Posts filed under:Advice and Examples

What Do Venture Capitalists Need to Hear from Scientists? A Conversation with Nancy Floyd, the Founder of Nth Power

“When scientists approach us for funding, it’s best to start by telling us what problem are you solving.  Don’t start with the technology. Start with the problem first.  It’s really important… There will be plenty of time during due diligence to […]

Getting to Yes in Biotech: Bill Young on Honing Your Message to Advance Science and Win Investor Support

“Most scientists seem to follow a basic tenant of science that goes something like this – “Since I went through years of hard work and hell to figure this out, I’m going to take you through the whole thing and […]

Good Presentations Equal Good Proposals

Why should a good proposal presentation be so closely linked with a fundamentally good proposal? I recently sat through a review of research proposals, and there was a pretty close correlation between good presentations and good scores from the committee. […]

Why Can’t Scientists Communicate Outside Our Field? Because We Are Trained That Way.

My colleagues understand me just fine – why do other people have trouble? If we want to learn to communicate effectively, it is probably a good idea to understand why scientists find it hard to talk to the public and […]

Collaborators Trump Secrets – Why You Should Share Your Ideas

At a recent Department of Energy meeting lunch – the usual eight strangers around hotel rubber chicken – the conversation was brisk about new types of environmental and energy technology.  After a great discussion of a carbon capture demonstration of […]

The Five Slides You Need

Every scientist has had the experience of needing a small number of viewgraphs for a short time slot.  Faced with the forty or fifty viewgraphs we have already prepared which describe the topic in sufficient detail to satisfy any expert, […]

The Championing Science Tenets

We believe that these nine principles can help every scientist communicate ideas to change the world. 1) Be passionate. Palpable enthusiasm is contagious. It will carry people along for the great ride of science.  Sharing what inspires you about your […]

Albert Einstein – Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler

  “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” This is one of the great quotes in science.  Coming from Einstein, who simplified physics into general relativity, it is a great statement of how to conduct science. […]

Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds is one of the most influential books in modern presentation.  Taking a minimalist, information-centered approach, Garr explains how to use your audience’s time in the most effective way.  Focusing on visuals and graphic methods, Garr […]