Distilling Your Message

Led by Evonne Kaplan-Liss, MD, MPH and Louisa Johnson of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, the Mount Sinai Institute of Technology (MSIT) hosted an interactive session entitled "Distilling Your Message," that introduced participants to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to nonscientists. The session consisted of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to an audience. Problems and solutions in public interactions was discussed, as well as peer-to-peer communication. Participants were introduced to clarity in speaking to non-scientists about their work and were actively engaged in improvisation exercises and explaining scientific material to lay people.