The Elevator Talk (<interactions> XIII.3, May-June 2006) is a brief abstract that describes your research and why it's important. After several rounds of practice, most researchers can develop an Elevator Talk that is understandable to a lay audience. However, if someone asks a researcher to go into any more detail, I have found that prior problems of clarity and jargon rear their ugly heads. Here are some tips for further discussing your research past the 30-second stage. Continue to resist rewriting a paper designed for another audience. Academic writing stresses the statement of background information first, then methodology, data…
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