Academics are constantly asked to explain their research: to colleagues, at conferences, in interviews, sometimes even to our grandmothers! Of course, being able to give a highly technical and detailed account of your project is necessary when you are discussing work with colleagues. But most people, even within academia, will not be privy to your field’s specific terms, methods, and literature. Therefore, knowing how to explain your research to a variety of audiences is essential.
The Common Questions
There are four common questions that people ask academics and, although your aunt and your potential co-author may ask them in different ways, at heart, they are the same questions: