You Don't Have to be a Star to Shed New Light
A Guide for Telling the Addiction Research Story to the Public
|Public Speaking Cont.|
´ Assume that most of your audience have had negative experiences with an addicted person.
´ Begin and end your talk with a memorable statement.
´ Make eye contact to establish a relationship with your audience.
´ Include personal experiences.
´ Thank your sponsors and the audience.
´ Don’t read a speech unless you absolutely must. It is better to speak from an outline.
´ Don’t tell the audience that you’re nervous. They know you are because they have been there.
´ Don’t eat or drink too much before a talk. It can reduce alertness and make you sleepy.
If you feel that your work is worthwhile, then you have a story to tell that is worth hearing. Accepting opportunities to speak to business, fraternal and professional groups is usually the first step in becoming a science communicator. Such organizations usually have a program chairman whose job it is to find interesting speakers for what may be as many as 50 weekly meetings a year. They are always pleased to be contacted by a professional who has an interesting program, activity or project to discuss.
Organizing a Talk
1. Get their attention
2. Tell your story
3. Reinforce your message
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