• open panel
  • Home
  • Presentation Tips
  • “We desperately need great communications from our scientists and engineers in order to change the world”

“We desperately need great communications from our scientists and engineers in order to change the world”

 

I was coaching a scientist with the CDC.  She was preparing to present research findings about HIV prevention.

It occurred to me that I may never pull together a presentation with as great an impact on human lives as this scientist.  But if I could help her communicate her message, then my work had meaning.

 

Melissa Marshall’s TED Talk – Talk Nerdy to Me

In a four minute TED video, Melissa Marshall, a faculty member with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University, summarizes some great advice for technical presenters.

In particular, I love these quote…

“We desperately need great communications from our scientists and engineers in order to change the world.”

“Making ideas accessible is not the same as dumbing it down.”

Melissa Marshall – TED Talk

 

Watch the video and see if you agree with her points.  Then add to the conversation in the comments section below.

What’s the Meaning of Your Work?

Does your work have meaning?  How are you communicating that meaning?  How could you present better so that you can help change the world for the better?

 

Leave a Comment