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17 May 2018

Skills for the 95%

We’re re-inventing how professional skills development is delivered for PhDs as part of CDTs. In this blog, I’ll explain a bit of the “why” and a bit of the “how”.  Why are we doing this?  Because there’s a problem.  A report by the Royal Society found that over 95% of STEM PhD holders in the...
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21 Mar 2018

20 Tips for Delivering a Successful Technical Presentation

You’ve been asked to give a presentation about your research at an upcoming conference.  With only a couple weeks before the conference, a combination of fear and excitement has set in.  To help ease your anxiety and help you deliver an awe-inspiring presentation that will be the talk of the conference, we’ve put together a...
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21 Mar 2018

Structuring a Winning Presentation

Choosing the right structure for your presentation, sometimes referred to as the “flow”, is critical to effectively achieving your desired result, whatever it may be.  Additionally, by having a clear structure in mind, it will help you to more efficiently design and prepare your presentation.  The structure provides the framework on which you can build...
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21 Mar 2018

Your Guide to Giving Engaging Presentations

There’s nothing worse than giving a presentation where the audience is completely disengaged.  Now, your instinct may be to blame it on the audience members.  After all, how rude is it for them not to give you their full and total attention?  Well, the reality is it's a shared responsibility.  While they should be giving...
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16 Mar 2018

Designing & Managing a Complex Research Project – Keys to Success

Designing and managing complex research projects is a challenging task for even the most experienced researcher.  As part of our on-going exploration into “soft skills” that deliver big impact for researchers and scientists we’ve discovered some interesting and highly relevant research for anyone involved in a large, complex research project.The research was assembled by Beverly...
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8 Mar 2018

9 Effective Influencing Strategies

Influencing others may be as simple as asking a colleague to do something or as complex as building multi-party coalitions. Whatever the situation, success depends on the strategies you employ. In this blog, I'll outline 9 strategies, when each strategy is most effective and least effective.  You can find more detail on each strategy in...
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6 Feb 2018

Your Guide to Confidently Resolving any Conflict

Conflict is a part of life.  But how many of us have ever been taught how to effectively deal with conflict in a structured, reasoned manner.    In this blog, I highlight the five main strategies for conflict resolution.  You can also download the a Skillfluence guide for knowing which approach is the most appropriate...
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1 Feb 2018

Brainwaves: from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

One of the most enjoyable parts of what we do at Skillfluence is getting the opportunity to work with some ridiculously brilliant people who are doing world-changing work. Through our involvement with the  Edinburgh Centre for Robotics we've had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in robotics.  Last week the BBC caught...
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31 Jan 2018

Talent Pipeline Programme Prepares Next Generation of Aquaculture Leaders

Through a series of tailored development sessions, graduates are learning skills that will amplify their impact on the aquaculture sector.The sessions are part of the new graduate programme announced by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) and industry partners back in June.In the months since, 10 BSc and MSc graduates have secured 18-month paid placements...
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25 Jan 2018

Making it Concrete: Lean Canvas for Startups

I’m on the train, heading back to Glasgow after a brilliant day in Aberdeen where I co-delivered the “Making it Concrete” workshop with Heather Asiala, Programme Manager at Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network. I thought I’d take the time to reflect on the fantastic experience I had with the 5 inspiring women entrepreneurs who I had the opportunity...
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17 Jan 2018

The Magic of Multidisciplinary Research

Multi-disciplinary research is being actively encouraged and promoted throughout the UK, and the world. This is largely due to the acknowledgement that a multi-disciplinary approach is required to solve many of the challenges we currently face..  At Skilfluence we happen to feel the same way.  There are countless examples of how bringing together multiple disciplines...
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11 Jan 2018

Creativity@Home with Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Working closely with Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Skillfluence designed a 2 day EPSRC creativity@home workshop for their PhD students. The Centre’s main programme is the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.  Its goal is to train innovation-ready robotics researchers to be part of a multi-disciplinary enterprise. Participants...
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10 Jan 2018

Designing & Managing a Complex Research Project – Keys to Success

Designing and managing complex research projects is a challenging task for even the most experienced researcher.  As part of our on-going exploration into “soft skills” that deliver big impact for researchers and scientists we’ve discovered some interesting and highly relevant research for anyone involved in a large, complex research project.The research was assembled by Beverly...
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15 Nov 2017

5 Reasons Why Researchers Love Creativity@Home

We often talk about the benefits of creativity@home for the research project itself, which can be significant.  But, we sometimes forget that the biggest benefits are for the participants.  In this short blog post, we wanted to take a moment to remember it's about the people as much as the project. Here are the top...
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17 Apr 2017

Lean Startup & Tech Hub in Uganda

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Last month I traveled to Uganda on business, it’s the most entrepreneurial country in the world* and as someone who works with startup companies and trains entrepreneurs I really wanted to meet Ugandan entrepreneurs to find out more. I had a couple of free days and through local connections I had the chance to visit...
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