Communications Training: Connect with COMPASS

Posted by Lauren Hertel on Monday, August 27 2012

Fellows:

Lauren Hertel

For several years now we have highlighted communications trainings by COMPASS in our fall retreats. COMPASS helps scientists communicate their work in a concise, lively manner that will get the attention of non-scientists including journalists and policymakers.

What you may not realize is that our partnership with COMPASS extends beyond the retreats. The trainers are available to answer media-related questions throughout the year for Fellows who have attended a retreat training session, and the organization’s blog often has posts of interest for Fellows improving their communications skills.

Here are a few recent posts to get you started:

Enter an Elevator with Confidence - An overview of how to capture someone’s interest in your work in 60 seconds or less

Credibility Currency - How to protect your credibility as an academic scientist in the face of policy agendas

Pitch Perfect - A primer for scientists reaching out to journalists

And here's a blog post by COMPASS about the training they did for Switzer at the 2013 New England retreat.

Former Fellows are welcome to attend a fall retreat to attend a COMPASS training in person.  If you'd like more information about this or about getting in touch with our COMPASS trainers, please contact Erin.

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