In this article, we will give ideas for how to illustrate business growth with images. You can literally show your clients, peers, (and any other audience) that you’ve made progress or that you aspire to a goal.
Presenting complex concepts
Complex concepts such as general business growth can be difficult to explain. Breaking big ideas down into smaller, simple, digestible pieces can make it easier for your audience to understand and retain. Nature-based imagery is especially powerful because it has such deeply ingrained meaning. This means the focus can be on what you actually intend to say rather than on getting hung up on the varying complexities of your intended message.
Growth imagery: ways to share your ideas
How can you utilize natural growth imagery? There are many methods. Trees with stairs can be used to illustrate developing concepts.
Plants which are growing usually noted with leaves. By adding outlines to the images or additional ideas or details you can use to clarify your intentions and ideas.
The same can be done with more decorative design elements like flowers.
You could also put plants along a curvy path to stylize images.
Whether you choose to have your plants on a curvy path or on stairs, they are all easy to customize with other outline or flat icons.
Making growth diagrams live & interactive
You may easily add interactive elements to your presentation
Once you have a growth diagram, it’s only one step to make it live. If you present one step a time you can add a simple animation to each growth stage.
Here are a few effects I recommend from the PowerPoint animation menu. Generally, I suggest a subtle animation, for example:
- PowerPoint’s ‘Fly-In’ or ‘Float In’ effect. Choose a direction fitting the logic of the growth picture – from the left for stairs diagram, or from the bottom for plants.
- ‘Wipe’ from the bottom looks good for plants and tree diagrams, as well for parts of roadmap slides if you make the wipe go in the direction of the roadmap.
- A simple ‘fade’ effect on the growth stage
Growth images can be game-changing
You can relay complicated information visually. It doesn’t matter if you choose stair diagrams, a metaphor of a growing plant or uphill road. You can create your own set of simple step graphics with a set of rectangles on a diagonal line. Using any kind of clear visual is better than text bullet points. This makes it easier for audiences to process complex details.
If you plan to use growth-related graphics, let us know! We’d like to see how others are using our images to share challenging information. If you aren’t sure of how you can easily explain a topic with a professional graphics set, reach out. We’d love to hear from you.
Get your own growth diagrams
If one of our images doesn’t exactly match your needs, you can create your own or recreate a modified one of ours. You can design simpler versions using basic PowerPoint arrows and symbols. If you would like to view our pre-made growth diagrams you can get them here:
We also have general diagrams. You can check out our infographics bundles which include creative PowerPoint timelines, lists and comparisons.