This professor’s class notes provide a thorough (and practical) answer that I recommend to students and professors.
How NOT to use PowerPoint for comic relief.
A 20-minute video that will surely trigger a much-needed debate in your classroom.
The winner of several international prizes, The Corporation is a documentary film that is a good discussion tool for business students/professors and -one would hope- professionals.
It is based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan.
Part 1 (with a promotional introduction):
and Part 2:
Choose between a number of indicators, select which countries you want to show and then see the development over time.
Watch this 20-minute presentation from its developer at the TED conference 2007:
Go to gapminder.org for more information and other databases.
It is as necessary to effective business communication as computer literacy is to effective business practice.
The Virtual Literacy website is an e-learning tutorial on visualization for communication, engineering and business. You also want to explore the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) website.
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A source of many “real-world” elevator pitches, such as the following:
Many of the world’s national governments have been plagued by charges of corruption and pervasive malfeasance over the past few decades. As a result, a number of international organizations have been created to provide information on corruption and governance trends for the policy community and the general public.
With funding from the World Bank, the Global Integrity organization produces the Global Integrity Report, which features a number of “integrity indicators”, which analyze openness, governance, and anti-corruption mechanisms for a wide range of countries. Visitors to their site can read the Report in its entirety here, and also browse through a number of media resources designed for journalists. Additionally, visitors can also learn more about the organization’s staff members and their various methodologies for compiling reports. (Internet Scout report)
You achieve plain English when you use the simplest, most straightforward way of expressing an idea. You can still choose interesting words. But you’ll avoid fancy ones that have everyday replacements meaning precisely the same thing.
– Bryan Garner on “Plain English”
And you will find several excellent tools at the plainlanguage.gov website.