Better Presentations

Better Presentations

A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

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Baker & Taylor
Designed for presenters of scholarly or data-intensive content, a practical guide for developing clear, sophisticated and visually captivating presentation shares the best techniques to display work and the best tactics for winning over audiences. Original.

Columbia Univ Pr

Designed for presenters of scholarly or data-intensive content, Better Presentations details essential strategies for developing clear, sophisticated, and visually captivating presentations. 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.


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.

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Schwabish presents readers with a comprehensive guide to the creation and delivery of research, sales, work, and a wide variety of other professional presentations. He has organized the nine chapters that make up the main body of his text in three parts devoted to designing, building, and giving a professional presentation. Individual chapters are focused on theory, planning, and design; data visualization slides; and many other related subjects. The author is a senior research associate for the Urban Institute think tank in Washington D.C. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 0231175213 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780231175210 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 658.452 SCH
Characteristics: xii, 177 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

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