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Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

byJonathan Schwabish

Paperback | November 15, 2016

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Whether you are a university professor, researcher at a think tank, graduate student, or analyst at a private firm, chances are that at some point you have presented your work in front of an audience. Most of us approach this task by converting a written document into slides, but the result is often a text-heavy presentation saddled with bullet points, stock images, and graphs too complex for an audience to decipher-much less understand. Presenting is fundamentally different from writing, and with only a little more time, a little more effort, and a little more planning, you can communicate your work with force and clarity.

Designed for presenters of scholarly or data-intensive content, Better Presentations details essential strategies for developing clear, sophisticated, and visually captivating presentations. Following three core principles-visualize, unify, and focus-Better Presentations describes how to visualize data effectively, find and use images appropriately, choose sensible fonts and colors, edit text for powerful delivery, and restructure a written argument for maximum engagement and persuasion. With a range of clear examples for what to do (and what not to do), the practical package offered in Better Presentations shares the best techniques to display work and the best tactics for winning over audiences. It pushes presenters past the frustration and intimidation of the process to more effective, memorable, and persuasive presentations.

Jonathan Schwabish is a senior research associate at the Urban Institute's Income and Benefits Policy Center. He is also a member of the Institute's communication team, specializing in data visualization and presentation design. He has published widely in economics journals, including the National Tax Journal, the Journal of Human Res...
Title:Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and WonksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pagesPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231175213

ISBN - 13:9780231175210

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I. Designing Your Presentation1. Theory, Planning, and Design2. Color3. TypePart II. Building Your Presentation4. The Text Slide5. The Data Visualization Slide6. The Image Slide7. The Scaffolding SlidesPart III. Giving Your Presentation8. Presenting9. The Technical Nitty GrittyConclusionsFurther ReadingsReferences

Editorial Reviews

Data visualization has provided a new set of powerful tools to help analysts communicate their ideas more clearly and effectively. Jon Schwabish helped to pioneer the use of these tools in the policy community, and Better Presentations is full of valuable insights that teach his approach to others. Both new and experienced analysts would benefit immensely from reading this book.