Chapter 1.15: Communicating Like a Professional

There is no more important skill for an environmental professional to master than communication. The ability to speak and write effectively is critical to your success after graduation. From composing an effective job application cover letter to writing scientific articles and technical reports or speaking in front of a variety of audiences, it’s hard to overstate the importance of being able to express yourself and communicate clearly.

Background Materials:

General sites for different types of writing:

How to write science (sentences, paragraphs, etc.): general information on science writing:

How to write a cover letter for a job application:

How to write a technical report:

How write a scientific paper:  or

How to write a literature review:

Tips for giving a good speech:

General tips about how to write and give a good speech:  

Giving a technical presentation:

Textbook References and Links:

Practice exercise: giving a persuasive speech:


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