A team from the Alda Center will visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help researchers learn to communicate more effectively with people outside their field, including the general public, policy makers, the media, students, potential employers or funders, and prospective collaborators in other disciplines. Through discussion and practice, we will focus on fundamental skills — knowing your audience, connecting with your audience, and speaking clearly and conversationally about your work and why it matters. This event is private, with participation by invitation only.
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James Rea is a communications coach and consultant who specializes in helping scientists, engineers, and other technical experts reach their key audiences with clear, engaging stories. James started on this path nearly 20 years ago, when he took on a communications role with the U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment Program.
Marcy McGinnis is an Alda-certified instructor. She was instrumental in the creation of the Alda Center and its curriculum development beginning in 2009. Calling upon her decades-long career in broadcast news, she is also at the core of the Center’s curriculum that concentrates on dealing with the media and helping scientists improve their skills communicating with audiences via television, radio, print and digital outlets. Marcy is a strong believer that experiential workshops that increase self-awareness and audience awareness are the foundations and motivating forces of successful science communication. She absolutely loves seeing workshop participants transform their methods of communication “right before her eyes."
Carol brings a lifetime of improvisational skills to her work as an Alda-certified instructor. She studied improv with Del Close at Second City and was a founding member of Chicago City Limits, the award winning Improv group. Carol has used improvisation to inform her work as a long time communications coach and writer. She teaches improv in NYC and is the co-author of “A Doctor and a Plumber in a Rowboat: The Essential Guide to Improvisation for Performers, Teachers, Writers & Everyone else”. Carol is thrilled to be working with the Alda Center. Carol believes that within each scientist there is a dynamic story waiting to be told.
In addition to his work as an Alda-certified instructor, David is a professional actor and stage director who, like Alan Alda himself, trained in improvisational techniques early in his career. Since joining the Alda Center in 2016, his great passion has been sharing this discipline of personal connection with scientists, doctors, and other professionals to improve communication and understanding while igniting curiosity in the public.