Confident Networking

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Academic, Career, PhD | One Comment

The natural networker is at an advantage in the modern world where relationships and connectivity are so vital. The rest of us can reflect on the behaviours and habits of life’s “schmoozers” and apply these to improve our own personal impact. This…

Social Media: Need convincing?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Academic, Career, PhD | One Comment

Today I’m working with a group of researchers the value of social media to their careers and doctoral training. A short workshop can only scratch the surface, but hopefully in this post I can point to a range of sites and share my thoughts on why …

In the loop – what I learnt at the RSE Parliament Day

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Policy | No Comments

A previous post sets out my motivations for attending the RSE Parliament Day. Here I’ll try to explain what I learnt. These views are clearly my own reflections and thoughts on the event. I also tweeted during the day using #RSEScotParl as a hasht…

Parliament Day at the RSE – why I went

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Policy | No Comments

A day with politicians and those who try to lobby and influence them might not sound like your idea of fun, but yesterday I spent an illuminating day at the Royal Society of Edinburgh trying to improve my understanding of the most effective ways t…

Something special in researcher training

Posted by on Mar 29, 2011 in PhD | No Comments

In about an hour I’ll be kicking off the 2011 Edinburgh GRADschool. For those of you not familiar with the term, this is an intensive, residential course aimed at 2nd and 3rd year PhD students at UK universities. During the next 4 days, students w…

Social Media – slides and notes

Posted by on Oct 13, 2010 in PhD | No Comments

The first two “showings” of my new Social Media and your Career workshop happened yesterday in Utrecht. Many thanks to all who attended and made them such a success. By sticking to the core principle of a workshop about careers and introducing soc…

Practicing what I’m about to preach

Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in News | No Comments

The last few weeks have been a huge learning curve for me on social media. Even though I’ve been a user of various sites for many years, I’ve learnt how to use these in a pretty haphazard way – observing the clever tricks of others and trying to c…

Social Media and your Career tamed

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Career, PhD | No Comments

After a lot of research (most of which was a classic display of displacement activity) I’ve finished the first draft of a short workshop on “Social Media and your Career”. It’s taken a lot more preparation than many of my workshops because I felt …

Deadly 50

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Career | No Comments

Another follow up from the amazing and inspiring Girl Geeks’ creativity weekend. I always start my workshops by getting people to introduce themselves (assuming there are less than 40 people in the room, although that would be a very easy way to m…

Girl Geeks wear entrepreneurial knickers

Posted by on Sep 19, 2010 in News | No Comments

After a fabulous weekend with the Girl Geeks I’m now posting the outcomes of our very funny, but very serious discussion on the behaviours women need to be successful entrepreneurs. The origins of the knickers lie in de Bono’s thinking hats. They …