Trees, maps, and theorems
Effective communication for rational minds

The book comprises five parts: first, fundamentals,
then the written documents, oral presentations,
and graphical displays, and finally the application
of these ideas to more specific types of document.

Part one, Fundamentals, introduces the main ideas
that underpin the four subsequent parts. By offering
a minimal set of universal principles, it equips readers
for most challenges of professional communication.

Part two, Effective written documents, discusses
a methodology in five steps to proceed from scratch
to a complete document, by planning, designing,
drafting, formatting, and revising the document.

Part three, Effective oral presentations, proposes
a similar yet distinct method in five steps: planning
the presentation, designing it, creating the slides,
delivering the presentation, and answering questions.

Part four, Effective graphical displays, first classifies
pictures as a way to select the right representation,
then discusses how to plan, design, and construct
optimal graphs, and finally how to draft a caption.

Part five, Applications, shows how the guidelines
in the previous parts apply to five common types
of documents, namely sets of instructions, e-mail,
Web sites, meeting reports, and scientific posters.

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