Telling Better Stories

Telling Better Stories With the Same Facts

How do you describe your valuable research experience to a private sector manager? (Online and in-person)

Industry career workshop for scientists

Picture this:  You’re sitting in an interview for the perfect job.  You’ve had your sights on this company for 6 months, researching them to learn about their market and products.  Now you are in their office, speaking to the hiring manager for a job they posted two weeks ago. They’ve read your resume, and they want to know more about you.

What will you say about your qualifications to make yourself stand out?  Sure, you have experience you can relay.  It may be your dissertation research, or perhaps you have some valuable real-world experience, but how do you make them choose you over all the other candidates?

Tell Stories!

Why stories? Humans have told stories for as long as we have historical records.  Nearly every culture on earth has used stories to retain historical knowledge, to educate, to convey moral teachings, or to entertain.  Stories are powerful!

Participants in this workshop will learn the following:

  1. Why stories are so much better than listing skills and credentials
  2. When they can tell stories for the most impact
  3. Five important elements to put in your stories if you want to impress an industry manager
  4. What makes a good story?
  5. How to get started with their most important story

If you want to make sure that you make a good impression on your next interview, or even in an important networking setting, this workshop will help you learn to do it well!


David M. Giltner, PhD – Founder and President of TurningScience

David has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in the fields of optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to enter the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs.

David is the author of the books Turning Science into Things People Need: Voices of Scientists Working in Industry and It’s a Game, not a Formula: How to Succeed as a Scientist Working in the Private Sector and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on the topics of technology commercialization, product development, and career design. David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds seven patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.

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Scientists working in the private sector find that there is often no single right answer to many of the questions they face. For a scientist who has been trained in the skills and habits of looking for right answers, this is often a shift in thinking. At TurningScience, we say that being successful requires understanding that ‘It’s a game, not a formula.’ This talk will help you understand this principle!