Written for students, professionals, and social scientists with little or no knowledge of data visualization principles, this complete guide presents step-by-step instructions for clearly and effectively presenting data using MS Office programs. Throughout the book, the focus is on turning raw, quantitative data into attractive, well-designed charts and tables that tell an accurate narrative about underlying information. Helpful illustrations, expert tips for solving common issues, and discussions on working efficiently are included to equip readers with the tools they need to engage their audience using a visual format.

Creating Presentations

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the guiding principles for creating visual presentations
  • Design audience-centric presentation slides
  • Create speaker notes and audience handouts

Research projects don’t end with the successful creation of a report. Whether in a classroom, conference session, or business meeting, report authors often are required to deliver oral presentations based on their written reports. In Chapter 9 we covered reports, documents designed to be read by individuals either in hard copy or on a screen. In this chapter, we discuss presentations, oral delivery of information supported by visual aids. Our present focus is on the development of the visual aids, that is, slides containing charts, tables, and other images. In Chapter 11 we will delve into the particulars of delivering oral presentations.

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