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Occasional Talk with Darcy Gentleman

All effective talks need to be persuasive talks: At minimum a speaker needs to persuade the audience to hold attention; only then can a speaker have a hope of motivating the audience to consider, change, grow, adopt, etc. Crafting and delivering a persuasive talk requires putting audiences first. A speaker’s role is to show in the present why and how their insight could benefit the audience’s future(s). Theories drawn from oratorical analysis, marketing, and cinematic storytelling illustrate successful communication techniques. Examples of putting theory into practice in policy venues, science popularization, and art-science dialogues will show the value of audiences-first communication strategy. Learning how to deliver persuasive talks and researching why such methods are effective will help inform decisions that turn present needs into future possibilities.

Darcy is a communications consultant with over 15 years’ experience. He coaches all speakers National Academies’ art-science “DASER” salons, building on experience co-producing live infotainment events. Darcy also organizes policy briefings for the American Chemical Society, contributes to YouTube channel ACS Reactions, and created and ran the Chemistry Champions science communications competition. Previously, Darcy was the managing editor of Environmental Science & Technology and the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. From 2003-2008, Darcy was a chemistry lecturer and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. He is an alumnus of The Banff Center’s Science Communications (2008) and attended the Summer Institute at The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University (2014). He has a PhD and MS in Chemistry from Arizona State University (2003) and an Hon BSc in Planetary Science, and Chemistry, from the University of Toronto (1999).

Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: Coor 5536

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here.