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Hixon Writing Center

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.

MIT Communication Lab

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.

  • 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.
  • Business Presentation Resources
    A nice collection of articles covering various aspects of effective presentations, including infographic design, video editing, and use of stock images. (Thanks, Hailey, for the tip!)