My first time at Virtually Speaking Science has just wrapped, and unlike future events where I will be the host, this time out, I was the guest. It was a “getting to know you” tour hosted by Jennifer Ouellette, and we covered quite a lot of territory, from blowing up science labs to doing wildlife rehab, the computer industry, telemedicine, college, grad school, and how Leigh Turner and Carl Elliott sucked me back into the world of ethics, somewhat kicking and screaming.
It was fun, if weird to talk about myself and my interests exclusively; it’s not how we’re trained to socialize, and I kept having to tamp down the instinct to ask Jennifer questions about herself; I suspect that means it’ll be much easier to be in the host chair when it’s time to talk to others.
The other thing that I found myself pausing over, even if it might not have been noticeable on-air, was jargon. Continue reading