I’m working on a couple of projects at the moment whereby I’ve been asked to take a lengthy report (anything up to 50 pages and beyond) and turn it into a one page visual summary.

After all, who has the time or energy to read through a 50 page report? And even if you do, are you able to recite the key points afterwards?

It’s so powerful to have a one page visual summary so people can readily digest the information, grasp the key points and furthermore, remember what those key points were.

Would you like to be able to do this with your own reports? Here are some steps to consider:

1. What are the three biggest takeaways from the report? If you really had to choose only three, what would they be? 

2. Do these points take the form of a narrative? If so what 

sequence do they follow?

3. What are the crucial supporting points for each main takeaway point?

4. Does the content lend itself well to a particular metaphor?

5. What images come to mind when you think of the content?

Still stuck on ideas? Read the report then immediately record yourself talking through what you’ve just read. Don’t talk for longer than three minutes. Listen back and jot down the key points. Develop a visual for this. 

I hope this has helped you to think about what is possible for your reports. If you want to take this further you can:

1. Build your visual thinking skills by signing up to Secrets of Simple Graphics

2. Speak to me about 1:1 visual coaching (or commissioning a piece) 

You could also…just go for it! You may already have all the skills you need. Remember half the battle with this kind of work is making the commitment to getting out of your comfort zone and giving it a bash.