• 12 minutes

What is Visio® and Why Should I Use It


The stars might lie but the numbers never do.

Almost 50% of our brains are involved in visual processing. And 70% of our sensory receptors are in our eyes. People following directions with illustrations do 323% better than those following text directions alone; which concludes that we’re hardwired to process images. Visio® makes it easy and intuitive to create flowcharts, diagrams, organization charts, floor plans, engineering designs, and more, using modern shapes and templates with the familiar Office™ experience. In this video our speaker, Jay R. Carlson, reviews the versatility of Visio and why you should use it.

Runtime: 11 minutes



Jay R. Carlson

Jay R. Carlson

  • Principal and co-owner of, an IT solutions company
  • Microsoft® Certified System Engineer (MCSE) as well as a Microsoft® Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA)
  • More than 25 years of experience in the IT industry and 20 years as a technical writer, including working as the technical lead at a top software company supporting their financial software
  • Through, co-wrote OfficeFest 2007, a self-published series of training modules that includes Using Microsoft® Excel® for Financial Analysis, Microsoft® Excel® Pivot Tables and Charts, as well as “Visual Basic for Applications in Microsoft® Excel® 2007”
  • Co-developed commercial SQL solutions and well-reviewed iPhone® applications
  • Graduate, Southern Illinois University; master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in finance, University of Montana; associate’s degree in journalism

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