Google Hosts Alda Center Associate Director for #SciComm Talk

Dr. Christine O’Connell, Associate Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, shares tips for connecting with your audience and getting your point across. Working in ocean and environmental science to policy and advocacy, O’Connell saw how the scientists who deeply studied one subject forgot what it was like not to know that subject, hindering their ability to communicate their findings well.

O’Connell trains scientists, doctors, and engineers around the world on distilling their messages and be in tune with their audience using tools like improvistaion, goal setting, body language, eye contact, and empathy. Through her work, O’Connell is finding that when scientists become better communicators, they become better scientists.

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re:Work is a project hosted by Google to highlight the power of data and science to make work better. The re:Work website ( is full of tools, guides, case studies, and more showcasing how a variety of organizations are using analytics to make better decisions about their people. 

This video is from the re:Work conferences where over 150 researchers, thinkers, and practitioners of cutting-edge HR representing convened at Google in Mountain View to discuss changing nature of work. Hosted by Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google, the gathering explored how Google could make its own employees everywhere healthier, and more productive.