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Jean-luc Doumont

Dr. Jean-luc  Doumont

Founding partner

Kapellelaan 103

Kraainem  1950

tel: +32 2 757 26 36
E-mail: jl@principiae.be
Web: http://www.principiae.be

Area of Expertise

Effective communication (presentations, papers, graphs)


An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Jean-luc Doumont now devotes his time and energy to training engineers, scientists, business people, and other rational minds in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes. With his rational background, he approaches communication in an original, engineering- like way that contrasts sharply with the tradition of the field, rooted in the humanities. He is thus well received by students and professionals in search of a method they can apply with the same rigor they have come to value in every other aspect of their occupations. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker worldwide, in particular at international scientific conferences, research laboratories, and top-ranked universities. He is happy to deliver the lectures listed below in English, Spanish, French, or Dutch.

Lecture Title(s)

Making the most of your presentation
Strong presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists, and others, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they otherwise can be in their work, they go at it intuitively or haphazardly, with much good will but seldom good results. In this talk, Dr Doumont proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver an oral presentation: he covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright.

Structuring your research paper
Papers are one of the few deliverables of a researcher's work. A well designed paper is not only more likely to be published, read, and cited, it also allows each reader to select only what he or she needs to read. This lecture shows how to structure research papers, dissertations, and other reports effectively at all levels to get the readers' attention, facilitate navigation, and thus get the message across optimally to their audiences.

Conveying messages with graphs
Widely used in research to analyze and communicate data, graphical displays are still poorly mastered by researchers, who frequently display their data sets in a suboptimal way (and popular software does not exactly help). This lecture discusses how to select the right graph for a given data set and a given research question, how to optimize this graph to reveal the data, and finally how to phrase a useful caption.

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