Speaking Simply

Whether you are a student writing a thesis, an educator teaching a class, or a forensic scientist sitting on the witness stand, you need to master one critical skill: Clear, concise communication.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) features on its website a brief video that drives home this important point. It illustrates the way that many scientists get bogged down in explaining their work in very technical language—and shows how rearranging your words into simple English can make it easy for anyone to understand.

Go here and click the video on the right side of the page.

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