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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Making an Infographic

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Making an Infographic

An infographic is a visually pleasing display of information. You can think of it as a colorful and informative chart or graph with words and images, or a visual article. Infographics have grown to be a highly popular and essential tool for content marketing. People love and respond well to both visuals and stories, so marketers are using that to their advantage. As more and more marketers get in on this trend, competition increases. For the best results, keep this advice in mind!

1. Create a Focus

What is the story you are going to tell with this infographic? What is the message you want to get across?

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These are questions to ask yourself because that’s how you’ll decide on the infographic’s focus. Once you decide on your infographic’s main focus, limit yourself to only that one. Don’t lose sight of what the infographic is about or you will lose your audience’s attention.

Ultimately, your infographic’s headline should be based on that one focus as well, short and to the point. Take this infographic for example, “Superheroes in the Work Force.” This title implies that the infographic is going to tell a story about what each superhero would do if they had a job. The infographic doesn’t state every fact about superheroes, it stays true to its focus.

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    2. Highlight the Most Important Information

    If your infographic contains statistics, make sure you highlight the most important ones. Your infographic should flow from the most shocking statistics to the least. Since infographics are a visual tool, accompany these statistics with graphs or images, and of course a little blurb explaining what the statistic is. Also, double check the statistics. Verify that they’re current and that the source you pulled them from is reputable. Just like a press release, don’t hide the lead. Put the most newsworthy piece of information at the top.

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    3. Keep it Simple

    Simple is the way to go when it comes to infographics. This includes your information, color scheme, fonts, and images. Part of keeping it simple ties into the thought of highlighting the most important information. You may think you’re creating a useful infographic by loading it with facts, but the truth is, you’re making it too congested. It’s also important to stick to a color scheme, one that isn’t all dark colors. Too many colors is distracting. The same goes for fonts. Choose two or three readable fonts and stick with them. Last but not least, images. They should be one style throughout the entire infographic. This way, the infographic is consistent and clean.

    4. Cite Your Sources

    Give credit to your sources! It’s likely you’ll need to do some research while creating your infographic. List those sources at the bottom. If it doesn’t conflict with the flow and appearance of your infographic, you can cite in the middle as well.

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    5. Make it Easy to Share

    One of the main points of making an infographic is for people to share it. That’s why it’s crucial to make it easy to share. In order to accomplish this, you should embed the completed infographic into a blog post, share it on your social media channels, share it with bloggers in the industry, and submit it to infographic sharing websites.

    The process of making an infographic can be fun, but it’s the most fun when you realize your infographic is being shared all over the web. For the best results, and the possibility of it going viral, consider all of these tips while creating your infographic. The world of content marketing is forever growing, so learn the skills you need to grow along with it!

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

    Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

    So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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    1. Listen

    Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

    2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

    Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

    “Why do you want to do that?”

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    “What makes you so excited about it?”

    “How long has that been your dream?”

    You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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    3. Encourage

    This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

    4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

    After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

    5. Dream

    This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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    6. Ask How You Can Help

    Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

    7. Follow Up

    Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

    Final Thoughts

    By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

    Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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