Communications Training Workshop - Sample Schedule

Half-Day Workshop

Training Session (Approx. 3 hours. Condensed training sessions also available.)

  • Introduction
    • An overview of the value of communicating with the public and of the many ways you can engage beyond the walls of academia.
  • Making Your Message
    • Learn to convey your research in clear and concise language that is accessible to different audiences.
  • Taking Your Message to Town
    • Delve into strategies for engaging in traditional media, social media, policy briefings, and public events.
  • Exercise: The Cocktail Party Pitch
    • Can you describe your dissertation or latest research in jargon-free language while the clock is ticking? This exercise is your chance to give it a try.
  • Wrap-Up and Resources

Panel Discussion (approx. 1 hour)

Political scientists who regularly engage in the public arena discuss why they engage, provide their tips for successful communication, and take part in a question-and-answer session with the audience.