January Professional Development Series

About Jean-luc Doumont

An engineer (Louvain) and PhD in applied physics (Stanford), Jean-luc is acclaimed worldwide for his no-nonsense approach, his highly applicable, often life-changing recommendations on a wide range of topics, and Trees, maps, and theorems, his book about “effective communication for rational minds”. [Visit his website]

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Upcoming Talks

2019 Jan 23

Everyone's Favorite Mistakes - (Speaker: Jean-luc Doumont)

Date: 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Jefferson 250

"Although they can be models of rigor in their area of expertise, scientists, engineers, and other rational minds often appear to abandon all logic in other aspects of their lives. As a result, they draw wrong conclusions and take suboptimal decisions that work against the interest of all involved. By unmasking typical incorrect reasonings at home and at work, this lecture will sharpen your critical thinking in every aspect of your life."

Also join us for coffee, pastries, and fruit after the talk @ LISE Cafe!. [RSVP to help us get a head count for food!]

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See also: Academic Talks, JLD
2019 Jan 25

Creating an Effective CV - (Speaker: Jean-luc Doumont)

Date: 

Friday, January 25, 2019, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Jefferson 250

"Its format may have evolved over the years, if only to reflect new ways to communicate, but its purpose has not changed: a curriculum vitæ must establish a candidate’s competencies and enable rapid, selective access to the information provided. This lecture discusses what to include in a curriculum vitæ, how to format it, and how to write an effective cover letter as a recent graduate or as a more experienced professional."

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See also: Academic Talks, JLD

Previous Talks at Harvard

2018 Jan 19

Conveying Messages With Graphs (Jean-luc Doumont)

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Jefferson 250
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. [... Read more about Conveying Messages With Graphs (Jean-luc Doumont)
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2018 Jan 17

Clear, Accurate, Concise Writing - (Speaker: Jean-luc Doumont)

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Jefferson 250

Most writing classes approach clarity, accuracy, conciseness through style, yet subjective arguments such as “it’s nicer” seldom convince researchers, who wonder what, specifically, is nicer about it. Approaching effective writing from structure, not style, this lecture discusses how to construct paragraphs and phrase sentences that answer all the readers’ questions as effortlessly, as usefully, and as fast as possible for them. [...

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