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Caltech's Writing Center offers one-on-one appointments with writing specialists during the academic year, and an abundance of excellent resources accessible on their website any time.
This is a great comprehensive resource for technical communication across genres (manuscripts, presentations, proposals, etc). Check out their discipline-specific "CommKits" for helpful articles and annotated examples.
- Caltech Toastmasters "Tech Talks"
This group has weekly meetings open to all, focused on improving public speaking abilities in the context of technical talks
- Performing Arts Courses
PVA 40-42, taught by Brian Brophy, delve into the art of storytelling, performance, and improvisation. If you really want to level up your presentation delivery, this is where to start!
- Science & Engineering Communication Courses
Caltech's SEC program offers numerous courses to help you improve various facets of your communication skills
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Learning
Caltech offers ESL courses and can also help you find other English-learning programs in the local area.
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte
THE seminal book on data visualizations! Really anything by Tufte is a great resource for designing good figures.
- The Naked Presenter by Garr Reynolds
Don't worry, it's not what you think. This book emphasizes the important of clarity and simplicity in your presentations. It teaches you how to communicate a clear message without getting bogged down in details or distracted by unnecessary fanciness in PowerPoint.
- The Minto Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto
A classic in the business world! The pyramid principle is a powerful, systematic method to organize your ideas into a clear and compelling argument. It's especially useful for persuasive communication like grant proposals or business pitches. You can access a FREE (poorly scanned) version of the entire book here.
- As We Speak by Peter Meyers and Shann Nix
This helpful guide to public speaking focuses on how to make your presentations memorable and engaging. It also covers the issue of stage fright and the performance component of communication.