West Deptford, New Jersey, March 31, 2016: Ninja Communications (www.ninjacoms.com), a strategic communications consulting and solutions provider, announced today that Virgin Islands EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) has engaged the firm to conduct two strategic science communications workshops in conjunction with its Annual Conference in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Since 2010, Ninja has created and led dozens of science communication consulting and coaching programs spanning the U.S. and its territories. Through these sessions more than 5,000 U.S.-based scientists, engineers, educators, and other professionals have come away with the insights and skills needed to more effectively champion their science and the scientific enterprise.
In making today’s announcement, Ninja Communications co-founder, Joe Schreiber, said, “Over the past five-plus years, Ninja has been privileged to help thousands of science professionals more skillfully and influentially communicate the value and significance of the work they do every day to improve the human condition. We couldn’t be more honored that Virgin Islands EPSCoR turned to Ninja to help them fulfill this vital mission.”
Frequently lauded as “transformative” by its alumni, Ninja workshops have gained a legion of converts to “The Ninja Way” of strategically communicating. Begun in 2010 under commission from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Ninja’s Becoming the Messenger and Supercommunicator coaching programs have gained prominence in the U.S. science community because of their ability to immediately enhance participants’ communication effectiveness. Workshop participants consistently praise Ninja workshops saying their unique combination of scientifically-informed strategies, practical examples, easy-to-follow tools, and engaging, multimedia-rich sessions provide the proven knowledge and approaches that fuel communication success.
Ninja co-founder, Dan Agan, described the coaching this way, “Ninja workshops aren’t about turning scientists into TV stars or PR flaks. They’re about strengthening the fabric of the scientific enterprise. They equip science professionals with the reliable, commanding voice that enables them to better inform decision making on crucial matters like climate change, cyber security and education, and ensure that society fully appreciates how scientific investment rewards us many times over by consistently making our tomorrows better than today.”
Dr. Carrie Jo Bucklin, Outreach and Education Coordinator of Virgin Islands EPSCoR, said, “Science generally, and VI EPSCoR in particular, have essential roles to play in contributing to public knowledge and engagement on subjects like climate change, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise. Having attended a Ninja Communications workshop in a previous position, I witnessed first-hand just how powerful this coaching is in enhancing scientists’ communications capabilities. When I joined VI EPSCoR, I was eager to bring this same opportunity to my colleague scientists and researchers here in the Virgin Islands, because, quite simply, a Ninja workshop stands out, even among the most effective, valuable professional development programs.”
Two sessions will be held in St. Thomas. The first session, on April 5, 2016, will be a full day of communications coaching entitled, Becoming the Messenger. The agenda covers message creation and distillation, talk-and-slides presentations, media interviews, non-verbal communication, and video production. The second, half-day session, on April 6, will convene a select group of 12-15 professionals to take part in the Ninja Communications Coaching Academy. This session equips participants with the critical assessment and communication coaching skills needed to evaluate communication effectiveness and recommend improvements.
Agan closed by saying, “Meaningful development of communication skills is largely missing from science professionals’ years of formal education and continuing education programs — not just here, but throughout the world. In today’s trans-disciplinary, global, scientific enterprise, more and more science professionals are discovering that these skills are no longer ‘nice to haves.’ They’re absolute necessities for optimal effectiveness and career success.”
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