Edward R. Tufte’s Presentation Tips

  • Show up early
  • Clearly tell the audience what the problem is, who cares, and what your solution is
  • Write out your own introduction
  • Never apologize
  • For complex information use: Particular, General, Particular
  • Always provide a handout
  • Match your presentation to the level of The New York Times or Wall Street Journal
  • Audiences are precious: respect them
  • Humor—make sure it’s on point, not nasty or gratuitous
  • Do not use masculine pronouns—use plurals
  • Questions need to be treated very carefully
  • There must be a better way than using the overhead projector
  • Show your enthusiasm!
  • Finish early
  • Work hard
  • Innovate
  • Drink enormous amounts of water

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