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Where Scientists Go Astray, Advice on How to Speak to be Better Understood

Where Scientists Go Astray, Advice on How to Speak to be Better Understood

"Scientists often dive so deep into the details that they forget to come back up to the surface, so those of us who don’t have our scuba tanks on can be there with them and understand their ideas." Amy Aines Amy Aines shared advice for how scientists can speak to be better understood In a recent interview by Anne Janzer, author of Writing to be Understood. Amy's insights apply to all kinds of communication. She talked about: Why scientists, in particular, can struggle when presenting to...

How to Show Up, Speak Up and Get Your Ideas Heard

How to Show Up, Speak Up and Get Your Ideas Heard

You may be surprised to find that what you say matters less than how you say it.  More than 250 attendees at the annual scholarship luncheon for the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women's Association learned what it takes to create a strong, engaging presence and how to use voice, words and timing to gain support for their ideas.“Each of us have ideas that can add value.  In science and problem solving, one idea is often built on the back of another. You never know when your ideas will resonate...

Building Communication Skills on Campus – A Conversation with Doctoral Candidate Amber Habowski

Building Communication Skills on Campus – A Conversation with Doctoral Candidate Amber Habowski

Two pivotal experiences in high school sparked Amber Habowski’s interest in biology and her desire to communicate science clearly.  She sought to understand the biomechanics of her own sports-induced knee injuries and surgeries and the neurophysiology of her grandfather’s brain after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. This led her to work at both the physical therapist office who treated her knee and the Parkinson’s center where her grandfather was treated. Eager to share her new-found...