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What does that number in your presentation really mean?

A lot of our presentations include statistics.  We use charts, graphs and numbers to tell our stories.

Statistics get thrown about for shock value sometimes, so understanding the data source, the sample size and the measurement referenced can help you decide if that headline is really meaningful.

statisticsIn case you have a few questions about exactly what a statistic means, check out this great reference called Statistics Every Writer Should Know.  Find everything from the basics (what is the mean, median, average?) to more advanced topics regarding sample size and confidence.  The author has even compiled a fabulous list of where to find statistical data on the internet.   His list covers sources for information on crime, military, economics, agriculture…you name it – he lists a source for it!

Statistics from over 100 US Government agencies.  The preeminent source for federal government statistics is at FedStats.gov.

Write It Better with these Writing Tools

A great presentation needs professional and correct writing style, grammar, word usage and spelling.  Need some help? Check out these sites.

An easy to use and comprehensive site when you need help with grammar, punctuation, sentence mechanics, and writing.  The Guide to Grammar and Writing.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus Online for word help.

Add some famous or not so famous quotes to your presentation. Check out The Quotations Home Page or try the Quote Garden.