Wednesday, February 04, 2009

training scientists: the feedback

I'm about to facilitate another workshop in the series Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers, this time in Chicago on February 12 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting. These workshops attract a wide range of scientists from many types of institutions, from universities and private research labs to government agencies. With our challenging agenda, I'm always gratified by the enthusiastic responses we receive. From our latest workshops, in Washington at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, and in San Francisco at the American Geophysical Union meeting, the evaluations included such comments as:
  • Most valuable about the workshop were "the interactive components" and "Denise’s ability to keep everyone engaged."
  • Helpful and lively.
  • I wish you could go to EVERY professional society meeting![
  • I found] comfort that public speakers aren’t born, they’re made.
  • I really enjoyed Denise’s confidence when she was walking around the tables and answering to some “tough” questions and comments. Hope at some point I’ll get that level of self-confidence!

      One other comment keeps coming through our evaluations: Scientists tell us that opportunities to learn the basics of communicating to broader audiences and how to be an effective public speaker are what's missing from their otherwise rigorous training. Registration for this AAAS workshop is closed, although another will take place April 30 in Corvallis, Oregon; scientists can go here to preregister.

      Need a basic-skills training workshop on developing a message, public speaking or handling media interviews for your next professional organization meeting? Contact us at info[at]dontgetcaught[dot]biz. We've done these workshops for boards of directors and members for a variety of organizations, including AAAS, INFORMS, the American Society of Nephrology and more.

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