Giving a Great Talk: How to Engage Listeners When You Are the Only Expert in the Room

Mar 30, 2023, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Frick Chemistry Laboratory - Taylor Auditorium



Event Description

Your graduate research and scholarship allow you to master a particular topic, which comes with it specialized language and complex concepts. The unintended consequence is that it may be difficult to speak in layman’s terms: you may think in detail and speak without being able to translate the ideas and significance of the topic to people outside your field. Effective communication is important for broadening literacy and engagement among the general public, as well as influencing decision-makers when you have only few minutes to communicate. 
Join us to learn what it takes to be an engaging and effective speaker so you can broadly share your knowledge and make a bigger impact.

Speaker: Amy Aines is a communication strategist, speaker, coach, and trainer who builds career success skills. She teaches graduate students and postdocs at universities and government agencies how to simplify the complex, engage listeners, foster productive relationships, and make a bigger impact with their work. Amy is CEO of Damianakes Communications, a consulting firm she founded in 1999, and co-author of Championing Science – Communicating Your Ideas to Decision Makers, a ‘how to’ book based on her four decades of work with scientists and engineers in the wireless, tech, and biotech industries. A former telecommunications executive, Amy's industry roles have run the gamut from corporate spokesperson for $10B company, to culture and brand builder, technical writer, employee motivator, change manager, media trainer, workshop designer, and speech writer, and speaker coach. She’s had the good fortune to work with leaders at global giants and startups including AirTouch, Genentech, McKesson, BioMarin, Gilead, Cisco, Stoke Therapeutics, Exelixis, Vodafone and numerous emerging tech and biotech firms. When she’s not teaching, Amy volunteers for the STEM Advocacy Institute, Beyond the PhD, and Quest Science Center, and enjoys singing with the Stay at Tone Moms.

Moderator: Rose Guingrich, GS, PSY

Lunch will be provided and all graduate students in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of the book "Championing Science: Communicating your Ideas to Decision Makers."