Who is Your Audience?
Tailoring your research communication strategies to your audience is a vital part of your role as a Scholar and Researcher.
Failing to adjust to your audience could at best lead to significant miscommunication and lack of understanding; at worst it could reflect poorly on your character and make you seem pretentious or careless.
Analysis, Understanding, Demographics, Interest, Environment, Needs, Customized, Expectations— Lenny Laskowski
When communicating research tailor your presentation appropriately to your audience's needs
Things to consider when tailoring your message:
Who will be there and why?
What is this audience expecting?
Is jargon appropriate?
What question will this audience have?
Tailoring your presentation to experts vs. non experts
|Speech and Language||Use of technical terms||Keep technical information to a minimum|
|Organization||Content simple and straightforward, covering the basics||Avoid jargon, and making sure to use language that your audience will understand|
|Questions||Explicit questions: Why your work is relevant to the progress of science||Simple questions: How does this affect me?|
|Results/Data||Explanation of the work and why it is relevant||Make the benefits clear, the why your research is important|
|Audience||Serious professional tone||Appeal emotion wise and relatable|
|Visuals||More complex figures, graphs an tables||Respond best to clear images to help grasp concepts easily|
|Background||Limit background, focus on where it is relevant to your topic||Extensive use of background for clarity|
Meet audience where they are comfortable
Extract clear, simple key points from your research results
Here is a video that breaks down the most essential aspects to communicating with your audience, but also remembering that with different audiences, there are different ingredients needed!