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  1. Organizing Documents to Tell a Cohesive Story Taun Beddes

  2. Formulating Objectives: What to Take Into Account • My USU defined responsibilities • Personal interests • Publishable? • Progress during the P&T process? • Obtainable funding sources? • Needs: • Within my field? • General public?

  3. Formulating Objectives • Horticultural needs or concerns I defined • Monoculture plantings in the landscape • Premature plant death from improper care • Fertilizers and pesticide misapplication • Home food production • Insect and disease diagnosis

  4. My Defining Goal or “Mission Statement” • By using needs assessment, I identified many horticultural areas of concern within the community. Once I quantified them, I found that almost all pertained to most local residents and many within the green industry lacking understanding of basic horticultural practices.

  5. Reportable Programming: How do I quantify impacts? • Keep excellent records • Excel, lab notebooks, etc. • Ethnicity, age, economic demographic, etc. • Surveying tools • Quality of delivery and content • Underserved audiences • Honors and awards • Local, regional & national • Contributions to the community • Donations • Number served • Presentations • Invited, regional & national • Publications • Fact sheets • Trade/industry • Peer reviewed

  6. Putting It All Together Start Early Formatting & Editing Double and triple check formatting (line spacing, tabs, etc.) Professional editors? Readability Font size: 11-13 point Arial, Calibri, etc. No serifs (Times New Roman) Simple charts and graphs Minimal lines with 1.5 or double spacing within • Keep records up-to-date • Write, rewrite and rewrite • Depend on colleagues, committee chairs, former major professors, etc. • Be amenable to suggestions • Look at examples of others work