As with previous weeks, this last section summarizes the assignments for Week 4 of our self-guided Introduction to Outreach course. Also as before, you will need to read the previous sections for the week for these assignments to make sense. In our live online version of this course, you would be partnering with other class participants to practice your talks (sign up for our mailing list if you would like to be notified of upcoming classes). In this self-guided class though, you should practice your talk with a friend or colleague.
- Don’t panic! For scientists, putting together talks is usually very time consuming. These assignments aren’t like that. In fact, for this exercise, don’t spend more than two hours putting your talk together.
- Using the guidance in these instructions, prepare an Ignite talk intended for the audience you selected in Week One. Be sure to focus the talk on the interests and concerns of your audience.
- Give your talk to a friend or colleague. Ask your friend/colleague to imagine himself or herself as a member of the intended audience. Here are some considerations that your one-person audience should keep in mind:
- Does the talk immediately grab your attention? Why or why not?
- Does the talk seem connected to the interests and concerns of the audience?
- Do you notice any jargon or double meaning language?
- Do any parts of the talk seem confusing?