Ginny Smith Q&A: Telling your Science Story

Q&A with Ginny Smith after her presentation, Telling your Science Story, from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
We all love stories, and science is full of them. Storytelling can help upgrade your public engagement, whether that’s blogging, public speaking or TikTok. These skills might even help pep up your next seminar or keep that cute stranger’s attention in the pub! This session will guide you through the principles of story-telling, and how to apply them to your research. You will learn to consider the audience, and leave confident you can tell your science story in an engaging and effective way.
Links
Twitter: @BraintasticSci & @GinnyFBSmith
LinkedIn: /ginnyfbsmith
Worksheets: Word or PDF
About Ginny
Ginny is a science writer, presenter & neuroscience expert with a talent for making the complex comprehensible, and a passion to bring brain science to audiences around the world. Over years working as a science communicator, she has honed her skill fo...

 

 

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Ginny Smith: Telling your Science Story

Ginny Smith's presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
We all love stories, and science is full of them. Storytelling can help upgrade your public engagement, whether that’s blogging, public speaking or TikTok. These skills might even help pep up your next seminar or keep that cute stranger’s attention in the pub! This session will guide you through the principles of story-telling, and how to apply them to your research. You will learn to consider the audience, and leave confident you can tell your science story in an engaging and effective way.

Worksheets: Word or PDF
About Ginny
Ginny is a science writer, presenter & neuroscience expert with a talent for making the complex comprehensible, and a passion to bring brain science to audiences around the world. Over years working as a science communicator, she has honed her skill for finding the stories in science, and telling them in engaging and compelling ways. She loves to share this as a trainer &...

 

 

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The ‘To Do’ Book Method

For years, Suw Charman-Anderson struggled with an unruly ‘to do’ list, trying all sorts of apps and websites and techniques to try to get it under control. None of them worked, until she stumbled on an innovation that would change everything about her ‘to do’ list. 

In what I am sure is a familiar story for many, my ‘to do’ lists started off as handwritten lists, often on scraps of paper that would be jammed into a notebook. Every item would be crossed off when it was done, and periodically a nearly-finished list would be amalgamated with the scraps of paper into the one new canonical list.

In 2001, when I got my first Palm Pilot, I migrated my ‘to do’ list to it. It felt like progress, but it didn’t make managing my work any easier. As I left the web design world and moved into consultancy, my ‘to do’ lists got more complicated as I juggled multiple projects running alongside each other. Then along came Omnifocus, which was hailed as a breakthrough in our ability to organise mul...

 

 

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Should you become a STEM communicator?

For many people who work in STEM, and especially those in research, science communications or 'scicomm' has become an essential part of their job. But if you're not already engaged in scicomm, should you start?
Why communicate science?
Science is in demand: Journalists are always looking for stories, politicians and campaigners need information to develop policy, fellow citizens want to understand the world around them, and entrepreneurs are looking for new products. STEM research has never had such a wide and varied audience.

On the other side of the coin, STEM institutions are realising that clear and accessible communication of their research is essential to building good relationships with – and gaining the approval of – their communities. Funders are also seeing the value, and frequently request that grant applicants explain how they are going to communicate their findings to stakeholders and the public. And employers, whether in academia or industry, increasingly recognise t...

 

 

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Five productivity hacks to kickstart your day

If you're struggling to get your work days off on the right foot, then these five tips will help you rethink and prioritise your To Do list, and give you some tools for tackling even the most mundane of tasks.
Refine your ‘To Do’ list
To Do lists are possibly the oldest productivity tool we have, and many words have been spilt about exactly how best to maintain them. There are countless apps and websites to manage them, a lot of which let you set an incredible level of detail for each task such as allotting it to a project, adding a deadline, and defining multiple statuses that each task might progress through. The dirty truth is that it doesn’t really matter which app you use, or whether you prefer to rely on pen and paper, so long as you actually keep your list up to date and refer to it regularly.

Equally, amongst all To Do list tips, there’s only one that’s truly essential: Each to do item must be a single, well-defined task that can be executed without requiring further clari...

 

 

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