowerPoint balance or PowerPoint scales. Here are some variations that compare and contrast options:
The Yin Yang shows a contrasting yet supporting relationship. Thumb up, thumbs down options show the factors for and against an idea.
The balance shows evaluation of positives and negatives. Text boxes with dos and don’ts give directions.
Do your objects have ‘compare and contrast’ relationship? If yes, explore the exact nature of the relationship to create an effective PowerPoint chart.
Related: Tutorial to create Balance
6. Filters and Funnels
In this relationship, there are inputs and outputs. Outputs may not be the same as inputs. For example, in the above chart – A, B and C are retained in the funnel, while D and E pass through.
There may be a number of variations in the filtering process. Take a look at some examples:
These type of diagrams are usually used to represent sales prospecting, recruitment process, sales pipeline etc.
Is there a ‘filtering or funneling’ relationship in the objects you are trying to define? Then, choose a chart type that depicts the specific relationship.
Related: PowerPoint Filter Tutorial
A matrix is used for initial sorting of qualitative data based on a set of parameters. Matrix relationship is used extensively by consultants. There are a whole lot of well-known matrix diagrams like SWOT analysis, PEST analysis, BCG analysis etc.
In the above relationship – A, B, C and D are four quadrants of a 2X2 matrix.Take a look at some variations here:
A decision matrix uses multiple parameters to help you make a decision.
However, not all matrix diagrams are deep and complex. In fact, even a simple PowerPoint table shows matrix relationship:
Study your objects closely and define their specific matrix relationship.
8. List Relationship
This is the simplest of relationships. A list is nothing but a collection of related items.
In the above chart, A, B, C, D and E represent a simple sequence of alphabets.
Sometimes a list can capture much deeper relationship between objects. For example, in the following example, we used a list to capture timeline and project roadmap.
Sometimes, a list could be a set of options to choose from or a set of outcomes of an idea.
Don’t use lists as the default option to tie up objects. Explore your options carefully to express the exact nature of the relationship.
Conclusion about PowerPoint Chart:
Knowing the exact nature of relationship helps you in choosing the right chart.
The charts used as examples to explain the relationship are part of our CEO PowerPoint diagram templates pack. The pack has more than 750 unique and fully editable PowerPoint charts to help you capture any visual relationship you need in a quick and precise way.
The diagrams included in the pack go far beyond the basic relationships. They help you capture even the subtle shades in relationship accurately.
Return to Top of PowerPoint Chart Part 2 Page