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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Event:  American Geophysical Union
Date:TBD, week of December 15, 2014
Location:Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

Event: 14th Annual River Restoration Northwest Symposium
Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Location: Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA
Registration and more information

PUBLIC SPEAKING RESOURCES FOR SCIENTISTS

Anholt, R.R. 2006. Dazzle ‘em with Style: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation, 2nd Ed. Elsevier Academic Press. (Allison Coffin’s personal favorite!)

Asher, J. 2001. Even a Geek Can Speak -- low-tech presentation skills for high-tech people. Longstreet Press, Inc. Marietta, GA. (Written for the high-tech industry, but very useful when you are trying to convey a complex idea to a broader audience. Includes worksheets.

Baron, N. 2010. Escape from the Ivory Tower: Your Guide to Making Your Science Matter.  Island Press.

Chambers, H.E. 2001. Effective Communication Skills for Scientific and Technical Professionals.  Perseus Publishing.

Dean, C. 2009. Am I Making Myself Clear?  A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public.  Harvard University Press.

Fripp, J., M. Fripp, and D. Fripp. 2000. Speaking of Science – notable quotes on science, engineering, and the environment. LLH Technology Publishing, Eagle Rock, Virginia. (If you’re looking for an excellent quote for scientists.)

Kenny, P. 1998. A Handbook of Public Speaking for Scientists & Engineers.  Institute of Physics Publishing.

Morgan, S. and B. Whitener 2006. Speaking About Science: A Manual for Creating Clear Presentations.  Cambridge University Press. (Great help for visual aids)

Olson, R. 2009. Don’t Be Such A Scientist – talking substance in the age of style. Island Press, Washington. (Scientist becomes filmmaker. A huge wake-up call that not only do we need to DO good science, we also need to COMMUNICATE good science.)

Walters, D.E. and G.C. Walters. 2011. Scientists Must Speak, second edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. (A book in two parts – preparation and delivery. A solid review of public speaking fundamentals specifically for scientists.)


GENERAL PUBLIC SPEAKING RESOURCES

Ailes, R. 1988. You are the Message – getting what you want by being who you are. Currency Doubleday, New York. (“Take responsibility for the communication you send and the communication you receive…Be a proactive—not a reactive—communicator.” Deliver your message using instinct, charisma, and energy.)

Berkun, S. 2010. Confessions of a Public Speaker. O’Reilly Media, Inc. Sebastopol, California. (Janine Castro’s personal favorite! Great for somewhat seasoned speakers who want to improve their skills.  Wonderful section at the back about dealing with a variety of difficult situations – like when the audience hates you…)

Bowden, M. 2010. Winning Body Language – control the conversation, command attention, and convey the right message – without saying a single word. McGraw Hill, New York. (Excellent primer on body language that is useful everywhere and with everyone. Beware, you might be tempted to read the entire book in one sitting!)

Carpenter, R.H. 1999. Choosing Powerful Words: Eloquence that Works.  Allyn and Bacon, Needham Heights, MA.

Detz, J. 2000. It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It. St. Martin’s Griffen, New York. (Introductory book on public speaking.  The author provides a nice checklist.)

Filson, B. 1994. Executive Speeches: Tips on How to Write and Deliver Speeches from 51 CEOs.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  New York, NY.

Frank, M.O. 1986. How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less.  Pocket Books, New York, NY.

Gilman, A.D. and K.E. Berg 1995. Get to the Point: How to Say What You Mean and Get What You Want.  Kendall/Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, IA.

Heinrichs, J. 2007. Thank You for Arguing – what Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can teach us about the art of persuasion. Three Rivers Press, New York. (Fabulous introduction to rhetoric through quotes by famous and infamous people, including a section on learning decorum from Eminem.  Check out Jay Heinrichs’s web page at: http://inpraiseofargument.squarespace.com/)

Heinrichs, J. 2011. Word Hero – a fiendishly clever guide to crafting the lines that get laughs, go viral, and live forever. Three Rivers Press, New York. (An excellent resource for experienced speakers who are looking to refine their art with memorable quips and sound bites. Great examples from Doctor Seuss to Yogi Berra)

Humes, J. 2002. Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln – 21 powerful secrets of history’s greatest speakers. Prima Publishing, Roseville, California. (The focus is on leading through speaking from an experienced presidential speech writer.)

Morgan, N. 2007. Giving Presentations. Harvard Business School Press, Pocket Mentor, Boston, MA. (Short book with reminders and checklists)

Wilder, C. and J. Rotondo 2002. Point, Click & Wow! A Quick Guide to Brilliant Laptop Presentations.  Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA.

Speaking Tips

Speaking Tips Checklist


Web Resources for Communicating Science

Scientifically Speaking
Tips for Preparing and Delivering Scientific Talks and Using Visual Aids
-The Oceanography Society

Center for Communicating Science
The Center for Communicating Science works to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline.
-Stony Brook University

Technically Speaking: A Guide for Communicating Complex Information
Jan D’Arcy’s Presentation Skills Book

Allyn and Bacon Public Speaking Website
Website contains six modules that you can use along with your textbook to learn about the process of public speaking and to help you prepare your talks.

Power Public Speaking Training
Public speaking and presentation skills

Toastmasters International
Communication and leadership development


BLOGS

Communicatalyst
Speaking about Science...the blog about how to communicate scientific concepts to the public, and to other scientists, and about why we should care.

The Speaking Scientist
Presentation tips, techniques, and advice for scientists and engineers.