For this assignment, you will create a professional-looking PowerPoint (PPT) pre

For this assignment, you will create a professional-looking PowerPoint (PPT) presentation on a topic of professional communication. To help put this in perspective, the scenario is that your supervisor has assigned you the task of presenting a 45- to 60-minute training session on some aspect of professional communication. You need to research your topic and prepare an engaging PPT that could be used as a visual aid for a given presentation.
The course textbook will be a great resource when looking for a topic that relates to some aspect of professional communication. Some examples of topics include (but are not limited to):
• How to be an Effective Verbal and Nonverbal Communicator
• How to Give an Effective Presentation
• Effective Communication Within Teams
• Overcoming Communication Barriers
It is recommended that you pick a topic of interest and then research this topic to make sure you can find the required, credible sources (see below for information on approved sources). Once you have secured five required, credible sources, create your PPT presentation.
I. Title Slide
• The title slide is the first required slide of your PPT (and is not considered a content slide).
• The title slide must include the following elements: title of your presentation, your full name, class name & section number, and your institution (Liberty University).
II. Content Slides
• Your PPT must contain a minimum of 15 content slides. Content slides do not include the title or reference slide(s).
• All content slides must contain speaker notes.
o Speaker notes are a presenter’s “cheat sheet” if you will. In other words, speaker notes are hidden from your audience but can be viewed while giving a presentation.
o Speaker notes are NOT a copy of the information on your slide. Instead, speaker notes expand upon and offer further clarification regarding points on each content slide.
• Four relevant, professional images/graphics are required.
o All images/graphics used must be relevant, professional-looking, and used with the primary purpose of helping an audience better grasp a complex concept and/or remember information presented.
o Make sure images are clear and not blurry.
o Re-read the section in your course textbook about images used for presentations, as you’ll find other helpful guidelines.
III. Reference Slide
• The reference slide will be the last required slide(s) in your PPT.
• This slide (or slides) will contain all sources used in your PPT presentation.
• Format sources according to the most current APA formatting guidelines.
• In addition to current APA formatting guidelines, the inclusion of the complete URL (sometimes called a permalink) is required for all full-text, peer-reviewed/scholarly articles retrieved from Liberty’s online library journal database. Note that this is not the same as the doi # (unless the URL takes your reader directly to the full-text article within Liberty’s online library journal database). If you are unsure about the specific URL/link, you can copy the entire web address from the top of the browser’s address bar once you are viewing the full-text article within Liberty’s online library journal database.
IV. Sources
• A minimum of five credible sources must be used within your presentation. Approved sources include:
o the course textbook (as listed on the course syllabus).
o four full-text, peer-reviewed/scholarly articles published within the last seven years and retrieved from Liberty’s online library journal database.
• Sources NOT approved for this assignment:
o textbooks (including e-books), other than the course textbook/e-book (as listed on the course syllabus)
o no blogs, education sites, commercial sites, Wikipedia,, editorials, abstracts, online books, book reviews, etc.
V. Avoiding Plagiarism
• Create and submit an original PPT presentation. Do not submit someone else’s PPT or previously submitted work from this or another course.
• Provide citations for:
o all statements, ideas, & thoughts (whether paraphrased or directly quoted) used from an outside source.
o tables, data, images, etc., used from an outside source.
• All citations should be formatted according to the most current APA formatting guidelines. Citations can be included directly on the slide or within the notes area under the content slide.
• All sources used must be formatted on reference slide(s), according to the most current APA formatting guidelines.
VI. Other Requirements and Reminders:
• PPT must be created and uploaded as a Microsoft PowerPoint file. DO NOT upload a PDF file, as a PDF file will not show speaker notes.
• Individual slides and the overall design of your presentation must be profess

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