chapter  28
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Communication

At some point in your work-after you have used all the resources at your disposal, such as this handbook-you will have to write up your results and share them with the world, possibly giving a verbal presentation as well. This moment of communication is the point at which you begin to exist as an engineer or scientist. It is these nontechnical skills, the so-called “soft skills,” that set you apart from others in your field. If readers or listeners of your work are constantly distracted or, worse, amused, by how you present yourself in writing or speaking, they may begin to question what you are trying to say. As Professor Lanham notes, these errors reveal you-and in a way that you don’t want to be revealed.