Jean-Luc Doumont came last month to the KUL University and delivered a very insightful lecture to rational students and researchers on how to deliver effectively the message on their papers. Effective communication is always difficult, so imagine when discussing complex subjects, specially if the person delivering the message has been isolated and immersed in that particular domain for some time while doing the research!
I found very valuable his insights and they apply to many business situations. So here is a small recap of these tips, but don’t hesitate to visit Jean-Luc’s website for more insights.
- When showing figures, don’t forget the labels of the axes 😉 and much more important, use the Title zone.
- As shown in previous example, a good title is the one that shows the message you want to pass along.
A message is an interpretation – is what the information means:
- Choose carefully how to express your message, it’s important to select the right subject:
A message is a statement – a full declarative sentence. The subject should be about what I’m talking, the verb what I’m saying about the subject:
- For a log document, beware of this mismatch:
I encourage you to go to his presentations for more detail on what to cover in the different parts to get your reader hooked 😉