By Erica Gobrogge for Inside Higher Ed
"Those of us who have or are seeking doctoral degrees are experts in our fields. While we are (hopefully) trained to communicate with our colleagues through giving talks, writing papers and the like, we often receive less training on interacting with the public. For many of us, however, such experiences will present themselves throughout our careers -- from the family dinner table to a child’s classroom to the local radio station or a national television broadcast.
I view these encounters as opportunities to share, connect, educate and bolster your career. That said, public engagement can also be challenging on many levels. How do you decide whether to engage? To some extent, this is a time-management question, but it is a topic that many of us encounter in our careers, so it warrants some specific consideration."