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Mon 30 Jan 2023
10:00 - 12:30

Venue: Online

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Engaged Researcher Online - Research Storytelling Introduction

Mon 30 Jan 2023


Once upon a time there was a researcher who spun a story so enthralling that it captured their audience’s imagination and they remembered the research for years to come.

Was that researcher you? Would you like it to be?

Telling a good story helps you connect with an audience; brings your research to life, visually and emotionally; and makes it easier for them to listen, understand and remember your research.

This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: understanding attention, motivation and the evolution of storytelling, the strength of non-verbal connections, dramatic structures and rhetorical devices; to give you the skills to craft an engaging story to communicate your own research.

And if you want to apply this on a specific story of your own, then further support is available through individual coaching.

Sarah is passionate about the art and science of communication and eloquential is her rattle bag of knowledge, skills and experience which she uses to train, coach and facilitate. Sarah collects research from areas such as psychology and neuroscience, along with practitioners’ experience from the performing arts to fill her bag of tricks, tips and advice. Sarah has been involved in public engagement since 2006, working closely with the Cambridge University. She is also a peripatetic teacher of communication and performance skills in schools, and a co-host of a podcast called Gin and Topic

Target audience
  • PhD students
  • Post-docs
  • Researchers
  • Public Engagement Professionals

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 30 Jan 2023   10:00 - 12:30 10:00 - 12:30 Online Sarah Cruise

Participants of this course will:

  • Understand the power of storytelling for research communication
  • Examine styles, forms and structures
  • Consider techniques to capture and maintain attention
  • Explore ways of enhancing memorability and understanding through rhetorical devices

After this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways in which they can motivate an audience to engage with their research
  • Consider direct and indirect messaging
  • Use dramatic tools to structure and enhance their story

2.5 hours workshop

System requirements

Good internet connection: the session will be held on Zoom.

Please arrange to be in a space which would enable you to be actively involved in this workshop, with the ability to have your video on, mic in use when you want to speak, and access a web browser to use resources on Padlet alongside Zoom.


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