Who We Are
Communicating your work: easier said than done.
We know that it can be difficult to communicate for many reasons. For example:
- A lack of formal skills and/or confidence
- The challenge of tailoring a message and sharing complex content to diverse audiences – sometimes separately and sometimes in one room
- Although everyone says “it’s important to communicate your work”, sometimes no time or resources have been planned for the activity
- And sometimes, people are so busy doing the research that they run out of time and energy to share their results.
That’s where we come in.
Our communication skills training, coaching, and facilitation is designed to help clever people master the art of defining, structuring, and delivering their messages in a way that expert, non-expert, and diverse audiences understand.
Whether you need to communicate face-to-face, on the telephone, on stage, or online, we’d love to help.
Why we’re different
We are communicators, presenters, facilitators, moderators, writers, storytellers, and creators. We use our decades (we sound so old!) of knowledge, hands-on experience, and expertise to help scientists, researchers, and academics share their research and become brilliant communicators.
We do this because we believe that the world not only needs science and research but needs to UNDERSTAND the great work that researchers are doing and why it matters.
Our trainers are all native English speakers who have lived and worked internationally, who have held a variety of communication roles, have a passion for audience-focused communication, and who use their real-world communication experience to make our training and coaching programmes energising, engaging and practical.
We’re not actors or “career-trainers”. We’ve built up our experience in the corporate, public, non-profit, and education sectors, and we understand the challenges that scientists, researchers, and academics face because we’ve been there too. This adds a real-world dimension—and value—that few other training companies can offer.
We’re small and agile, but when we’re presented with complex projects that need a larger team, we draw on our network of associates in Europe and internationally to bring in the skills and brains we need.
Suzanne Whitby is the founder and Communications Director of SciComm Success.
Suzanne has specialised in tackling communication challenges head-on for nearly 20 years. In addition to her innovative use of training and facilitation methodologies in her programmes to aid learning, she is known for her ability to cut to the heart of problems and to provide innovative insights, direct feedback, and supportive advice to help people transform their communication and personal impact.
A communicator, trainer, facilitator, cross-cultural specialist, and storyteller, Suzanne’s experience extends across a range of sectors and she has designed and delivered communication and facilitation programmes for many well-known organisations in Europe, the USA, and further afield.
After spending 7 years managing multi-million-pound projects and diverse international teams in the technology, construction, and non-profit sectors, she started a communication consultancy in 2003 based on the principle that “communication matters.” In 2010, a move to Boulder, Colorado resulted in her working with scientists, researchers, and academics from NOAA, NCAR, the University of Colorado, and Naropa University as well with R&D professionals from the oil and gas, aviation, pharmaceutical, robotics, and engineering sectors. She has never looked back.
This led her to found SciComm Success on her return to Europe, where she focuses exclusively on helping scientists, researchers, and academics communicate at their best and who hail from organisations as diverse as TEAGASC, Universität Innsbruck, tirol kliniken, the United Nations University, the International Association of Breath Research, IONIMED, and the Society for Experimental Biology.
A life-long learner, Suzanne is working towards a PhD in the sensory studies in her free time, enjoying the life of an academic researcher working in sometimes pressurised conditions, which makes her work with researchers and academics particularly relevant! On a personal note, she is a voracious reader, an oral storyteller and a “fish hugger” (rather than a “tree hugger”) who loves scuba diving, walking and travelling. She believes in the importance of human connection and creates new communities wherever she goes. She is continually becoming better at “tread more lightly” on the earth and lives in Innsbruck, Austria with her Atmospheric Physicist husband.
Rasheed is a leading life coach, motivational speaker and leadership, business and executive coach whose career spans over 16 years in coaching, training, media, performance and organisational strategy. He often appears in the media with views on life, work and relationship issues – including appearances on the BBC and ITV News and quotes in The Times and Guardian – and his own inspiring pilot TV show.
Rasheed is an inspiring and empowering public speaker and seminar leader. He is a qualified member of The Coaching Academy (for whom he also serves as an associate trainer). He is also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and is former Co-Director of Samaritans (Central London).
He is author of an inspiring range of books, videos and downloads, and is the partner life & business coach of the British Library’s Business & IP Centre, where he runs workshops and webinars for established and aspiring sole traders and small business owners. Prior to his coaching career Rasheed was a successful communications manager and media trainer; a career that began at 18 working for Which? eventually becoming a Press Officer, Media Trainer and Media Spokesman.
Today Rasheed’s works span running award-winning leadership programmes in the NHS to inspiring webinars for entrepreneurs, creatives and healers. He is renowned for his unique “Become Who You Are” approach of inner peace and compassion as the foundation of progress and as such is seen as a leading specialist on inner fulfilment.