​Learning your surroundings: Familiarize yourself with surrounding organizations, lab program areas and functions and your budget.

​Communicating clearly, effectively: A director may be spokesperson for the lab or help the communications team shape messages. Effective communication extends into community outreach, interacting with legislatures and working with outside deputies, officials and executives.

  • Communications Checklist:  Use the right messages in clear, concise, meaningful ways for more effective communications, management and teamwork.
  • Message Development Process: Use this step-by-step message development method for all kinds of advocacy communications—within the lab or without.
  • Media Training: As part of its new lab director orientation, APHL will often offer hands-on media training, including on-camera guidance.

​Improve yourself, better your lab: Set personal goals and realistic ways of reaching them. Tracking your own success will help strengthen your lab moving forward.

Be ready for anything:

Training and professional development: