Melissa Marshall aims to teach great communication skills to scientists and engineers, so that they can effectively share their work.
Melissa Marshall is a crusader against bullet points and an evangelist for effective slide design in scientific presentations. She believes that the future depends on the innovations of scientists and engineers, and is passionate about helping them effectively tell the story of their work.
A faculty member with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University, Melissa specializes in teaching speaking skills to engineering students and has also lectured at Harvard Medical School, the New York Academy of Sciences, Cornell University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Melissa is the co-founder and advisor for the Penn State Engineering Ambassadors, an award-winning science and engineering outreach communication program. She is also an organizer and the faculty advisor for TEDxPSU, a student-run TEDx event held at Penn State each year.
“Our scientists and engineers are the ones that are tackling our grandest challenges, [but] if we don't know about it and understand it, then the work isn't done.”
“When presenting your work, drop the bullet points. … Bullets kill, and they will kill your presentation.”