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I’m in the process of learning more about how improvisation acting can make scientists better communicators.  Alan Alda (remember MASH) highlighted this technique as a way to connect with your listeners and readers.   (Alda inspired the creation of the Center for Communicating Science at SUNY Stony Brook.)  An aspect of improv is saying “yes” as often as possible.  If someone jokingly says the sky is purple, most scientists would reply, no…it is blue.  This might be correct, but by being critical, judgmental, and incredibly boring, the scientist likely has lost a human connection with the listener.  Instead, try saying, “Yes, and look, the clouds are red”!  Move the conversation along with an open mind… and have a laugh along the way!  Connect with the public!

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