Presenting for Your Audience: How Do You Make an Audience Comfortable?

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Creating an environment where your audience feels comfortable understanding the science (and asking questions when they don’t) is part of the presentation process.
In this video, Commonwealth Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia and Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis, T. Brent Gunnoe, Ph.D., lays out a framework for the perfect presentation. The key is to develop a presentation style that the audience feels comfortable communicating with you.
“The only way for the audience to have a complete understanding of the topic is if they feel free to ask questions,” Gunnoe says.
Jackie Fries, Ph.D., Laboratory Director at AltMed and Plants of Ruskin, Organic LettersMost Read Author 2016, says that it’s important that your audience knows that science is a work in progress. Just because the research hints at future application, doesn’t mean that it’s viable just yet.
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