Communication Exercise: Focusing on the Audience to Communicate

Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University

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Abstract

This exercise requires participants to focus on the reactions and comprehension of their “audience” exclusively, instead of their own “presentation” experience. Often, we scientists focus on “what I need to say” at the cost of “what they need to hear.”

It may be easy to blame communication challenges on the fact that someone else is “not listening” or “not a scientist” or “not in my field.” But as the speaker, you control the communication and your goal should be to center the audience’s comprehension and to adjust your speed, content, etc., to enable them to follow you.

You can do this exercise in pairs, so it can be used for larger groups. For small groups, you can also do this exercise as one unit with the facilitator leading or simply side-coaching as one participant leads.

The estimated time taken for the exercise is 15 – 20 minutes including a debrief.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2022
EventEuropean Association for Forensic Science Conference (EAFS22) - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 30 May 20223 Jun 2022
Conference number: 9th
https://www.eafs2022.eu/

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ConferenceEuropean Association for Forensic Science Conference (EAFS22)
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm
Period30/05/223/06/22
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    Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee & Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, 30 May 2022, p. 1-5. 5 p.

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  • Communication Exercise: Finding Commonality with Multiple Audiences

    Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee & Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, 30 May 2022, p. 1-5. 5 p.

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    Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee & Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, 30 May 2022, p. 1-3. 3 p.

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