I worked with Will Cox, a dissertator in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to improve a talk he was giving to “a lot of very important, smart people.” (Remember, Science Refinery can help you improve more than just your written articles! Check out the range of projects I work on here.) Watch him talk about his experience:
In case you can’t watch video, here’s what he said:
I had a very nice experience working with Lauren from Science Refinery…. She took a lot of time sitting down with me, watching me go through my talk. She took many notes and helped me improve every aspect of the talk from designing slides, to how I carried myself and spoke, to how I walked people through the logic of my ideas–just every aspect of the scientific process–helped me improve my graphs, all kinds of things. Her insights were very thoughtful and insightful and really helped me improve my presentation. When I finally gave it in front of a huge room full of all these professors, I really felt confident that I had a good package that I was able to deliver to them, and I couldn’t have done it without Lauren’s help.
She’s really able to cut right through a lot of the hangups and crap that people have with their own work and their own writing and really help them communicate effectively to new audiences and different people who might not be as familiar with their particular areas of expertise. She really just provides an invaluable service and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to be a good communicator. As a scientist, communicating well is one of the most important things–perhaps the most important thing–that we do, because it doesn’t matter how good your science is or how important it is: if you can’t communicate to other people why it’s important, then you won’t be able to help it reach its full potential. I think that Lauren really helped me reach my full potential and I would highly recommend Science Refinery to anyone else who is working in science and wants to communicate well.