The final paper or presentation is a representation of your work. Making sure that it is clear, organized, and free of errors will demonstrate your understanding of the topic and your skills in communicating your knowledge effectively.
This is equally true for a university class as for a work project. How and what you convey may differ, but clarity, organization, and an error-free presentation is the minimum requirement for a positive impression.
Ask yourself, how does the reader understand the information I am writing about?
If the information is not clearly stated in your paper or presentation, your audience will not understand. Below are several key components to review for clarity:
Keep in mind that the reader cannot read into what is not written and an audience cannot read your mind and intentions.
Related to clarity, the proper organization of how your ideas are presented will contributes to the clarity of your presentation or paper. The order that information is presented will either clarify the point or confuse the audience. Some suggestions for organizing your paper include:
The goal is for the ideas to flow throughout the paper in a manner that is logical for the reader and clarifies your thesis.