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Communication 101: Communication Basics for Scientists and Engineers

What is that we human beings ultimately depend on? We depend on our words. We are suspended in language. Our task is to communicate experience and ideas to others.

Niels Bohr

Communication is one of the most important aspects of science. How you communicate depends on whether you are publishing research results in a peer-reviewed journal, talking to a reporter, interacting with students, or discussing your research with the public.

To build skills that will help you more effectively communicate with public audiences, read through these “Communication 101″ pointers. You will find ways to apply the basics of communication to the specialized nature of scientific topics.

Define Your Audience

Strategies: Choose the Right Words

Choosing Supporting Information and Visualizations

Develop Your Message in 3 Points