Resources to help you BEFORE you get to the presentation design phase.


If you’ve been one of my readers for a while, you know that I focus on helping academics, evaluators, researchers, and scientists design engaging & effective presentations.

Since I started this website, I’ve met a lot of great folks who are helping this same group of folks, but in other ways.

So, I wanted to put together this list of resources that will help you BEFORE you even get to the presentation design phase.

Heads up: Some of these links are affiliate links. All that means is if you end up enrolling in their course I receive a small “thank you” amount for spreading the word. You don’t pay any extra for the course and I would never recommend anyone I don’t stand behind. These small amounts help me continue providing free content on my website.


Ready to grow your professional network? Dr. Charlotte Huntley can help.

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About Charlotte

Charlotte Hughes Huntley PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist, consultant, and podcaster with a diverse background in healthcare and public health. Dr. Huntley provides a variety of epidemiology consulting services, and is the host and producer of the Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast, which she started in 2017. The podcast serves as a mentoring platform, sharing tips and strategies that help students and graduates prepare for and transition into careers in public health.

Follow Charlotte on social media: Website / Facebook / Instagram / LinkedIn / Twitter / Podcast

About Charlotte’s course: Optimizing LinkedIn for Professional Networking in Public Health

Growing your network is vital and should be a part of your professional lifestyle.  Too often, people will wait until they are actively looking for employment to start networking.  A better approach is to consistently work on building professional relationships in a genuine and authentic way, and don’t be afraid to get creative. 

I created Optimizing LinkedIn for Professional Networking in Public Health with these principles in mind, being creative and practicing a professional lifestyle of continuous networking.  The program is a step by step beginners guide to setting up and optimizing your profile, getting found by the right recruiters and professionals, finding clients and business connections, and growing your network on LinkedIn. You can explore the program details here [insert link or revise sentence] and consider enrolling if you’d like step by step help with networking.



Need some productivity tips and resources? Dr. Jane Jones can help!


About Jane

I founded Up In Consulting in 2014 after working as a tenure-track assistant professor of sociology and as a researcher at a non-profit organization. In both of these jobs, I was constantly reminded of the importance of clear, compelling prose – and, ironically, the consistency with which the process of writing was undervalued.

I started Up In Consulting for two reasons. First and foremost, I love the written word. I find crafting the perfect sentence as exciting as watching my favorite quarterback score a touchdown. I know that clear communication is essential to producing knowledge. Second, I believe academic writers are in need of a type of support and professional development that simply is not available inside the academy.

I provide services including editing for every stage of your manuscript and productivity coaching. I believe that you do your best writing when you are organized, prepared, have enough time, and have a second pair of eyes to look over your work. It’s my mission to give your writing the attention it needs and give you the support you deserve.

Follow Jane on social media: Website / Facebook / LinkedIn / Twitter

Jane is also gauging interest in a subscription box service just for academics! How cool is that?! If you’re interested, let her know over here!

About Jane’s Course: The Productivity Pipeline

Productivity Pipeline service is great for faculty who want to be productive.

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Need help designing your research project? Dr. Petra Boynton can help.


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About Petra’s book: The Research Companion

This description is taken directly from Dr. Boynton’s website.

  • Do you need help in planning a social or health research project?

  • Are you struggling to find papers, critically evaluate evidence, or complete a study?

  • Is research new to you, or are you in need of advice around managing a research team?

  • Do you want help with finding funding and applying for grants?

  • Or perhaps you’re seeking ideas for writing successful academic dissertations or papers?

  • Perhaps someone’s asked you to be in a study and you’d like to know more about how research works?

You could be a methods geek like me, or a student in the social sciences, health or development at undergraduate, postgraduate or postdoctoral level. You could be a development, education, health or social care professional. You might be a third sector/charity worker.

Whoever you are, and wherever you are, welcome to The Research Companion project.

This is a peer-led and story based scheme that aims to help you complete research effectively, ethically and safely in ways you – and your participants – appreciate.

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Want to become an Excel Spreadsheet pro? Ann K. Emery can help.


About Ann

Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who is determined to get your data out of spreadsheets and into stakeholders’ hands. Each year, she leads more than 50 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for thousands of people with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively.

Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information easier to understand for non-technical audiences.

Prior to launching her own company, Ann measured the effectiveness of public policy projects at Innovation Network, managed a performance management system at the Latin American Youth Center, evaluated educational programs for local, state, and national education agencies at ICF International, and contributed to research-to-policy projects at the University of Virginia.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from George Mason University.

Follow Ann on social media: Website / Blog / LinkedIn / Twitter

About Ann’s Course: Simple Spreadsheets

Ever feel like you’re swimming upstream in data? Need to make sense of spreadsheets, but not sure where to start? Have a gut feeling that you’re not getting the most out of your data?

Spreadsheets aren’t just for statisticians, accountants, and economists. These days, most of us are using spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or Apple Numbers for all types of projects at our jobs. Spreadsheets are massively powerful tools, and chances are, no matter what you’re working on, there’s a faster and easier way to get it done.

I’ll share my favorite techniques for saving your precious time and energy. We’ll cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced number-crunching skills from vlookup to pivot tables. We'll even cover basic data visualization skills, like designing new graphs and exporting them into other programs like Word or PowerPoint. You’ll be on your way from spreadsheet stress to superstardom in no time.

Want to learn R? David Keyes can help.


About David

I am the founder of R for the Rest of Us. Through online courses, workshops, and custom trainings with organizations, I help people embrace this powerful piece of (free!) software.

David Keyes has over a decade of experience conducting research and evaluation. During this time, he has led the Mexican Migration Field Research Program,  conducted evaluation work as part of the Oregon Community Foundation research team, and served as a data visualization consultant to other researchers and evaluators, helping them to improve the quality of their data visualization.

Follow David on social media: Website / Blog / LinkedIn / Twitter

About David’s Course: Fundamentals of R

This course will give you the skills to run analyses and produce beautiful reports, all without ever leaving R.

With over 30 lessons, 3.5 hours worth of videos, as well as exercises (and solutions in case you get stuck), Fundamentals of R will give you the fundamental skills you need to continue along your R journey. It covers three topics:

1. RMarkdown

RMarkdown allows you to combine all of your work with data alongside your narrative text. No more going back and forth between multiple pieces of software to produce a report — do it all in RMarkdown.

2. Data Wrangling and Analysis

Using a tidyverse-centric approach, learn to wrangle your data into the format you need. Then see the power of R as you quickly produce a range of analyses on your data.

3. Data Visualization

R is used to produce much of the high-quality data visualization work you see today. Learn to use the famous ggplot2 package to build visualizations to effectively communicate your results.

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Meet: Zaira R. Arvelo Alicea, PhD

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About Zaira

I got tired of adjuncting in Puerto Rico’s only higher education public system, now undergoing its 5th year of government mandated financial freeze, and decided to open a business. Little did I anticipate I would see it forcibly closed one month later by Hurricane Maria. After our humanitarian crisis –and using what little equipment I salvaged from what was once my home and had then turned into an unwelcomed 6 feet deep pool– I rebuilt my online service business: Professional Writing and Development.

Life was also thrilling before becoming a hurricane survivor and a business owner. I had served as teaching assistant, online curriculum developer, and research assistant at Purdue University and the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez for around 8 years. In addition, I had worked as assistant professor at the English Department’s Teacher Preparation program in the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla for 4 years. All in all, I had accumulated more than a decade of academic publishing, presenting, and grant writing/managing.

You could say I had mastered the academic genres coveted by scientific journals and major organizations related to Literacy and Language, my specialty area. But I had SO much more to learn about how the real world communicates, how to reach wider audiences, communicate in lay terms, and connect with non academics. That’s what I’m here to do: help you with your oral and written communication bringing insight from academia and the business world.  

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Description of services

The mission of Professional Writing and Development is to use language and training to connect people to their goals. I provide writing, style and grammar editing, as well as English-Spanish translation services for academics, professionals, and small to medium sized businesses. Plus, I facilitate online and face-to-face English and professional communication training for busy people.

Simply put, I can be your ally and personal editor in dissertation work, manuscripts, professional site, among others.  

Meet: Anna Clemens, PhD


About Anna

Anna has a PhD in Chemistry/Materials Science and is available for in-depth edits of manuscripts within these subjects and related fields, such as nanotechnology, biochemistry and catalysis. She also offers advice in video strategy sessions on structuring papers and writing more productively for researchers in all scientific fields. Her writing workshops too are open to labs, research teams, scientific networks and conferences of all areas. Anna lives in Prague in the Czech Republic and works with clients all over the world. Her editing clients value that she is very thorough and able to make manuscripts accessible to broad audiences”. Previous participants of her workshops have praised her friendly and fun approach and found her training very useful for their scientific writing.

Apart from helping scientist to write, Anna also writes stories for popular science magazines, such as “Scientific American”. When she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her hiking up mountains together with her dog Zuza or drinking an oat milk flat white in one of Prague’s many cozy cafés.

Anna is active on Instagram and Twitter, and she’d love to connect there with you. She also wrote a guest post for my blog about common data visualization mistakes people make!

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Description of Services

If you are looking for someone to edit your manuscript for a high-impact journal or receive scientific writing training, Anna Clemens is the person to talk to! She is a scientific editor and writing coach for scientists at her company “Scientists Who Write”. She helps scientists to write papers that get published and proposals that get funded. Anna believes that both papers and proposals should be written with the reader in mind and she is a fan of using storytelling in scientific writing. When a paper or proposal is telling a story, it will engage its readers and make it easier to remember its contents. The first and most important step in Anna’s “story framework” is to clearly identify the main message and specific problem of a study. When editing manuscripts, she makes sure that they have a concise structure, that the language is simple and clear and the provided information is specific. In other words, she ensures that it’s easy to read and understand.

If you would like to get to know more about Anna’s scientific writing philosophy and get some hands-on writing tips, head over to her blog and subscribe to her newsletter.

To get your hands on a guide that teaches you everything you need to know about crafting a great title for your paper click here.


Meet: Margy Thomas


About Margy

I founded ScholarShape in 2013 as an academic editing service, specializing in developmental editing for books and articles in the humanities and social sciences. Now, drawing on my years of experience helping and observing scholars at work, I create resources and tools that any researcher can use in the process of building knowledge. Knowledge-building is a deeply human process at the heart of all meaningful work, and ScholarShape exists to help people understand, navigate, and find joy in it.

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Description of Services

Your book is more than a line on a CV or a box to check for tenure and promotion. It’s a work of art that uses both evidence and logic to invite your reader into an understanding of what matters most about your subject. Your book is an expression of who you are.

My developmental editing services are designed to help you find both the story and the argument in your material. I analyze your work-in-progress and give you specific, tailored suggestions on how to structure, engineer, and compose your text so that it simultaneously advances a persuasive argument and tells a compelling story about what your research means. I call this form of research communication a Story-Argument.

A Story-Argument is an intricately engineered sequence of claims and evidence that carries the reader forward, whether across 30 pages or 300, with a sense of urgency, suspense, and unfurling illumination, culminating in a sense of resolution as well as raising of new and better questions that invite readers into meaning-making of their own.

 Whether you’re at the proposal stage or preparing a nearly final draft for submission, I can meet you in the middle of your knowledge-building process and help you find your Story-Argument. Services are typically booked 3 – 6 months in advance.

I also create free DIY resources and refreshments that can bring you some of the benefits of developmental editing wherever you are. Sign up at



Need a well-designed report or infographic? I can help with that too!

Surprise! Did you know I don’t just focus on presentations? I can also help with things like designing your report, creating infographics, and more.