How to Clearly Communicate Your Work to Any Audience

Do you ever… 

  • Get glazed looks from your audience when you’re giving a talk?
  • Notice listeners not paying attention while you describe your work?
  • Ask if there are questions but get no response when you finish speaking?

You can become a skilled communicator using jargon-free language that engages your most important stakeholders without “dumbing it down”.

What you’ll learn:

  • The specific methodology for structuring your talks to build your confidence and raise your comfort level when communicating, regardless of your audience
  • Tested and proven insider techniques for identifying how to connect with listeners before you even start developing your presentation so you can concisely describe the importance of your work in ways that resonate and engage, gaining understanding and increasing support
  • How to boil down explanations of your work to the essentials, enabling you to communicate in various formats – from tweets to elevator pitches – so you can increase your likelihood of getting funding or buy-in while preserving accuracy

This is an interactive online course built specifically for scientists and engineers. Participants will attend 4 live, one-hour webinars with Q&A, perform at-home exercises, and receive 2 rounds of feedback on a self-recorded video.

Dates: Thursdays, January 19 – February 9, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and personal consultation by appointment
Course capacity:
Course fee: $25

I appreciated the mix of practical application plus theory. The focus on honing one-minute, elevator-type pitches about your research worked nicely and leaves participants with a useful takeaway.

Matt Eckwahl, PhD ('19 Postdoc)

Associate Program Officer - Science Innovation, Walder Foundation

What really made Mark’s course stand out was the personalized, iterative process of building narrative in research vlogs.

Anastasia Beiriger, PhD ('19 Developmental Biology & Embryology)

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, University of Chicago

Workshop Instructors

Mark Bayer

Mark Bayer

President, Bayer Strategic Consulting

Mark is an international keynote speaker and consultant specializing in legislative strategy and the art and science of persuasion. Former Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during a 20-year career working in Congress, Mark designs and delivers interactive, true-to-life training that gives scientists and engineers proven, powerful tools for effectively navigating the policy environment in Washington, DC.

Mark teaches scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs the same methodology he used in Congress to rapidly distill complex policies, craft strategies to advance high-profile initiatives, and concisely explain them to Members of Congress and journalists from leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, AP, and many others.

Mark has been touted in Politico for his “decades of superlative experience” serving as a Congressional staff member. His work on how to combat alternative facts has appeared in Science and The New Yorker. Mark has been featured in IEEE-USA’s “Lessons on Leadership” column, and he serves as a guest lecturer in the Science Policy Bootcamp course at Cornell University’s Meining School of Engineering. Host of the weekly podcast When Science Speaks, Mark explores communications, science policy, and career issues affecting grad students, PhDs, and Postdocs in engineering and the natural and social sciences.

Mark is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Master in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


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