Fear of public speaking

Five tips to turn your anxiety into an ally Cold sweats. Forgetting your lines. Red face. Stuttering. Croaky voice. Feeling as if you’re completely losing control over your body and mind. Help! What about you? Is the stage your second home, or is public speaking your worst nightmare? The good news: fear of public speaking…

Why not try an analogy to communicate science?

Why not try an analogy?

Some matters cannot be explained in simple terms. Science is intricate and your research is often so specialized that even people from your own discipline have a hard time fully grasping your explanations. How then do you expect the common man – researchers from other disciplines or the general public – to understand your explanations?…

How Word is your Powerpoint?

How Word is your PowerPoint?

Question: how essential are you for your own presentation? Chances are you are of much less value to your presentation than you would hope. The problem: the presentation as a document You may not realize it, but the remark: “I am unable to attend. Would you please forward me the slides to your presentation?’ is…

Food as concrete communication

How much food are you throwing away?

We throw away one third of our food’, I read in the newspaper. A calculation made by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). One third! And that was not all I was amazed about. During my Science Communication workshops I always stress to the researchers the importance of being concrete in…