TED speaker Melissa Marshall: Pitch Your Research in 60 Seconds

Feb 12, 2020

01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Hilton Garden Inn, downtown Iowa City

328 S. Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Melissa Marshall

Popular TED Speaker and science communications expert Melissa Marshall will lead this new 90-minute session.

Have you ever been asked to "tell me a little bit about your work" only to struggle to convey your work in an interesting and meaningful way in a short period or time? Or perhaps someone wanted you to "get to the point" right up front in a presentation?

Networking events, conferences, and presentation introductions are just a few examples of scenarios in which it is useful to have a concise, short summary of your research. This interactive and hands-on session will teach you a formula for developing a short pitch about your work to improve conversation and collaboration around your ideas.

Expect to leave the session with a fully crafted, revised, and practiced pitch!


About Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall is on a mission: to transform how scientists present their work. That’s because she believes that even the best science is destined to remain undiscovered unless it’s presented in a clear and compelling way that sparks innovation and drives adoption. For almost a decade, she’s traveled around the world to work with Fortune 100 corporations, institutions and universities, teaching the proven strategies she’s mastered through her consulting work and during her time as a faculty member with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University.

Attendees at Melissa's workshops receive the practical skills and natural confidence they need to immediately shift their “information dump”-style presentations into ones that are meaningful, engaging, and inspire people to take action.

For a sneak peek, check out her TED talk, “Talk Nerdy to Me.” It’s been watched by more than one million people (and counting).

Other sessions

Melissa will also offer the following programs:


Melissa's workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Public Health.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at