The Three Laws of Communication

Seminar Details
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 8:00am to 10:00am


Jean-Luc Doumont, Ph.D.
Lead Instructor - Principiae


Forum Hall - Palmer Commons


Useful as each of them can be, a large body of tips and tricks is impossible to remember, at least in a practical, usable way, unless it is structured into a balanced, meaningful hierarchy. This talk proposes and illustrates three simple yet solid ideas that lead to more effective communication and that underpin every other guideline: easy to remember, readily applicable, and always relevant. As an illustration, the talk applies these three laws specifically to writing papers, graphing data, and creating posters. (The workshop, Making the Most of Your Presentation offered from 11AM - 1PM on the same day as this workshop, applies the three laws to oral presentations.)

Facilitated by: Jean-luc Doumont, PhD

An engineer (Louvain) and PhD in applied physics (Stanford), Jean-luc Doumont 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.” For additional information, visit is external).

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright at or 734-764-2574. Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.  

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