Communications Training: Connect with COMPASS

Posted by Lauren Hertel on Monday, August 27 2012


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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