Training for executives, experts or scientists

Some public speaking coaches say they can work with anyone but a scientist or technical expert. Some don't have the nerve or the expertise to tell the CEO or president how to change a bad speaking habit. Not so Denise Graveline, who helps experts and executives to translate from the technical without dumbing down their content. You might just want your scientists and experts to be able to communicate clearly with marketing, development or a legislative committee--or be able to field questions at a community meeting or lecture with ease. Your CEO might do well in person but not in interviews, or want to move from good to great when it comes to public speaking appearances. Graveline is a Washington, DC-based public speaking and presentation coach who works with your experts and executives to help them:
  • Structure talks, presentations or media interview responses for maximum impact so that non-technical audience members receive and remember the intended message;
  • Speak dynamically, with appropriate use of gesture, props, movement, expression and vocal skills to make technical processes, methods and results come alive;  and
  • Share the details in the right places to create “invisible visuals” – the pictures in the mind’s eye that stay with your audience or the reporter long after your talk or interview is over.
Graveline honed her skills in leadership communications posts at several major national scientific, medical and environmental organizations, including The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the American Chemical Society; the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the journal Science; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has worked with a wide variety of experts and executives in industry, academe, government and the nonprofit sector, and offers executives, CEOs, experts and scientists these types of training opportunities:
  • Media interview skills
  • Crisis or emergency response communications media training
  • Public speaking and presenting skills
  • Message development, to better structure talks, presentations and interviews
  • Social media skills to advance messages and start conversations with interested public audiences
Graveline authors The Eloquent Woman, a popular blog on women and public speaking.  She facilitates training workshops for scientists in all disciplines sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has trained entire labs and departments, corporate innovation teams, business and association leaders, boards of directors, university faculty, university presidents, senior government officials, government scientists and more. Other clients in public speaking include technical experts at:

·         Wrigley Global Innovation
·         IBM Business Consulting Services
·         U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate cybersecurity programs
·         American Society of Nephrology
·         INFORMS: The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
·         Universities including The Rockefeller University, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Binghamton, San Francisco State, Bucknell, UMBC and many more

To inquire about individual, small group, and large group workshops for scientists and experts in communications skills, or about inspiring talks about communicating science and making communications part of your research team's activities, email Denise Graveline at info[at]dontgetcaught[dot]biz.

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