Did you ever have to listen to someone try their first tones on the clarinet? First, it’s just raspy, toneless hissing. Then it’s a horrible, tortured, screeching sound – usually, it is so loud it hurts your ears. And as the son of a clarinet teacher I’ve had that experience several times. Even with the help of an experienced teacher, learning to get a clean tone out of that thing is a tedious and frustrating process.
Playing the clarinet – or learning an instrument – or getting started in any creative activity, really is always like this. Also in podcasting. Nothing is right! It’s nowhere near what those people create that inspired you! Why is everything. so. hard.
One begins to respect that the new hobby, that looks so easy when others do it, is a serious craft. Some crafts are more easily started than others, but all of them are hard to master. The best works of any type were always created by talented professionals with a deep understanding of the craft.
Unless you master a craft your results may be original, but not good.
I am happy to announce that I have opened an exclusive Facebook group specifically for neuroscientists who engage in science communication and science communicators/journalists who specialize in neuroscience.
The purpose of the group is to network by sharing your work and experience, as well as interesting topics you come across.
If you are interested in joining the group, please apply!
When I talk about writing research papers with the target audience in mind I am not talking about pandering. I am talking about choosing the appropriate words, framing and story to make it interesting and accessible to the people I want to read and cite my work.
As I just moved to Germany, I am joining the science communication scene, here. So, I went to a German science communicationconference: “Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation” or “Forum Science Communication”. I could only afford one out of three days but I still found out a couple of things.