Every Christmas season, I am reminded of the Cratchit family's dinner of that "rarest of all birds." You may imagine my excitement, then, when I dined at Yung Kee this week, one of the best restaurants not only in Hong Kong but in all of Asia. In the words of the Cratchits, "there never was such a goose." And I must say, the food at Yung Kee was excellent, especially the famed roast goose.
We have all been to conferences or seminars and have seen excellent presentations; we have also seen presentations that were not interesting or somehow failed to convey much useful information to the audience. Because I regularly attend conferences about turfgrass, I take a special interest in the subject of presentation design and delivery, and wish to recommend a few books and a particular website to those who also have an interest in effective communication.
I am particularly fond of these three books by Dr. Edward Tufte, statistician, noted expert on the visual display of data, and professor emeritus at Yale University. These books are:
When it comes to the design of the presentation itself, and the visual materials that may accompany it, I suggest reading slide:ology by Nancy Duarte. This book provides all the information necessary to create great slides.
If you are interested in making the best presentation possible the next time you are on stage, I would read the Presentation Zen blog and would look into the aforementioned books. Do you have other resources that have been especially helpful to you? For even more about data presentation, statistician John Tukey'sExploratory Data Analysis (1977) is also an excellent resource, as is his chapter on Some Graphic and Semigraphic Displays from Statistical Papers in Honor of George W. Snedecor (1972).
I would not consider myself a true deltiologist per se. Although I am an inveterate purchaser of postcards, I always do so with the purpose of sending them. However, as the number of postcards I purchase tends to exceed the number I post, I am left with a pile of picture postcards at my place.
I recently purchased many books including the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (a heavy
2 volume set), from www.amazon.com. I am immeasurably pleased with the CD
that accompanied these books; it includes the words, definitions, and
audio files with word pronunciations. When looking up words such as dissolute, raffish, licentious, lubricious, rakish, and profligate,
it is a great pleasure to have the exact definition close at hand,
whether I am at my office with the hefty printed volumes, or at my
computer, dissipated but assiduous.