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A Guide to Speaking with Humans

You're a scientist. You know things. You'd like to talk to people about those things. But how? Let's explore the world of science communication together and find how and where you can fit in best. Maybe it's on social media, or it's blogging or vlogging. It could be talking to journalists, a book or public speaking, or all of the above. As a bonus, we'll discuss how to maintain a public presence without sacrificing your research.

Key Takeaways from this Webinar:
  • Do act natural, find opportunities, be curious, listen, stay after. 
  • Don't give a lecture, pretend everyone understands, pretend everyone agrees, be a jerk.
  • Pay attention, ask questions, and listen to your audience as much as you present your research. 
  • Don’t give into pressure about posting at a certain frequency or doing a certain number of public talks. Do what best fits your schedule and priorities.


“In any good debate, the goal isn’t to win someone over but it's trying to understand what they are really after and do they really care? What are their real principles? Maybe there is something there that you didn't realize or they didn’t realize. ” - Dr. Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter (Author of How to Die in Space)

Paul M. Sutter is a research professor in astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University and a guest researcher at the Flatiron Institute in New York City. Paul hosts a variety of science shows across all platforms, including as a contributor to How the Universe Works on Science Channel and host of Space Out on Discovery. He also writes and hosts his own shows, including his hit Ask a Spaceman podcast, which is one of the top podcasts across all subjects globally, and his weekly live show Space Radio.


This webinar was sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The American Chemical Society.

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