Better Presentations Workshop: From Design to Delivery

July 22-23, 2024 | Livestream, virtual training

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Registration is open! Join us for the next Better Presentations Workshop on July 22-23, 2024. 

The Better Presentations Workshop is a two-day intensive workshop of lecture and hands-on work to provide an overview of concepts, techniques, and methods used to create effective, memorable presentations.


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Training Overview

Summer 2024 dates: Livestream, online training July 22-23, 2024; 11:00am - ~3:00pm EDT.

Communicating data plays a crucial role in the work of researchers and analysts. Often, however, effective ways to communicate data is an after-thought, secondary to the analysis, which ultimately limits the effective relay of information. In this Better Presentations workshop, attendees will learn the key, practical strategies to creating, designing, and delivering great, effective presentations.

Better Presentations: From Design to Delivery is a training workshop that provides a well-rounded introduction to improving how people design and deliver their work. This workshop is divided into three main parts to guide attendees’ process from presentation conceptualization, to creation, to delivery. The first part focuses on planning the presentation; instead of booting up the computer and immediately inserting text, graphs, and images onto slides, attendees are presented with a process for outlining the content of their presentation. The second part is about building the presentation: how to create more effective text, graph, and image slides. The final section moves to the practical details of giving the presentation.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with the following topics:

  • Learn how to increase message clarity and impact through better slide design
  • Improve presentations to more effectively communicate data and analysis
  • Learn, and exchange ideas about, presentation best practices
  • Think critically about presentation slide design

Audience and Requirements

This course is for anyone interested in being a better, more effective, and more persuasive presenter. Participants should have the Microsoft PowerPoint software program installed on their computer. The workshop will help attendees develop, design, and deliver better presentations including:

  • People working with and analyzing data including analysts, researchers, data scientists, and data engineers who are interested in improving how they present their work.
  • Communication designers and other creatives looking to expand their communication design skillset.


Jonathan Schwabish, PhD, PolicyViz. Dr. Jonathan Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and data communications expert. After nearly ten years working as an economist at the Congressional Budget Office, he moved to the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research institution based in Washington, DC, where he conducts research on nutrition policy and policies that affect people with disabilities, as well as work in the organization’s communications department. Dr. Schwabish is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how analysts, researchers, and scholars communicate their findings. Across four books, he has provided a comprehensive guide to creating, communicating, and distributing data-rich content. Better Presentations coaches people through preparing, designing, and delivering data communication products; Elevate the Debate helps people develop a strategic plan to communicating their work across multiple platforms and channels; and Better Data Visualizations details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. His most recent book, Data Visualization in Excel, hit bookshelves in May 2023 and helps readers create better graphs and charts in the Excel software tool.


Training scholarships are available for the Better Presentations Workshop.


Summer 2024: The Better Presentations Workshop will be a livestream, remote training that takes place over live, online video on July 22-23, 2024 from ~11:00am - ~6:00pm EDT. Please note this training is not a self-paced, pre-recorded online training.

Registration Fees

  Early-bird Rate (through 5/10/24) Regular Rate (5/11/24 - 7/4/24) Columbia Discount*
Student/Postdoc/Trainee $895 $1095 10%
Faculty/Academic Staff/Non-Profit Organizations/Government Agencies $1095 $1295 10%
For-Profit Organizations $1295 $1495 NA

*Columbia Discount: This discount is valid for any active student, postdoc, staff, or faculty at Columbia University. If paying by credit card, use your Columbia email address during the registration process to automatically have the discount applied. If paying by internal transfer within Columbia, submit this Columbia Internal Transfer Request form to receive further instructions. Please note: filling out this form is not the same as registering for a training and does not guarantee a training seat.  

Invoice Payment: If you would prefer to pay by invoice/check, please submit this Invoice Request form to receive further instructions. Please note: filling out this form is not the same as registering for a training and does not guarantee a training seat.

Registration Fee: This fee includes course material, breakfast, and lunch on training days. Course material will be made available to all participants both during and after the conclusion of the training. The fee does not include travel/accommodation costs.

Cancellations: Cancellation notices must be received via email at least 30 days prior to the training start date in order to receive a full refund, minus a $75 administrative fee. Cancellation notices received via email 14-29 days prior to the training will receive a 75% refund, minus a $75 administrative fee. Please email your cancellation notice to Due to workshop capacity and preparation, we regret that we are unable to refund registration fees for cancellations <14days prior to the training.  

If you are unable to attend the training, we encourage you to send a substitute within the same registration category. Please inform us of the substitute via email at least one week prior to the training to include them on attendee communications, updated registration forms, and materials. Should the substitute fall within a different registration category your credit card will be credited/charged respectively. Please email substitute inquiries to In the event Columbia must cancel the event, your registration fee will be fully refunded.

Additional Information

The Better Presentations Workshop is hosted by Columbia University's SHARP Program at the Mailman School of Public Health.

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