If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself ?
Last Monday was really an interesting, amazing, and probably embarrassing 🙂 night to me. It was my first exposure to this kind of communicating science activities. I believe that communication science is very important to us as future professors. We are supposed to be both researchers and teachers and you need to be a good communicator in both tasks. Otherwise, how can you present your research ideas or findings to your peers in the domain or other interested people?, and how you will give your lectures to students and communicate your knowledge to them? Accordingly, a good communication skills is a must for all of us.
One of the questions asked to us in this workshop was “Do you think you can describe your research work to your family or other naive people?”. In a famous quote, Albert Einstein said that “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself”. I believe that I am dare enough to disagree with Einstein in this quote. 🙂 Einstein overlooked the potential communication skills can bring to the table. Personally, I know a lot of professors who are really well known in their domain with successful publication records and research career, however, they are not good enough in teaching their ideas to others. So, you can be in a situation that you fully understand something, but you cannot convey it to your students, your family members, your peers, or others. Here comes communication skills into the play. Without good communication skills, you will not be able to do that even if you have a good understanding to what you want to convey. You should learn how to grasp the listener’s attention, how to make him interested in your discussion, how to convince him that your work will have an impact on him. Communication science guides you in achieving this goal.