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.

I talk about all this with today’s guest, Dr. Jonathan Schwabish. We discuss how to create effective data rich presentations that make a meaningful impact. Dr. Schwabish is considered a leader in the data visualization field and is a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in research. He has written on various aspects of how to best visualize data including technical aspects of creation, design best practices, and how to communicate social science research in more accessible ways. He was named a “visualization thought leader” by AllAnalytics in 2013 and speaks widely on the issues of data visualization, open data, and data use in organizations.

Dr. Schwabish helps nonprofits, research institutions, and governments at all levels improve how they communicate their work and findings to their partners, constituents, and citizens. He also teaches data visualization and presentation skills at Georgetown University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as in public workshops. He also hosts the PolicyViz Podcast, which focuses on data, open data, and data visualization. His new book about presentation design and techniques, Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks, is now available for preorder. He is on Twitter @jschwabish.

Catch our interview here or below:

Websites mentioned in this episode:

  • PolicyViz: http://policyviz.com/
  • PolicyViz Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-policyviz-podcast/id982966091?mt=2
  • Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0231175205/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0231175205&linkCode=as2&tag=poli03-20&linkId=2EKMNUUWQ4XLBOIO