This program assists graduate and postdoctoral students in developing streamlined, highly understandable, and compelling written and oral accounts of their research for non-specialized audiences. Topics include interpersonal and public speaking, adapting to various communication contexts, and using metaphors and analogies for clarity and effective description. Through this time-efficient and focused approach, participants will learn how to prepare for successful job talks, grant proposals, and informal conversations with professional and personal contacts.
Please note two things: This workshop is designed to assist participants who are proficient in English, and in communicating with people unfamiliar with their research. It is not designed to improve one's English, nor to assist participants in communicating with their peers.
For the first session, attendees should bring a 250-word draft summary of their research, written for a lay audience with a high school education. We will refine this first draft during the first and second meetings; we will focus on public speaking for the third meeting, and interpersonal skills during the fourth meeting. The last class will be devoted to delivering a summary of one’s research in one minute. It can, indeed, be done.
For more information on I-RITE, go to http://www.stanford.edu/group/i-rite/about.html