Me talk pretty one day. Here's what I mean. FYI. Thanks for the inspiration Sedaris.
PRESS RELEASES (& the like...)
Along with being a scientist, I'm also a trained public information officer (PIO) and public affairs officer (PAO) within the federal government. I'm heavily involved in improving people's ability to communicate more effectively, both professionally and personally. This includes contributions to science communication, public speaking, parenting, and community engagement blogs, websites, podcasts, and videos that promote good communication. I have spent significant time speaking with different audiences, and even worked with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as media lead and spokesperson.
Here's some examples.
As a scientist and professor, I give 40-50 presentations a year. They aren't always knock 'em dead TED talks, but I'm confident I hit more than I miss. That alone is pretty impressive given my [former] crippling fear of public speaking (glossophobia). You might have noticed that I started doing science in 1999, yet my first public presentation wasn't until 2009. It took me ten years and two kids to finally get over my fear. I even started a website (Your Next BIG Speech) to help others with similar anxiety. Here are most of the things I've spoken about since that first talk...