Learn tools and strategies to help you understand how to effectively communicate with diverse audiences in this 3 hr interactive workshop.
Grounded in the latest research on science communication, this virtual workshop will explore how to build meaningful connections while communicating about science topics. Whether you’re presenting research, getting called for interviews, engaging with community members, making a pitch to a potential donor, or just explaining what you do to a stranger, this workshop will help you communicate more clearly, compellingly, and compassionately with anyone you meet.
Our virtual workshops aren’t your typical webinar. We keep things moving and engagement high through a combination of facilitated group discussion; brief, relevant and interesting content presentation; and meaningful activities in breakout rooms with partners. In this 3 hour, interactive virtual workshop, COMPASS trainers will introduce tools and strategies for strategic science communication, including the Message Box, COMPASS’s fundamental tool for breaking down complex topics into digestible messages.
By the end of the workshop, you will have:
- A stronger understanding of the science behind science communication
- Experience using the Message Box, COMPASS’s signature tool for breaking down complex topics into digestible, effective messages
- A draft COMPASS Message Box of your own, on a topic of your choosing
- Feedback on your draft messages from peers
By registering for this workshop, you are agreeing to use a webcam during discussion and breakout room portions of the workshop. Please also commit to actively participating for the benefit of yourself and the group. Due to the progression of materials presented and the paired exercises, we cannot admit participants who are more than 15 minutes late. More information can be found in the FAQ section belo.
Who could benefit from this workshop?
This workshop is open to anyone who would like to build their strategic science communication skills. Becoming a better communicator is a practice, not a destination; wherever you are on your journey, this workshop will provide you with an opportunity to practice communicating strategically about science topics that matter to you.
The workshop will be held on the video conferencing platform Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with the platform, this one-minute video explains how to join a meeting. You will need a webcam, microphone, and stable internet connection. Recommended upload/download speed is 5Mbps/5Mbps. Test your internet speed here by clicking “run speed test.” This workshop will also incorporate the browser-based whiteboard program called MURAL.