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10 Sep 2020

Are Virtual Conferences a Win for Exhibitors?

Are Virtual Conferences a Win for Exhibitors? The Skillfluence team have prepped their virtual booth for our first virtual conference – 4 days exhibiting at Vitae Connections! We’ve spent the last 6 months adapting our training to deliver all of our programmes online and have reached over 1,000 researchers in that time (hear more at...
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3 Jun 2020

Adapting to the “new normal”

Adapting to the “new normal” As lockdown continues, we’re all coming to terms with what the “new normal” might involve in our personal and professional lives.  Firstly, everyone at Skillfluence extends their best wishes to you and your family and hope that you all remain in good health.  Secondly, we would like to say a...
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20 Aug 2019

Proven Process + Good People + Hard Work = Results

If you’ve ever organised a training programme for PhD students around a “non-core” topic like “working with industry”, you know how difficult it can be to get students to attend. You also know how important it is to develop these “transferable” skills in PhDs.  We recently had the opportunity to run a pilot designed specifically...
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15 Aug 2019

5 Insights from our first “Blended” Programme

If you’ve ever organised a training programme for PhD students around a “non-core” topic like “working with industry”, you know how difficult it can be to get students to attend. You also know how important it is to develop these “transferable” skills in PhDs.  We recently had the opportunity to run a pilot designed specifically...
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20 Jul 2018

Business Etiquette

“Civility costs nothing and buys everything.” — Mary Wortley Montagu. Why is Having Professional Business Etiquette Important? Business etiquette is a highly valuable transferable skill in almost every career. It’s how you present yourself to others and showing you are to be taken seriously. Business etiquette helps to build and maintain long-term professional relationships with...
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8 Jun 2018

Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

We recently conducted an Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) survey with 90 graduate students to evaluate if there is a gap in this soft skill area and to discuss possible solutions. It’s been almost 30 years since the term ‘emotional intelligence’ first appeared in literature. It’s a desirable attribute in any career, but nevertheless, is lacking in...
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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...
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8 Mar 2018

Stop Wasting Time!

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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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