2 responses to “(mis)communicating your work”

  1. K

    Figure out what the ‘story’ is, the narrative you want to tell. Once, I have the story, then I fill in the data to support that story. To me, this method makes a much better presentation/poster than just throwing all the data up there.

  2. Ben

    I give talks on a small niche of the already poorly understood field of astronautics. I gave some talks in recent years where I was worried I’d made them too basic and patronizing. People thanked me. Explaining orbits is enough work. Explaining Lagrange orbits even more so. Explaining how a solar sail can change a Lagrange orbit is a whole other story. Nice 3D rendered pictures of the scenario, few to no words, plain English explanations using the pictures, and daring to go too basic – from my perspective – made all the difference. I’ve heard it called the “curse of knowledge” of our own work that we need to get over.

    Yeah, posters are different, because they need to tell the story in your absence.