Communicating Science: Giving Talks

Communicating Science:  Giving Talks is the first in a series career development guides published by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  Communicating Science provides advice from scientific speakers, tips on putting together talks, insights into how to use technology to your benefit, horror stories about speeches gone wrong, and pointers to inexpensive, approachable resources available in most communities to polish speaking skills and gain confidence.  

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Further Reading

The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid
Michael Alley

At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator
Kathy Barker

Intercultural communication in the global workplace
Linda Beamer and Iris Varner

"Patterns of visual dominance behavior in humans."
J.J. Dovidio and S.L. Ellyso from Power, dominance, and nonverbal behavior.

Successful nonverbal communication, principles, and applications.
D.G. Leathers

The accountant’s guide to professional communication: Writing and speaking the language of business
M. McKay and E. Rosa

Silent Messages
A. Mehrabian

Explaining Research:How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work
Dennis Meredith

Effective Business Presentations
J. Tisdale

Other Resources

The Gettysburg Address reduced to a powerpoint presentation:  [Link]

Paul N. Edwards’ "How to Give an Academic Talk: Changing the Culture of Public Speaking in the Humanities": [Link]

How (not) to give a seminar from FEBS Letters 534:5-6, 2003

Phil Agre at UCLA, Hosting a Speaker: A Guide for Graduate Students:  [Link]

New York Times H1N1 swine flu outbreak map:  [Link]

New York Times motion graph of how Americans spend their time:  [Link}

See a video of photographic artist Chris Jordan’s work:  [Link]