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.

Delivering Presentations

Learning Objectives

  • Prepare engaging data stories
  • Manage presentation technology seamlessly
  • Deliver exceptional live presentations
  • Describe things not to say during a presentation
  • Conduct effective virtual presentations

In Chapter 10 we discussed preparing illustrations to support an oral presentation. We turn now to delivering presentations. Although slides and other visual aids are not essential for delivering oral presentations, they are the norm in most settings, particularly for presentations centered on data. We will therefore proceed with the assumption that when delivering presentations based on data reports, most authors will do so with the aid of PowerPoint (or other slide creation software).

Preliminary Considerations

Before writing speaker notes and creating presentation slides, several questions must be addressed so that you may properly plan your materials and organize the presentation. These questions fall ...

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