It's National Science Meeting Time! Nine Protips on Meeting, Greeting and Getting It Done Like a Rockstar

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

  Congrats….you are off to that awesome annual meeting you adore where your science friends chat you up, cheer you on and buy you a beer. Here’s some protips on making the most of your time, some fun things to do to pass the time and a stern look over my glasses for those of […]

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5 Ways to Instantly Appear More Confident

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It’s fall conference season.  Put your best foot forward as you speak and network with five tips from Nerd Fitness. Today I’m going to teach how you to appear more confident. Why?  Because confidence is one of the most important skills in life that you can acquire (other than learning to use the Force, obviously). […]

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Know the Vital Players in Your Career: Tenure-Track Peers

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An assistant professor in the social sciences once described a group of tenure-track colleagues in his department as “the lamenting society.” Once a week they met for lunch to complain about, well, everything and everyone. At first, attendance at this conclave of the irate exhilarated him: He felt better knowing other people were as unhappy […]

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Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected

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If you’re like your correspondent, the very word “networking” sends a trickle of terror down your spine.  Even the thought of mingling at a conference fills you with dread.  But take heart!  “Networking” doesn’t have to be a four-letter word.  As Devora Zack admits, while it might never be fun, it can become doable if, […]

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The Emerging Scientist Holiday Gift Guide

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Not sure what book to get for the academic in your life this holiday season? With the huge amount of literature available, it’s often hard to decide what material would be the most beneficial to up-and-coming scientists. Fortunately, I’ve done the hard work for you this week at The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Annual Meeting […]

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Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room

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Do you love going to events, but find yourself stranded during happy hour, tongue-tied and tucked in a corner? Initiating and maintaining conversations while networking is a necessary skill, and one you can easily improve with these simple tips. Mastering small talk will help you find common ground to create a mini-bond with new contacts. […]

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Lessons in Leadership: Why You Should Read Colin Powell's It Worked For Me

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell offers leadership advice through storytelling in this collection of anecdotes and true tales.  Each short chapter derives a lesson from an incident encountered in his military and political service, and occasionally from private life.  Often chatty and rarely preachy, the text is as enjoyable as it is informative. An […]

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I Don't Think Team Means What You Think It Means

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Team work. Team building. Team meetings. There’s a whole lot of team-themed language that’s used in how we think about the folks we work with and the projects we develop. And teams are great. Darn great. But last night I started to think maybe the team analogy had spread just a bit too far. I had a beverage and was […]

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How to Talk to People Who Don't Want to Talk to You

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“You’re more interested in what you have to say than anyone else is,” said 60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney. Do any of these sound familiar? “I’m busy. Can you come back later?” “Thanks. We’ve got it covered.” “We don’t have the budget for that.” You’ve probably heard all the above: par for the course when trying […]

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Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink

Rebecca Helton, MA

We are strong advocates of collaboration in innovation, and believe that the proper use of brainstorming techniques is a powerful tool in the collaborative approach. Over our many years of experience, we have seen managers effectively use three simple techniques for avoiding “Groupthink” during brainstorming. From the Harvard Business Review blog network: Yes, You Can […]

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