What are some tips on writing for non-technical audiences? I wrote a review for my lab prof about something I want to study, but because he is not familiar with the field, he asked me to translate into "layman's terms." The other day, I was interviewed by the school paper about a poster I presented. The reporter, a grad student, seemed slightly confused, no matter what words I tried to use. This is slightly frustrating, because the ability to communicate eloquently is important in any field. What are some techniques you have used to explain new concepts to people who don't know about the field? How do you translate scientific jargon "eg. Pathway XY causes a hemodynamic response in the AB area" into words people can understand?