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Tips for Effective Communication
Effective communication in any discipline not only requires a level of mastery of content but also an understanding of the audience with which you intend to communicate and the forms of communication that might be most effective in specific situations. Oral presentations, scholarly papers, infographics, etc., all have a place in telling the story of your research. Determining which of the aforementioned (or which combination) is the appropriate format is key to communicating the relevance of your research and topic.
Keep in mind the following questions for effective communication in the sciences:
What does your audience already know?
What is your audience most interested in learning about?
How can you translate technical terms into plain language for a general audience?
Below are some resources to help you think about your audience and some approaches to best convey your message.
This article is from the Scientific American blog. "Science communication is part of a scientist's everyday life. Scientists must give talks, write papers and proposals, communicate with a variety of audiences, and educate others."
The single greatest skill you can have beyond your own technical skills is communication of technical topics to non-technical people. Not only is this efficient but people will feel more involved and in the know.
Learning the principles of journalistic nonfiction often requires scientist authors to step away from an academic writing style that has come to feel intuitive. Nevertheless, using these principles can make the scientist’s work more relatable, memorable, and trusted.