As you explore and develop your research, communication is a key skill to consider. Whether engaging with experts in your field—such as at conferences or during a job talk—or with non-experts—such as in grant applications, media interviews, or social settings—at some point you will have to explain the work you’ve done as a graduate student to various audiences. Our communication pages include tools and exercises to help you as you begin thinking about how you communicate your research to various audiences.
- Identifying Your Audience and Focus
- Starting Strong and Ending Strong
- Structuring Your Presentation
- Adding Images and Visuals
- Developing Your Performance Skills
- Responding to Feedback
In addition to these pages, the Graduate College has a number of resources to help you as you practice talking about what you do.
Research Live!: Each year, the Graduate College hosts Research Live!, a competition that asks graduate students from all disciplines to celebrate their work and hone their presentation skills by giving a compelling 3-minute research talk. Learn more about the event on our Research Live! pages. You can also watch videos of previous participants on Media Space.
Workshops: Check out our upcoming workshops for opportunities to learn strategies for talking about your work to different audiences (including to non-experts, job search committees, and fellowship boards).
GradLIFE Blog: Visit our GradLIFE blog to learn more about how Illinois students talk about their work. Check out entries like:
- "What's it Like to Compete in Research Life? Hear from a few pros"
- "Your Work is Vital, Tell the World About it"
- "5 Tips for Talking About Your Work"
- "Getting Ready for Your First Conference Presentation"
Appointments: If you are preparing to present your work and would like tips or feedback, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with us.