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

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

by Jonathan Schwabish

NOOK Book(eBook)

$13.49 $23.99 Save 44% Current price is $13.49, Original price is $23.99. You Save 44%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231542791
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

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 Resources, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is the coauthor, with Robert Haveman and Andrew Bershadker, of Human Capital in the United States from 1975 to 2000: Patterns of Growth and Utilization (2006). He can be found on Twitter at @jschwabish.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Designing Your Presentation
1. Theory, Planning, and Design
2. Color
3. Type
Part II. Building Your Presentation
4. The Text Slide
5. The Data Visualization Slide
6. The Image Slide
7. The Scaffolding Slides
Part III. Giving Your Presentation
8. Presenting
9. The Technical Nitty Gritty
Conclusions
Further Readings
References

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews