Science Talk Part 2: Science Storytelling Tips from Experts

August 15, 2019

Constructing a narrative can be difficult for scientists. In the 3M Scientists as Storytellers Guide, communicators and scientists who work with the general public offer tips on how to do it. Here are a few:

  • “Highlight our shared experiences. Then watch how those stories make people think and feel.” Katie Couric, journalist
  • “The best stories start with a challenge, followed by a journey—the ups and downs, stops and starts—that lead to meeting that challenge head on.” Scott Kelly, astronaut, engineer, and former International Space Station commander
  • “What is the other person going through when we try to communicate? What do they care about? Do they understand the words we’re using?” Alan Alda, founder of the Alda Center for Communicating Science
  • “Have a clear vision of the problems you’re solving, the ideas you’re developing, and how they differ from what’s come before.” Gitanjali Rao, winner of the 2017 national award in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
  • “It’s vital to keep in mind that how you tell your story is just as important as what you say.” Abby Harrison, astronaut

If you have any questions about science and storytelling, feel free to reach out to the University Relations team at unews@umn.edu. For more tips, check out the 3M Scientists as Storytellers Guide.

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