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Dr. Richard Huysmans' Podcast

Dr. Richard Huysmans' Podcast

By Dr Richard Huysmans
Dr Richard Huysmans is a speaker, author, trainer and coach. He's worked with hundreds of PhD students and researchers across Australia and the world. In this podcast, Richard covers all parts of PhD and academic life. From being a better PhD student, to being a better PhD supervisor to writing papers, or getting funded.
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Dr. Richard Huysmans' Podcast

How to Build a Research Group
The steps for building a research group or lab are vague and unclear. For people with a great idea, hoping to build a business on it, there are coaches, start-up programs, business information sessions, incubators, co-working spaces, mentors, seminars, workshops, and more. Yet for research there is very little. In this blog I look at the business advice and translate that into advice for researchers. Link to transcript:
June 15, 2022
Turning Your Research into Your Business
Have you turned your PhD topic or experiences into a small business? How did you do it? I was an entrepreneur before it was cool. Before being an innovator or being agile was a thing. I was an entrepreneur when it was called owning your own business. Being self-employed. For some, there’s an attraction to the idea of turning some or all of your PhD into your job. And that was what I did. Here, I talk about the steps that I think are necessary to go from PhD to business. Link to transcript:
June 08, 2022
Six Steps to a More Competitive and Organised Grant Application
What are your tips for being more competitive and organised when it comes to writing a grant? Here are 6 from me: Prewrite. Know your funding sources. Prepare your application based on those funding sources and their preferences. Say “no” – Not all people, grants or situations are equally worthy. Plan ahead (a year calendar will help). Practice – You cannot improve without practice. Link to transcript:
May 30, 2022
Twenty Questions for Humans Who Are Studying a PhD
We are constantly told to self-reflect. But if you’re not in the practice of it, reflection can be really hard. In his book 20 Questions for Humans, Craig Harper helps readers do just that – answer 20 questions that will help them self-reflect. In this blog, I look at each question Craig poses and suggest the equivalent in the context of your PhD or research. Link to transcript:
May 27, 2022
Why You Should Write a Good-bye Letter to Academia
Are you thinking about leaving academia but finding it hard? Why not write a good-bye letter? The transition from one sector to another is difficult. So is a change in job or a change in a career. But when you’ve had your heart set on a career – like many in academia – that transition is even harder. Link to transcript:
May 24, 2022
Five Skills I Can Use to Develop My Career Beyond My PhD
Five transferable skills for all PhD students: Problem solving. Project management. Written communication. Oral communication. Presentation skills. Be careful when identifying your transferable skills from your PhD – not all are created equal. Link to transcript:
May 17, 2022
How to Get a Mentor
So you’ve been told to find a mentor. Take these four steps: List the traits you’re looking for. Note who in your network has those traits. Meet with them. Confirm the relationship Link to transcript:
May 12, 2022
How to Select a Social Media Channel
As an academic, at some point you’ll need to take your research social. If you like pictures, use Instagram. If you like writing, use LinkedIn. If you like video, use YouTube and then share. If you want to connect with other academics, use Twitter. If you want to engage with the general public then Facebook or Instagram will be better. LinkedIn will be best for getting industry partners.   How did you come to choose the social media channels you are on? Link to transcript:
May 02, 2022
Five Forgotten Transferable Skills
How do you identify transferable skills? One way is a time in motion study or a skills audit. Or, you can google “transferable skills” and see what the internet tells you. Here are five skills - tenacity, collaboration, comprehension, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and software use – and why I think they are transferable. Link to transcript:
April 26, 2022
Six Things to Do to Increase Your Resilience
PhD students have some of the poorest mental health of ANY professional – inside or outside research. Even worse, the turbulence associated with science and research careers does not make things easier. Thus, building resilience and copying strategies before you need them will be important to long-term health and success. Here are 6 strategies - note your thoughts, analyse your thoughts, be mindful, note good things in your life, have a balanced life, live in alignment with your values.
April 21, 2022
Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should
As researchers, it is easy take on everything. Writing, researching, promoting. The lot. However, doing it all is probably not the most effective use of your skills. In this blog I challenge you to take a closer look at the work you do and ask yourself, “Can someone else do this?”
April 12, 2022
If I Were a Vice-Chancellor
With all of the trouble being faced by universities and researchers, I go thinking about the things I would do if I were a vice-chancellor for a day. I made a list of 11 items. The cover gender equity, PhD training and recruitment, staff development, and the allocation of IP ownership. You can hear more on my podcast. Link to transcript:
April 06, 2022
Should My PhD Supervisor Be a Mentor, Colleague or Boss?
PhDs are large undertakings for both the student, and their supervisors. Yet, not much time is spent considering the type of supervisor a student might need or want. Furthermore, little thought is devoted to how this might change throughout the process. In this blog I look at three approaches – boss, colleague, mentor – and how each might be beneficial at different stages of the PhD. Link to transcript:
March 29, 2022
Thirty-Eight Things to Help You Transition out of Academia
Leaving academia isn’t easy. Especially if that’s what you’d thought you’d do your whole life. So, although this post won’t help you deal with the emotional side of leaving, it does offer 38 practical things you can do to help make the transition easier. Link to transcript:
March 23, 2022
Presentation Skills
People can think you’re either “good” or “bad” at presenting. But I think the truth is that you can get better (or worse). And, through practice you can improve. In this podcast, I went through some of the things I do when preparing a talk. I covered what I think is important when it comes to presenting your research work, and suggested an approach to try, next time you give a talk.
February 16, 2022
Using Your Network to Establish Industry Connections
Competitive research grants aren’t getting any easier. One way to address the problem is through finding and working with an industry partner. Imagine if you spent the same time building an industry connection as you did write a grant….? What would that world look like? How could/would you make that happen? Link to transcript:
February 13, 2022
Are You Addicted to Academic Life?
In this podcast I go through 12 questions that might indicate you're addicted to academic work, and it's time to change your habits. Academics tend to portray themselves as working all of the time and in all places. However, that’s not sustainable IMHO. In a recent group coaching session we discussed both approaches. Both seemed successful for those in the group. However, I don’t believe both will be useful long term. Making academic life the centre of your life, might be fine for short bursts or distinct periods in your life. But, at what point does that become an addiction? Maybe it is time to ask yourself – Am I addicted to academic work? Link to transcript:
February 06, 2022
Building Your Career by Leaving Your Employer
Different people will have their own ideals. What and how they want to build a career. But what I can say in all cases, making the opportunity (rather than waiting for it) will be a faster path to your success. And, in many instances leaving a job and an employer has FAR more upside than downside..   So, if you’re wanting more from your job, career or business, start making it happen.   In this podcast I go through three career building cases studies. Link to transcript:
January 30, 2022
Improving Your Productivity
Rather than working more hours, one of the best things you can do to ensure your PhD finishes on time is to improve your productivity.   But, knowing how or where or when can be hard.   In this Tuesday Talk, I ran through some of the things I do to stay productive. I also covered the advice I give academics and how different approaches have worked (or not) for them.
January 28, 2022
Strategic Planning
COVID has taught us so much. Including the value of a good plan. And the value of getting rid of old plans when they no longer suit us. One planning technique often named, but rarely implemented well is the strategic plan. If you’ve often wondered what’s the difference between a plan and a strategy. Or what the differences are between a strategic, business or operational plan – come along to to this workshop!
December 01, 2021
What Is Coaching, and How you Can Use It?
Most people have experienced coaching in some form or another in their life. From sports, to music, to art, and to life. People are coaching and being coached all of the time. However, most people assume coaching is telling – by an expert to a novice. But if that were true, no elite performers would have coaches. Instead, think of coaching as asking. And to be an expert coach you need to be an expert at asking good questions. Link to transcript:
November 26, 2021
When to Change Your Research Plan
Four responses to things changing in research: Turn around and go home – Essential forget the goal for now. Wait it out – Do nothing. Take a different path – See if someone can help fill the gaps. Adjust your goal and therefore your route – Change approach.   All 4 are valid. All 4 are useful. And all 4 need to result in a change to your research plan. Link to transcript: 
November 19, 2021
Writing Grants – Nov 2021
Grants and grant writing is boring. I get it. So, we’re all looking for a way to make it better. More fun. Easier to get funded. I’m not sure I have any magic answers. But I do know we’ll cover some of the things that help make grant writing less difficult. That help turn a good application, into a great one. That help improve the quality and reduce the time it takes to write grants in the long run.
November 17, 2021
Lifting Your Project Management Game
If you're finding your current project or planning approach is not effective. If you're finding you're not getting the stuff you want to do done, then you need to change something. Change what you do or change your plan. If you want to improve your project management and planning game try these 3 things: Have plans that cover different timeframes. Follow routines to make progress (rather than setting goals to hit). Make tasks small and easy enough that it is hard to not do.
November 12, 2021
Writing Faster and Better
Four tips for writing faster and better: Summarise using sentences. Write as if no one is reading. Write, just write. Join a writing group. Link to transcript:
November 05, 2021
Networking for Career Success
Networking is probably the MOST valuable skill for your career. It will be the one thing that gets you a job, a role, an opportunity – consistently. But what does it even mean ”to network”? And how can I make sure the networking I’m doing is helping my career.
November 03, 2021
Manage Your Energy Not Your Time
Just like managing the time you use your phone is useless once the battery is dead, so too is managing your time once your batter is dead. So, if you’re trying to improve your productivity, and time management isn’t working, try energy management. How? Observe what drains or sustains you. Alternate those tasks. Re-observe. Link to transcript:
October 29, 2021
How I Run My Social Media (and How You Can Do the Same)
Eight things I did to get better at social media: Attend workshops and training on being better at social media. Build a follower persona. Develop a strategy. Use scheduling tools. Create a “social media post ideas” folder. Let go of perfection. Watch and learn from others. Watch and learn from my own social media performance. Link to transcript:
October 22, 2021
Taking Time Off
It can be hard to take time off. But it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. To make matters worse, our role models – aka supervisors and bosses – can appear like they don’t need, nor take annual leave. EVER! In this workshop, I talked about the value of taking time off, setting a good out-of-office message and avoiding the humps of work that arise before you leave and when you return.
October 20, 2021
Eight Ideas on Improving Your Productivity
Eight tips to increase your productivity: Important stuff first. Boot up routine. Shut down routine. Three items to-do list. Strive for productive not efficient. Set work schedule. State your intent. Do the difficult stuff first. Link to transcript:
October 15, 2021
What If We Knew What Reviewers Said About Other Grants
On Amazon you can see the reviewer history. You can see what other products they’ve reviewed, and what they said. Would a similar approach be useful in academia? Would that make receiving a negative review easier? Link to transcript:
October 10, 2021
Looking for Work
Looking for work is one of the hardest career activities you will do. Despite the so-called resilience of researchers and being used to grant or journal rejections – the job-hunting process can take things to the next level. Richard went through some key aspects when looking for work. He covered a process you can follow. He also talked about some things within the process that might be new or news to you.
October 06, 2021
Building a Reading Habit
Six steps to building a reading habit: Trigger the desire by making the reading material obvious (i.e., place articles around the house/lab/office). Acknowledge the positives you’ll gain from reading. Make it easy to succeed (e.g., easy material, short time or small number of pages). Reward success. Publicly state your reading intention (the crowd can help hold you to account too). Stack reading with other positive habits (e.g., reading and morning coffee/meal). Link to transcript:
October 03, 2021
Writing Your Resume (Sep 2021)
No matter what you want to do or become, you’ll need to write a resume. Versions will end up in grants. Versions will end up on websites. Versions will be submitted to promotion panels. Versions will be sent to prospective employers. In this workshop, Richard helped you work out what should be include and what should be avoided. He also talked about strategies that can help you write a better, more accurate and comprehensive resume – EVERY TIME.
September 22, 2021
Should I Do a PhD Thesis by Publication?
The best thesis is a submitted thesis. This by publication could make this faster or slower. Be aware of the pros and cons. If you’d like to know more, comment, DM or shoot me an email. I’ll send you some content. Link to transcript:
September 20, 2021
What's the Easiest PhD?
Six tips for an easy PhD: Have a good research question. Use known research tools. Have accessible data and/or samples. Build your analytical skills. Be skilled at word processing. Stop scope creep. Link to transcript:
September 13, 2021
How to Fall in Love with Your PhD
Three tips to help you (or you students) fall in love with your PhD: Take time away from and deprioritise the PhD. Get to know your student/supervisor. Host and participate in department, school and faculty activities. Link to transcript:
September 09, 2021
Career Planning Strategies
So much of our lives are planned. School. University. Further study. Marriage. Birth. Heck, even death and funerals are planned. But how many of you plan your career? How many of you have an idea of what you want to be in your career in 5 or 10 years? In this workshop, Richard guides you through 3 different approaches to help plan your career. And they’re useful regardless of your desire to do more study; stay in academia; or look for other options.
September 07, 2021
How I Build My Endurance Muscle
A PhD is probably the longest single project one individual is continuously responsible for. Thus, building your endurance muscle is important for PhD success. Three things that have helped me build my endurance muscle are: Running long distances – I learnt to make and implement a plan to get better. Meditation – I learnt to be comfortable with myself and my thoughts and feelings. Fasting – I learnt how to be comfortable postponing gratification. I also realised how strong the connection between my feelings and eating. Link to transcript:
August 31, 2021
Leaving Academia (Aug 2021)
The famous line from the song Hotel California, “You can check out but you can never leave” applies to so many things. Academia is one of them. Leaving seems so hard for so many reasons. You’ve invested lots of time, effort and money. You’re passionate about research and the work you do. You love the people. But, when 95% of all PhD graduates end up outside an academic research career, leaving is inevitable. In this workshop, Richard went through what he did to leave academia. He also covered what others have done in the recent past to leave.
August 25, 2021
How I Apply the Run-Walk-Run Strategy to Work
There are lots of things we can learn from other people and other disciplines and sectors. Me, I’ve taken the run-walk-run strategy and applied it to work. Yep – that’s the pomodoro technique. Followed the timer STRICTLY. I learnt: The app matters. My endurance increased. My satisfaction increased. Stop-start was initially difficult but now easy. Flexible break activities are important to the break → work transition. Link to transcript:
August 23, 2021
How Running Builds My Resilience at Work
There are anecdotal and published links between running very long distances (ultra-marathons) and various psychological measures of resilience. I can definitely relate to aspects of these reports. The idea of reaching and pushing through physical barriers. Barriers of pain or exhaustion. Barriers of distance or time. Barriers of motivation or inspiration. These concepts all resonate with me, and how endurance running builds my resilience. Link to transcript:
August 17, 2021
Making Most of Your Conference Presentation (Aug 2021)
Although COVID changed the way we conference, presenting at an in-person, virtual or mixed conference is still one of the best ways to grow your research skills. It is also one of the best ways to grow your network. And with so much of what we do reliant on networks, it is important to make the most of these kinds of opportunities. In this workshop, Richard went through some of the things you can do to help make your next conference presentation a success – beyond the individual presentation itself.
August 11, 2021
Planning Your (Ideal) PhD
Having a structured PhD plan can help you make progress when you lack motivation. One of the easiest things to do is to create a plan for your PhD that covers the years, months, weeks, and days. Each has a relevant level of detail. But they are referred to separately. So what does that look like: Years – Broad goals. Quarters – Specific data collection, collation and reporting activities. Months – Things that might enhance or derail your progress. Weeks – Repeatable structure, giving you a weekend. Days – Defined schedule that sets limits on starting and finishing each day. Link to transcript:
August 10, 2021
Metrics for Measuring Research Outputs
There are many metrics that researchers and associated administrator use to measure and report success. Here are 6 that might be useful for you:  Impact Factor – average citation count per article per journal over a rolling 2-year period  Citation count – absolute number of citations for an individual article.  H-index – maximum number of citations for same number of publications.  RG Score – Restricted to ResearchGate measuring your participation on research gate, including uploaded and referenced articles. Can be directly compared to all ResearchGate members.  ResearchInterest – Restricted to ResearchGate. Includes RG score, but also more weight given to citations and publications. Can be directly compared to all ResearchGate members.  Altmertic – Combines citations from a range of sources across the web – social media, government reports, as well as academic journals. Link to transcript:
August 03, 2021
Five Conferences You Should Be Attending During Your PhD and Why
Five conferences you should attend during your PhD: Leading international conference in your field – to get to know the experts. Leading national conference in your field – to find local experts. Local special interest group – to solve your specific programs. University conference – to know you are not alone. Leading local industry conference – to find new users or problems to solve. Link to transcript:
July 30, 2021
Launching Your Post PhD Career
PhDs are a lot like weddings. We spend forever worrying about this one event, but the real challenge is the lifetime that comes afterwards. So, if you’re interested in planning for what happens after you graduate your PhD come along to this recorded workshop. I talked about career planning and job search strategies. There were also time for Q and A.
July 28, 2021
Reporting Your Success
It is great to measure yourself. But the next step towards improvement is to report. I don’t think it matters who or where you report to. It could be a friend, colleague, partner, family member, staff member or the public. But it is important to report. It creates an accountability framework. It also ensures that your goals and targets are still relevant to you and what you want for yourself. Link to transcript:
July 21, 2021
How Are You Measuring Your Success?
One of the most important things we can do to help others positively assess our work and progress is to collect data and report on our success. But not all measures are equal. Furthermore, some measures can be collected without our knowledge or input. So, if you want to manage your reputation, the first thing you need to do is understand how you or others measure your success. Link to transcript:
July 15, 2021
Instagram for Researchers (Jul 2021)
Instagram is the perfect tool for people who produce good looking images. And, if you ask me, researchers (academics) produce heaps of images. Images in the form of figures for papers and presentations. And these images could also be used on Instagram. If that’s something you’d like to know more about. Or perhaps you want to dip your toe into the Instagram pool. I covered some of the fundamentals of Instagram as well as answer your questions about using it more effectively.
July 13, 2021
Becoming a Successful Researcher in 4 Easy Steps
Four steps to becoming a successful researcher:  1. Define success (or what does life look like in 5 years). 2. Work backwards to today – what does each year imply about the year before it? 3. Create a detailed plan for the next 12 months. 4. Revisit the plan weekly and revise the plan every 3 to 12 months. Link to transcript:
July 06, 2021
A Checklist for Researchers Using Twitter
Six simple tips for making the most of Twitter:  1. Check it.  2. Follow interesting accounts.  3. Like stuff.  4. Share stuff.  5. Create content.  6. Help people. Link to transcript:
July 01, 2021
You Should Be Making Slow Gains
So much of research is measured by short term goals – grants, papers, and presentations – when longer term outcomes are the real target – cures, change, and improvements. So, instead of chasing short term goals, aim for slow (but regular) gains. Start reading 5 minutes a workday, then increase it by a minute a day for two weeks and you’ll be at 15 minutes two weeks later. Link to transcript:
June 30, 2021
Facebook for Researchers June 2021
Facebook is the most used social media platform on the planet. Yet, many researchers have avoided using it for academic purposes. Is that you? Do you avoid using Facebook – “It’s my personal stuff” – I hear you say. Well, in this workshop I looked at why you might want to start using Facebook for your research, and ways you can keep the personal separate from the work.
June 29, 2021
Podcasts I Listen to (and Why)
We’re all listening to podcasts now. However, it is mainly for entertainment. Yet, podcasts exist on many different topics. So, if you’re thinking about a career change, or upskilling, or retraining – find some related podcasts. Have a listen. You might learn something new and save yourself time or hassle in the process. And, if you’re up for it – do an audit of the podcasts you listen to. You might find so gaps or bias that you weren’t aware of. Link to transcript:
June 28, 2021
Instagram Accounts I Follow (and Why)
There are many reasons you might follow an Instagram (or any social media) account.  Here are three that I use:  • Learn about life.  • Learn about using social media in new, better or different ways.  • Help people. Link to transcript:
June 24, 2021
Living Your Priorities
Six steps to living your priorities:   1. Determine the period of time you’ll focus on.  2. Schedule deadlines.  3. Schedule ideal delivery dates.   4. Allocate time to your ideal work at the ideal time for you.   5. Know your measures of success.   6. Plan your celebration/reward. Link to transcript:
June 22, 2021
Using LinkedIn (As an Academic)
If you’re not sure how to use LinkedIn, perhaps think of it as a research conference.   1. Be active – Talk to people, share content. Talk about what you liked. Talk about what you learned.  2. Get notified – About what is going on. Don’t miss dates or miss chances to share content.  3. Build you profile – Make it easy for people to find your content and expertise. Make it easy for people to know what you are doing and how they could work with you.  4. Ask and share – Ask for connections. Share the fact you are on LinkedIn.  5. Use templates – For introductions and connection requests. It will make the process easier and faster. And thus, something you are more likely to do. Link to transcript:
June 21, 2021
On Having Non-Work Time
Academics, scientists, researchers – all LOVE their job. In many cases the love drives the work. This means it can take up the time allotted to it. But, if you ask me, that’s the reason why you struggle so much with negative feedback. Your entire life, your sense of self is all bound up in your research self. There are few other interests to drive your intellect. To take your attention. To pick you up when research is taking you down. So, make sure you have non-work time each week. Link to transcript:
June 18, 2021
Six Lessons I've Learned Helping Researchers with Social Media
Six lessons I have learned helping others with social media:  1. Time – It takes time to build your social media muscle. There’s no substitute for hours on the platform. There’s no substitute for being on the platform for many years.  2. Know your audience – Knowing who you want as a follower as well as who follows you.   3. Research works – Investigate the content, channels, posts, time of day that leads to the results you’re after. Spend time testing different approaches. Learn where your ideal followers hang out.  4. Research your audience – Make a list of their likes, and dislikes. Get specific. Know these details for each of the accounts you’d like as a follower.  5. Ask – For what you want. Likes. Shares. Follows. Downloads.  6. Copy others – Look at what they are doing. Don’t steal their content but reuse their ideas. Video styles. Picture styles. Words. Layouts. Approaches. Link to transcript: 
June 17, 2021
Fifteen Posts to Help Promote Your Next Journal Article
If you want your work to be read, downloaded, and cited, you MUST promote it. So, what are some of the best ways you’ve seen an academic share their research work on social media? Here are 15 ideas from me… Link to transcript:
June 16, 2021
Twitter for Researchers (June 2021)
The un-official social media channel of choice for academics is Twitter. So, as a PhD student or ECR, if you’re not here you might not be noticed by your peers. Especially if you have yet to publish a peer review piece of research. Especially if you have not been able to attend in-person networking events (like conferences). I go through how to use Twitter as a researcher. How you might be able to better engage eminent researchers in your field. As well as using twitter to engage a wider audience for your research outputs.
June 15, 2021
Choosing a Social Media Channel
Choosing a (new) social media channel?  Here are 5 steps to help make a start:  1. Know your preferences.  2. Understand your goal.  3. Know your audience.  4. Filter.  5. Start! Link to transcript:
June 14, 2021
Mistakes People Make Writing Their Thesis
There are all kinds of ways to write a thesis. And thus, there are all kinds of mistakes you can make in the process.  Here are some that I have seen:  • Starting too early  • Starting too late  • Not involving your supervisor  • Poor backups  • Delayed referencing  • Not using a reference manager  • Not knowing your word processor  • Poor file nomenclature Link to transcript:
June 09, 2021
Writing a Better Thesis, Dissertation or Journal Article
Getting better at writing is one of the best ways to increase your research output. Yet, we spend very little time learning or practicing writing.  So here are 5 tips to improve your writing:  1. Read the style of writing you want to write.  2. Write assuming people will skim and skip sections.  3. Use subheadings.  4. Don’t write like Santa gave you words for Christmas.  5. Don’t dismiss reviewer comments as “ignorant” take them as a chance to improve. Link to transcript:
June 08, 2021
Keep on Playing...
Ever been tempted to “cancel Christmas” in order that you can get something done. What about skipping training so you can write an assignment or finish an experiment? STOP! It’s killing your effectiveness as a worker.  Here’s why:  1. You’re fostering self-organisation.  2. Exercise helps memory and improves happiness.  3. Diversity in life creates resilience.  4. You cannot set boundaries. You can find the transcript on this link:
June 07, 2021
Ask Me Anything – June 2 2021
This episode of AMA is LinkedIn. Ask a question. Try to answer it.   What have people asked (and had answered)?:  Should I be on LinkedIn?  What should my profile look like?  How do I get followers?  Should I accept connection requests from “randoms”?
June 04, 2021
The You Project No. 459 - Becoming an Older Student
This episode is all about returning to study at any level (certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, degree or post grad.) irrespective of your academic background, perceived aptitude for study or level of confidence (it will grow). Dr Richard Huysmans shares some thoughts, ideas, tips and strategies for opening the door to some later-in-life learning (whether you’re 27 or 77).
June 04, 2021
A Better Way to Read Journal Articles
Getting better at reading is one of the best ways to increase your research output. Yet, we spend very little time learning or practicing reading or recalling what we’ve read. So here are 5 tips to improve your reading and recall:  1. Take notes as you read, not only when you write.  2. Use a citation manager.  3. Don’t read the entire article.  4. Don’t read from front to back.  5. Read the easy stuff first. Link to transcript:
June 03, 2021
LinkedIn for Researchers (May 2021)
LinkedIn is one of the oldest social media channels. Yet, depending on who or what you listen to it has yet to reach the “maturity” of channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. What do I mean by maturity? Well, many would say that LinkedIn has strong organic reach when compared to those three. That is, a post you make can be seen by a large proportion of your connections without having to pay to promote or boost the content. Beyond this, LinkedIn is AWESOME at helping researchers connect with potential end-users of their work.
June 02, 2021
Twelve Questions to Consider When Changing PhD Topic
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to changing your PhD topic. But there are some things you can consider. Here I ask 12 questions to help you move through the process. And if you’re into scoring, you could rate each one to help you decide what to do next. Link to transcript:
May 28, 2021
Eleven Things I’ve Learned About Running Writing Groups
In September last year, I started some new writing groups. Even though my role is facilitator and training, I have learned a lot about writing itself. Here are 11 ideas that came to mind:  1. Writing is annoying and rewarding.  2. Writing shared is writing halved.  3. Ignore the basics.  4. Set up for success.  5. Share your progress.  6. Imagine you’re being paid.  7. Aesthetics matters.  8. Social media is a gateway to more writing.  9. Regular writing will help your career.  10. Stop.  11. Writing never ends. Link to transcript:
May 28, 2021
Simplifying Research Project Management
Project management is too complex. And therefore project management in research is regularly avoided.  BUT - researchers can fix that with some simple approaches.  Fix 1: Don't expect others to use your project management tool or approach. Expect you’ll need to do all of the work maintaining and updating the plan.  Fix 2: Don't have a detailed plan covering your entire project or PhD. But do know how long you can spend on your project or PhD.  Fix 3: Use an iterative project management approach. One that checks in against progress and experiments on a monthly basis.  Fix 4: Use a simple project management tool, such as one-page-project-management so that if others need to see the program, they can, but it is not overwhelming. Link to transcript:
May 27, 2021
It is Okay to Feel Nervous (Anxious Even)
“COVID normal” is almost upon us. In Victoria (Australia) we are now allowed to have more people onsite. Businesses can have up to 75% of their workforce in the office. And, just like working from home caused nervousness and anxiety, so too will going back into the office. Here are some things you could try to help deal with those nerves:  1. Talk about your feelings with colleagues.  2. Discuss transition arrangements (i.e., don’t go back into work 5 days a week).  3. As leaders, don’t expect massive improvements to productivity just because “we’re all onsite now”. Link to transcript:
May 26, 2021
A Better Model to Support University Collaborations
Supporting university-to-university collaborations is not easy. Many partners are sceptical that the decisions made, or actions taken are biased towards or against themselves. And this is a natural occurrence. And, even if there was or is no bias, it can be tough to get rid of perceptions. So I’m proposing an alternate approach. A pool of project managers. Have a read. I’d love to know you thoughts. Link to transcript:
May 25, 2021
How to Promote Your Research on Social Media
In my experience there are two types of researchers promoting their content on social media. Those who do nothing, and those who say “I’m so excited to announce my paper on [something] was published [somewhere]. If you want to do more than that (and I recommend you aspire to better than that) here are some tips:  1. Prepare in advance.  2. Make as many options as you can (not just one).  3. Include pics, words, and a link to your paper.  4. Add audio or video right in the post (not a link).  5. Focus on what you want to do next.  6. Tag others.  7. Use hashtags.  8. Give me a reason to read.  9. Use a scheduling tool. Link to transcript:
May 24, 2021
Ask Me Anything about Social Media – May 19, 2021
This workshop focus on social media. Whatever your social media question is – bring it and I’ll give you an answer. What have people asked (and had answered)?: - Best channel for me. - Best channel for the people I want to engage. - What content should I post. - How to respond to trolls.
May 21, 2021
Having Tough Conversations with Your Students
Just like talking to your superiors can be tough, so too can talking to your students. Here are five things you can focus on (in addition to the earlier 9 I put together):  1. Know your expectations.  2. Let (some of) your expectations go.  3. Know the power you have over your students.  4. Be open to different solutions.  5. Don’t wait to have these conversations. Link to transcript:
May 20, 2021
Improving Your Social Media Game
It is almost impossible to be a successful research without an active social media account. You might even have more than one. And, at times it feels like yet another thing to be accountable for – like students, or teaching, or writing grants. But it does not have to be that way. I go through different ways you can improve your social media game. From creating better content, to creating more content, to being able to post all of that great stuff without being tied to your phone, computer or social media accounts.
May 19, 2021
The Big Opportunity of COVID
COVID has taken a lot away. But it has also shown us what is possible. From solving homelessness, to reducing pollution, to creating lifesaving vaccines. The are also BIG opportunities at the individual level too. COVID meant we stopped everything. Now, as you head back into “normal life” you get to consider what you put in. Don’t waste that opportunity. Link to transcript:
May 18, 2021
Being a More Creative Grant Proposal or Social Media Writer
If you’ve ever tried writing a grant, proposal, cover letter, social media or podcast you’ll have likely encountered difficulties being creative. One approach to overcoming this is to use oblique strategies. Link to transcript:
May 17, 2021
Six Things You Might Not Know About Applying for Jobs
Six things that you might not know about applying for a job:  1. Selection bias is real – male names are better than female, common names are better than foreign names.  2. Photos aren’t necessary – and introduce more opportunity for discrimination.  3. Age is not needed either – more opportunity for discrimination.  4. Dates – especially for education – are not needed.  5. Bots scan your resumes – make sure OCR is on/present.  6. Bots scan your resumes – make sure yours has relevant keywords in it (search and highlight within job ads and PDs and check against your resume. Link to transcript:
May 13, 2021
You Don’t Need Another Qualification
You should be earning or learning – but not all learning has to be the same. They don’t need to be formal qualifications. Experience is a way of learning. Learning through doing is a way to learn. And, not everyone cares about that “certificate” either. Link to transcript:
May 12, 2021
Should I finish My PhD and Other Questions You Might Be Asking Yourself
There are many reasons to do a PhD. But few reasons to discontinue, intermit or leave a PhD (or academia). Beyond why you might leave, you should also consider what you should do on the way out. Here are some suggestions. Link to transcript:
May 11, 2021
Ask Me Anything - May 5, 2021
Every fortnight I host a free workshop on topics that PhD students, ECRs and academics might find useful. In the alternate weeks, I do this – an ask me anything event. Sometimes there’ll be a guest. Other times just me. And we’ll just chat. Ask a question. Try to answer it. What have people asked (and had answered)?: Using Qualtrics Survey design Dealing with sh1tty students Dealing with sh1tty supervisors Changing dissertation or thesis topics Literature review
May 10, 2021
Five Ways to Improve Your Resume
Resumes or CVs – the short documents used as a major tool for job applications – are a common source of angst for job seekers. Even people with extensive careers. Even for people who’ve been through the application process many times. So, as a “newbie” to the process, it is normal and usual to be stressed about what to include.  Here are some things that might help you write your resume:  • Write for the reader  • PhDs count as experience  • No lists of articles, grants, and awards  • No referees Link to transcript:
May 07, 2021
Routine or Superstition
Routines and their negative counterparts – superstitions – are common in most forms of life and work. Routines help you by shifting our mental state into one of relaxed concentration. Superstitions can hold you back by making you believe success cannot happen with(out) them. Could you be making better use of routine in your research work or writing? Link to transcript:
May 06, 2021
Four Tips for Writing a Better Resume
What does the data say about writing a resume? Lots of things. Including:  • Layout matters  • Highlight your achievements  • Experience before education Link to transcript:
May 05, 2021
Using MS Word to Write Your Thesis (Apr 2021)
So often I hear, “What program should I use to write my thesis?” And, like photographers say the best camera is the one you have with you, the best program to write your thesis with is the one you have. Most people have MS Word. Yet, many overlook it for other programs (e.g. scrivener). Or worse, they persist with MS Word but don’t use all of the available functionality. I’ll go through some of the key functionality that will make writing your thesis in MS Word a breeze (well the Word processing bit – it can’t make the writing itself any easier).
May 04, 2021
Ask Me Anything - Apr 21, 2021
In this AMA edition, Richard answers questions he received online.  He covers topics about making PhD progress, the changing nature of your research questions whether you refer yourself as a PhD candidate or student on your resume, how batching your work (and pomodoros), and increasing your productivity.   Finally, he posted a question asking students to rate their PhD. With a rating in mind, what they think about? What they like to:  - Change  - Stay the same  - Do more of
April 26, 2021
Writing Your Thesis in 15 Weeks (or Less)
Although most people will recommend that you write your thesis as you go. Although most people will discourage you from leaving writing until the end. The reality is, most people leave the majority of their writing to the end of their PhD. So, in this podcast, we’ll talk about and make a plan to get it all written in 15 weeks!
April 21, 2021
Four Tips for Working with Industry as an Academic
The problem most academics have working with industry is that they assume industry is like them. So here are 4 tips to help you work with industry:  (1) Remove your prejudice;  (2) Understand their motivations;  (3) Know their financial schedule; and  (4) Time is precious Link to transcript:
April 19, 2021
If I Leave Academia – Should I Retrain and What Matters to Industry?
What questions do you have about looking for work? I’ve listed a few here. But if you’ve got others I’d love to know. Maybe I can answer? Or the crowd that is social media can? Link to transcript:
April 16, 2021
Eight Questions and Answers on Leaving Academia
Thinking about leaving academia? Here are 8 common questions and my answers. As with most things career related, there’s no right or wrong. There’s what you might like, and what you might not like. And, the only way you’ll know is by giving it a go. So, go on, give IT a go – whatever IT is for you. Link to transcript:
April 15, 2021
Setting Boundaries
Setting work boundaries is one of the most important things you’ll need to learn. It’ll be useful as a PhD student, and onto whatever academic or non-academic work you might pursue. But how do you do it? Here, I’ve set out some examples that might help you determine your boundaries, and how you implement them. Link to transcript:
April 14, 2021
Dealing with Power Imbalances When Setting Boundaries
Setting boundaries is essential to overall life balance. And, as a PhD student you might know what you want, but struggle to implement it. So, here, I’ve put some advice that might help when trying to set and implement boundaries when there’s a power imbalance. Link to transcript:
April 13, 2021
Making the Most of a Bad Situation
Job losses, redundancies, and restructures are a part of modern business. Sometimes they are driven by internal factors, other times they are driven by external factors. For the most part we are just passengers on a ride managed by others. However, whether you are let go or left behind, these changes can give you opportunities to try new things and develop new skills. So, deal with the shock, then quickly get on with making the most of the opportunity. Link to transcript:
April 12, 2021
Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks
If you want to be a successful academic, you’ll need to publish regularly. If you’re yet to write an article, or if you get anxious thinking about writing, then maybe give this a try. In this podcast, we’ll go through the book, what is covered and how you can make a plan to write a journal article in 12 weeks.
April 08, 2021
One Page Project Management
Project Management need not be complex. Nor does there need to be massive files, lots of paperwork and complex Gantt charts. In this podcast, I’ll go through a tool I use to manage projects – the One Pape Project Management (OPPM) tool.
March 24, 2021
Improving Your Social Media Strategy
Small gains in productivity can have a huge benefit long term. That’s the result of compounding. If you save a minute on a process that you do several times a day you might get 5 minutes extra per day or 30 hours in a year. So, making a small improvement to your social media game could give you back time. Link to transcript:
March 23, 2021
Making Marginal Gains in Your Research Writing
So much academic output is focused on the written word. Yet so little time is spent looking at how to do it. Further, once we do it, we never look at how we could improve the process – even if marginally. Through use of the concept of marginal gains, I thought you could improve your productivity by an article (or more) per year. Link to transcript:
March 22, 2021
How to Make Marginal Gains in Your Research
Marginal gains are small improvements that have the opportunity to compound. They were made famous by the British Cycling Team that competed (and won lots of gold medals) at the 2008 Olympics. But the idea has been around for much longer than that. In some respects it’s the automation and mechanisation of repetitive processes. And, in the hyper competitive world of academic grants, and publication marginal gains can be the difference between on-going success or a series of near misses. Link to transcript:
March 19, 2021
Twenty-One Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Do a PhD
It is a long list...  1. Why (go back to) study?   2. How should I study?   3. How do I prefer to learn?   4. What do I want to do after I complete my study?   5. Am I ready for other peoples’ reaction?   6. What will I need to change to make this work?   7. What must stay the same (in order for this to work)?   8. What am I not giving up (no matter what)?   9. What will I gain?   10. What’s my plan?   11. Am I ready to do the work?   12. What is success for me?   13. What happens when I lose motivation?   14. What happens if it is not what I expected?   15. What are the power dynamics between me, and my teachers?   16. What are the power dynamics between me, and my fellow students?   17. Full-time or part-time?   18. Do I need to quit my job?   19. Who/how will I pay?   20. What’s my entry plan?   21. What’s my exit plan? Link to transcript:
March 17, 2021
How to Read More Articles
A key part of academic life is reading – reading all of the necessary research literature. Now, you could never hope to read it all. But you could improve your reading through marginal gains. Making changes that result in small improvements that compound. Read daily. Queue your reading. Read on devices, not just computer or paper. Link to transcript:
March 16, 2021
Six Tips to Become a Better PhD Supervisor
Six tips to being a better PhD supervisor:  1. Do the training.  2. Know your students.  3. Respect their time.  4. Refer to others.  5. Model good behaviour.  6. Make progress visible. Link to transcript:
March 15, 2021
Four PhD Derailers and Their Solutions
There are four PhD derailers. Avoid them where you can. But if you cannot avoid them, here are some ways through or around them. Link to transcript:
March 11, 2021
When You’re a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail
Being an academic and/or training to be one (e.g. PhD student) means that you view a lot of your skills and experiences in that light. However, if you ask others' for their ideas you'll find your skills are transferable. So, if you're an academic (hammer) you'll see everything as an academic skill (a nail). So, talk to other people (tools) about their experiences. Link to transcript:
March 11, 2021
Will It Zoom?
So much of what we do is up for review at the moment. And one of the biggest changes is an increased use of videoconferencing. It's been used across society from game shows, to press conferences to meetings. Now all of these are relatively "normal" uses of video. But, my challenge to you is to be open to more novel uses of video. For example, play dates, birthdays and meditation are all things I would immediately said "no" to but I was forced to try them. Now, I know they work.  So - ask yourself - Will it Zoom? Link to transcript:
March 11, 2021
Building High-Performing Research Teams
What’s a high-performing research team I hear you ask? I’d like to know too! But, until then we can look to examples like performing art or motorsport. We’ll look at how those teams operate and some of the lessons we can take into our research teams.
March 10, 2021
Managing Research Projects
Do you manage research projects or do they manage you? If you’d like to have more clarity about what is happening when; who is responsible; reporting and milestone timing then this podcast is for you. Bring your questions, as I’m guaranteed to have answers. And you never know, some of my answers might even be good ones.
March 04, 2021
What Does It Take to Become a Researcher
Being a researcher does not need to involve working at a university. Or even having a PhD. Many companies and organisations undertake research and their researchers come from all manner of backgrounds. Link to transcript:
March 01, 2021
Impact of COVID-19 on Universities
It is hard to know what impact COVID-19 will have on universities, and academic teaching. Of course you could read what others think, or watch video. But you could also do your own war-gaming or scenario planning. That's what I did. And that is what I run through quickly here. Link to transcript:
February 26, 2021
The Legend File
Academic work is often a sea of rejection, revision, and re-write. Thus, it can be hard to keep upbeat when it seems like everything and everyone is a critic. The solution - The Legend File - a file or folder full of all of the nice things people have said about you or your work. Link to transcript:
February 25, 2021
Staying Focused on Your PhD
PhDs take forever. Well, it seems that way. Data on completion times suggests 7 years is the average. Yet, (Australian) universities are pushing 3 years, perhaps with a 6 month extension. So, how do you stay focused? Or, more to the point, what are the kinds of things that distract you from making meaningful progress in your PhD and how can you avoid them? I’ll have (some) of the answers to those questions. I can’t have all of the answers, because you – the student or supervisor – also have a massive role to play.
February 25, 2021
YouTube for Researchers
Should researchers be on YouTube? Well, if you believe that the future of content is video then the answer must be yes! YouTube is the second most visited website in the world. Second only to Google search. Facebook is 3rd. Thus, if you want to influence on social media, you should at least be thinking about YouTube. In this FREE on-line workshop I’ll present current usage stats for the platform, the kinds of people using it, what they use it for and when. It’ll be all you need to know to start building your YouTube content strategy.
February 18, 2021
Nine Steps to Having Difficult Conversations with Your Supervisor
If tough conversations were easy, we’d all be having them, and they wouldn’t be called tough. They are tough for a reason or sometimes several reasons. However, there are things you can do to make them less tough. For example:  • Agree on a framework for discussion before you need to have the tough conversation.  • Know what you want to say and what the solution might be.  • Manage your emotions.  • Hear the other person.  • Agree on the next actions. Link to transcript:
February 17, 2021
Eight Things to Do to Leverage Your Next Conference Presentation
I think researchers do not do enough to make the most of their invited, and peer reviewed presentations. Both oral, and posters. So, in this podcast, I give you 8 tips to help you get more engagement from your conference presentations. Link to transcript:
February 16, 2021
Career First Aid
With COVID causing chaos it can be hard to actually "develop" your career during this time. But, that does not mean you should stop thinking about it. So, instead of development I suggest "first aid" doing small things that will keep you "alive" so you can take advantage of opportunities that arise when we start working in spite of COVID. Link to transcript:
February 15, 2021
Having Tough Conversations with Your Students
Sometimes, talking with your PhD students can be like trying to negotiate with a silverback gorilla. And, maybe in those times you’re better off taking the same response as we did with COVID19 and physically distance yourself. But, for the other times, when its going to be tough but not gorilla tough – what can you do to make it easier? Or how could you have a tough conversation and avoid gorillas? I’ll look at different approaches to talking to PhD students. We’ll look at things from their perspective and also discuss real world examples.
February 11, 2021
I’m an Academic Researcher – Should I Have a YouTube Account?
There's a lot of focus on academics having a range of social media channels - LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. But very little attention is paid to YouTube. Yet, YouTube is the second most viewed social media behind Facebook. And, depending on who you read - the future of content is video. So, get on YouTube. Link to transcript:
January 26, 2021
Twelve Things to Do Before Going Back into the Office
So, you've had a long layoff from work. Maybe it was because of COVID-19, maybe it was for another reason. Regardless of why, here are 12 things to check/do before you go back to the office, lab or classroom:  1. Look in the mirror.  2. Try your work clothes on.  3. Check it all fits and works together.  4. Get into a routine.  5. Be prepared to say no.  6. Be prepared to ask to do more work from home.  7. Confirm your commute.  8. Remember what you learnt from COVID-19.  9. Pay attention to your pets.  10. Pack your bag.  11. Don't expect to be productive immediately. 12. Thank researchers, schoolteachers, and health care workers. Link to transcript:
January 19, 2021
COVID-19 Driving Me Crazy, So Meeting with Subscribers, Friends, and Followers
COVID-19 is driving me a bit crazy. So I'm reaching out to you - my friends and followers on the internet- saying "let's meet". You set the agenda. But it could be anything. Work. Soccer. Beer brewing. Drums. Gardening. Cooking. Religion. Politics. Money. Mental Health.   Reply, DM, email, call or SMS. I'll sort the rest. Link to transcript:
January 12, 2021
Have Empathy for Yourself
COVID-19 is throwing everything into chaos. And, there are lots of articles and videos focused on being productive in spite of all that. I've written and published my share.    BUT - it is okay to have an off day, week or month. So, have empathy for yourself. Getting through is enough. You'll have time on the other side of this to get productive. Link to transcript:
January 05, 2021
Three Different Strategies for Career Planning
Three different strategies for career planning:  1)Ten year back casting - start ten years from now. Think about how you'd like that to look/be and then work backwards (hence back casting) from there to now.  2) Future skills - look a lists of skills of the future and build the needed skills.  3) What you love - make lists of what you love, what you are good at, what people will pay you to do and what you would happily do for money. The thing(s) on all four lists are good options for careers. If there's nothing on all four, then you'll need to adjust the lists. Or, you might need to adjust your goals around work. Link to transcript:
January 04, 2021
Seven Tips for Working from Home
Working from home is a new challenge for many.  Seven things that I reckon help are:  (1) Set up ergonomically.  (2) Communicate your needs with your housemates.  (3) Keep good records so you can claim costs later.  (4) Take breaks.  (5) Dress the part.  (6) Schedule your workday.  (7) Keep your "work" space separate from your "home" space. Link to transcript:
January 04, 2021
How Will I know If My PhD Topic Is a Good One?
PhD students regularly stress of selecting the "right" topic. But it is not something that you can know when you start. The important thing is to recognise that each change you make to your original idea is likely to increase the time it takes to complete your PhD. Link to transcript:
December 24, 2020
Are You Really Networking?
Networking is essential to career success. Yet, we often overlook the easy networking opportunities right in front of us - learning about and knowing the people you are studying with.    Watch the video and read the blog Link to transcript:
December 23, 2020
Thinking about Writing Your CV
What kind of CV do you have? Is it one for industry? One for academia? Do you have many? Link to transcript:
December 21, 2020
Connect - Book Review
A great book to help people get started on LinkedIn. Link to transcript:
December 21, 2020
Four Tips to Increase Citations and Industry Uptake of Your Work
Want to increase the citations of your work?   Try:  1. Long descriptive titles.  2. Promoting it on social media.  3. Let the authors you cite know about your work.  4. Write multi-author papers.  5. Repeat! Read more ( or watch the video. Link to transcript:
December 18, 2020
Financial Management Accounting for In-kind
Accounting and managing in-kind contributions is one of the hardest things that a research centre manager has to do. There's no easy solution - but you could try regular updates in meetings. Link to transcript:
December 17, 2020
Six Ways to Increase Your Resilience
We are told we need to be resilient and that we need to develop our resilience, but how?  Here I cover 6 strategies:  1. Catch your thoughts.  2. Analyse your thoughts.  3. Be mindful.  4. Be grateful.  5. Have a diverse life.  6. Know your values and live in alignment with them. Link to transcript:
December 16, 2020
Six Steps to Building Your Website
Building a website is easy - but there's lots that might confuse so... In six steps:  1. Choose a domain name (your name is easiest).  2. Register with an all-in-one provider (they'll register the name, host the website and provide a content management system).  3. Decide on what you will cover/focus on. Just research? Or teaching and other stuff as well?  4. Create the content.  5. Publish it!  6. Promote it (in your email signature, university web page, and on your business card). Link to transcript:
December 15, 2020
Social Media in Research and Why LinkedIn is Best
There are lots of social media options available these days. The popular ones being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Academics have tended to use Twitter, but I think LinkedIn is better in many situations. Link to transcript:
December 14, 2020
Five Streams of Work to Transition into
Sometimes your current role is not exactly what you want to do in life or at the moment. And, in those cases it may seem like there are not many options. But, in reality there are lots. Most don't require retraining. And most can be trialed via/within your current role. Link to transcript:
December 11, 2020
Having Tough Conversations with Your Supervisor
No matter how well your PhD progresses, no matter how good a relationship you (think you) have with your supervisor(s), at some point there’ll be a need for a tough conversation. It could be about publication authorship. It could be about experimental design. It could be about grant writing, or thesis submission or leaving academia. Whatever the topic, in this workshop, I’ll go through some strategies you can use to make these conversations easier. But, don’t be fooled, no matter what, they’ll never be easy.
December 10, 2020
The Craft of Research - Book Review
The Craft of Research 3rd Edition by Booth, Colomb & Williams Link to transcript:
December 07, 2020
Twitter for Researchers
For whatever reason, I feel like researchers jumped on Twitter like a shopper desperate for toilet paper during social distancing. But, if like me you’re still not sure what the fuss over twitter (or toilet paper) was about, or If you want to know about more about the platform this workshop is for you. I’ll present current usage stats for the platform, the kinds of people using it, what they use it for and when. It’ll be all you need to know to start building your Twitter content strategy. And yes, you can set up separate “work” and “personal”  accounts.
December 03, 2020
Three Tips for Writing Grants Faster
Three tips for writing grants faster: - Pre-write sections - Plan writing the specific grant - Re-apply if/when you are unsuccessful Link to transcript:
November 26, 2020
Leveraging Your Conference Presentation for Career Success
Other than social media, conference presentations are likely the largest audience you can present your work to. And, let’s be honest, you could have had a barbecue during COVID19 with all of your research-related followers and not violated social distancing laws. So conferences are huge opportunities. But, so much of the focus is on the presentation and the data, when in actual fact you should be focused on getting connections. Connections that could be collaborators. Connections that could be employers. Connections that could be mentors. I’ll go through some simple things you can do as part of preparing your conference talk (and therefore included in it) that will help make each talk a positive milestone in your career.
November 26, 2020
Smart Work - Book Review
I read Dermot's book - here are my thoughts. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
November 20, 2020
Facebook for Researchers
For whatever reasons, I feel like researchers have steered away from Facebook as a research-communication medium. I’m not sure why. Maybe timing? Or how it grew? Regardless, I think it has HEAPS to offer. In fact, if you are thinking of promoting your research on a social media platform, Facebook should be at the top of your list. So, If you’re thinking of setting up a Facebook account (and I know you now are) this podcast is for you. I’ll present current usage stats for the platform, the kinds of people using it, what they use it for and when. It’ll be all you need to know to start building your Facebook content strategy. And yes, you can set up separate “work” and “personal”  accounts.
November 19, 2020
Q&A from BSc Students
At a careers session at Monash University, I got asked some really great questions. So, I thought I'd ask and answer them again here so everyone can benefit. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
November 13, 2020
Twenty Questions for Humans - Book Review
I read Craig's book - here are my thoughts. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
November 13, 2020
Atomic Habits - Book Review
I read James' book. Here I my thoughts. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
November 13, 2020
Selecting a PhD Topic
One of the most overlooked steps in the PhD process is topic selection. I’ll go through how potential applicants might choose a topic. Importantly, I’ll also look at factors that influence topic such as where you live, where you are willing to study and what your background is. If you’re thinking of doing a PhD attend. And, even if you have already chosen a topic attend – there’ll be stuff in here you can apply even if your enrolled.
November 12, 2020
Instagram for Researchers
If you’re thinking of setting up an Instagram account and what to use it to communicate your research, this podcast is for you. I’ll present current usage stats for the platform, the kinds of people using it, what they use it for, and when. It’ll be all you need to know to start building your Instagram content strategy. And yes, you can set up separate “work” and “personal”  accounts.
November 05, 2020
Using MS Word to Write Your Thesis
So often I hear “What program should I use to write my thesis?”. And like photographers say, the best camera is the one you have with you, the best program to write your thesis with is the one you have. Most people have MS Word. Yet, many overlook it for other programs (e.g. Scrivener). Or worse, they persist with MS Word but don’t use all of the available functionality.
October 29, 2020
LinkedIn for Researchers
LinkedIn is essential for research success in the 21st century. As well as go through the three different ways researchers should be using LinkedIn – positioning, promotion, partnerships.
October 22, 2020
Writing Your CV
COVID19 has impacted us all in many ways. For some, it has meant a shift in research focus. Our workload has increased. Funding has increased. It’s a case of all hands on deck. However, for most work has shifted. So you might think it is time to find a new job, or perhaps you just want to ensure your CV is up-to-date. There are many types of CV – academic, industry, grant.
October 15, 2020
Four Apps That I Use
Four apps that I use to help me run my practice. Gmail (but maybe moving to Outlook). Hubspot for managing customers, clients and collaborators. ASANA to manage projects, and tasks. Evernote for taking notes and capturing business card details. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
October 06, 2020
A Day in the Life
What does a day look like for me? In this video I provide a quick run down. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
October 06, 2020
Skills for Beyond My PhD
There are many skills that I developed during my PhD that have been useful beyond it. In this video I go through several, as well as suggest some things you could do to prepare for your life beyond your PhD or current role. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
October 05, 2020
Dangers of a PhD Outside Academia
Is a PhD dangerous outside academia? Potentially - we have problems for every solution. Not to mention an potentially over analytical and over critical mindset.... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
October 05, 2020
I Answer the Question What Next
What do I do? I help people getting a PhD or those who already have a PhD answer the question "What next?". Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
October 02, 2020
Three Grant Writing Tips
Three grant writing tips: (1) know the policy context for the grant or proposal you are writing. (2) Prepare early. Know what you want to do before you write the application. Maintain an up-to-date version of this information. (3) Get a non-expert reviewer to review your grant. They'll find the areas of implied knowledge or jargon that others people won't understand. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
October 02, 2020
Telling People About Your Plans
If you really want to make something a success - e.g. moving from academia to industry - tell people your plans. It'll (1) make you accountable; and (2) help you get access to new opportunities from the people you tell and as you improve the way you express your message. Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
October 01, 2020
Three Things That Set Me Up to Transition Out of Academia
How did I transition from academia to self-employed? In this video I cover the "insurance" I had, the people that supported me and the experiences that facilitated my success. Transcript When I left academia, there were a few things that I felt really helped me. At the time they weren't things that are necessarily deliberate, but now, looking back, I can see their value..... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
October 01, 2020
Translation and Funding LinkedIn
How and why LinkedIn is such a powerful tool for establishing research collaborations with industry partners. Transcript On the surface, it might not seem like a company such as the Royal District Nursing Service or what are now known as Bolton Clark might have much in common with say a mining company... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
September 30, 2020
Five Points of PhD Program Failure
In this audio, I cover off five different points of failure within PhD programs and how you might address them. Transcript In the work that I do, I'm often asked to help build PhD programs. As a result, I've done a fair bit of work research into published research or looking at the published research around what makes a good PhD program, and conversely what could cause a PhD program to fail...... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
September 30, 2020
Experiences for Beyond Your PhD
As a PhD student you should always be thinking about what next. In this video I cover four things that helped me beyond my PhD. For me they were:  1. The PhD itself. My line of work means I need to have empathy with researchers. My PhD helps me do that.  2. Mentors. From across the range of life and experiences. Family and friends (not in academia) were always helpful. As well as people at my part-time work place (department store).  3. A Job. Demonstrating that I was employable but also giving me selling skills (I had a role on the sales floor) as well as what it meant to work with "clients".  4. Networks. I kept (keep) in touch with people from various times in my life and various careers. Its super easy with social media. And it is those networks that help me when I am looking for opportunities (and of course I pay it forward). Transcript So what are the some of the experiences that you can have or that you can focus on as perhaps a PhD student that might help you with your career beyond your PhD? For me, there were probably four things that I think we're really important..... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
September 29, 2020
Correct Language
Short video about correct language to use for effective communication. Transcript What language do you use to communicate your work. Is it complex? Is there jargon?.... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
September 29, 2020
Two Things to Help Write Your Thesis Faster
On this 30 second audio, Richard give 2 tips on writing thesis faster. Transcript Two things to help writing your thesis faster: The first. Plan your thesis structure outline etc..... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
September 28, 2020
Four Things That Got Me Here
Four things that got me out of my academic career and onto the path of an entrepreneur. From mentors, to networks,, to work experience, to empathy with academics. Oh, not to mention a barking dog and car trying to start... Transcript Four things that got me where I am today. I guess the first thing to really know is that my PhD gave me the experience doing research. The credibility with researchers to some extent. I know about the life of an academic..... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
September 28, 2020
PhD Program Failure - Lack of Students
One of the biggest problems in a PhD program is lack of students. More students means greater peer support. More students also means many events and activities are more cost effective (or less dollars per student). Transcript Quick tip. If you're building a PhD program, don't be scared of having a large number of students...... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
September 25, 2020
Suit Coat or Lab Coat?
Knowing what you want to do - at any stage in life - is hard. In this video I talk about how I made the decision to switch from an academic career to a non-academic career. I also cover some of the things that made it possible/easier both as a PhD student, as well as earlier in life. Transcript: Suit coat or lab coat? That was always going to be a big question for me. Looking back, I can see that from an early age I had been an entrepreneur. Bulk buying lollies and selling them at school, washing cars, mowing lawns, selling notes I took in class. I even ironed the cash I got (before it was plastic and melted which I learnt the hard way)....... Link to full transcript, you can find it here:
September 25, 2020
Choosing a Social Media Channel
So someone said to you “you should be on LinkedIn”. And now that’s all you can think about. Or, all of your academic friends are on Twitter. Or perhaps you are wondering what TikTok is all about.
September 24, 2020
Doing More with Grant Money
Funding for research is hard to come by at the best of times. But like a rubber band you want to be able to stretch your money to cover as much as possible.
September 17, 2020
Taking Advantage of International Ranking Schemes
Sometimes working in an academic institution can feel like a tug-of-war. With competing priorities pulling in multiple different directions. However, there are a small number of cases when you can get priorities to align. One such case is the use of international university ranking schemes. I’ll recap how various schemes calculate their rankings and then take a look at the actions individual researchers can take to make the most of the situation.
September 10, 2020
An Introduction to University Ranking Schemes
University ranking schemes are like stars – there are lots around, but we really only pay attention to the ones that are the brightest. And like stars, there are small number of ranking schemes that have a disproportionally large impact on our lives. For example – did you know some governments base funding decisions on ranking schemes? Or that certain universities are precluded from support due to their international ranking? Or that Instagram influencers are encouraging their followers to look at ranking schemes as a way to select a university to attend?
September 03, 2020
Building Multi-University Collaborations
Even though the Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded to teams; even though students cannot be supervised by researchers from multiple universities; even though systems prevent data sharing outside organisations; there’s an expectation that collaboration – across universities – happens. So, how do you go about these collaborations when so much of the system and process makes collaborations difficult?
August 27, 2020
Setting up a Successful Partnership with Industry
It is one thing to find an industry partner – but how do you set up a successful partnership? How do you turn a good idea into something that works on paper and then works in real life? What parts are important to get right at the start, and what can be figured out as you go?
August 20, 2020
How to Find Industry Partners
Industry partners are an essential part of academic research in the 21st century. If the moniker was “publish or perish” it is now “partner AND publish or perish”. But, where do you find these partners? Who are they? What if your research seems to not lend itself to industry partners?
August 13, 2020
Positioning Yourself as An Expert
Without doubt, academic researchers are experts in their field. But, in so many cases non-academics are selected as experts. Experts when it comes to talking to the media. Experts when it comes to acting on panels. Experts when it comes to consulting. So, if you’re interested in being positioned as an expert – how do you do it? How can you become a go to person in your area of expertise?
August 06, 2020
The Changing Nature of Academic Research
Academic research is still, fundamentally, about publishing good research and getting grants to fund good research. However, “publishing” is now a very broad term. And “grants” can come from almost anywhere.
July 30, 2020
Becoming a Successful Researcher
Wanting to and being a successful academic researcher are two different things. Richard takes a look at what academic success looks like and what you’ll need to do to get there.
July 23, 2020
Why Become a Researcher
If you’re doing a PhD you may well be thinking you’d like to become an academic researcher. But that is not the only option available to you.
July 09, 2020
Using Social Media to Translate Your Research
If you’re not on social media, you are not translating your research – it is as simple as that. But, being on social media doesn’t mean you are translating your research. There are so many scenarios and alternatives within each option it can be paralysing to even make a start!
July 02, 2020
Finding a Mentor
A mentor should be someone who can show you the way through things. They may not have THE answer, but they probably have AN answer. A bit like a Sherpa helps people up mountains. They cannot climb the mountain for you, but they can give you the best advice and support about how to climb.
June 25, 2020
Leaving Academia
The decision to become an academic researcher is often based on passion for science or research. And although leaving any profession is hard, the decision to leave academia is often a tough one. There are often conflicting emotions concerning staying or leaving. Not to mention the conversations with staff, students and colleagues. And sometimes it can feel like trying to leave a maze.
June 18, 2020
Developing Your Transferable Skills
PhD graduates are clearly capable of doing many things beyond the running of an individual research project. However, that is not always obvious to their potential employers. Here, I look at how to track, record and build transferable skills developed in your PhD or research career, so they can be made "accessible" to your potential non-academic employers.
June 11, 2020
Managing Virtual Teams
Virtual teams, or my preferred term – distributed teams – have come into prominence as a result of many governments implementing physical distancing measures to curb the transmission of COVID-19. However, virtual teams have been in operation for many years. Banks and utilities have had personnel placed across the globe for varying functions for the last decade. IT firms have used the value of differing time zones across the globe to enable projects to progress continuously over a 24 hour period.
June 04, 2020
Things to Do When You Cannot Conduct Experiments
Whether it is a global pandemic or broken machinery, there are times when doing experiments might not be possible. In this webinar, Richard go through some of the things you could do when collecting data is not possible. We also hear from participants – about their go to things to do when they cannot do their experiments.
May 28, 2020
Building an Enhanced PhD Program
It is no longer enough to offer “just a PhD program”. Universities and their faculties, colleges, schools and departments all need to prepare PhD graduates for the workforce. And not just the research or academic workforce, but the wider workforce. We know that 50% of PhD graduates will immediately go onto a non-academic career, and fewer than 10% will end up in academia long term. So, it is time we started preparing students for that reality.
May 25, 2020
Looking at Career Options
According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD graduates would not do the their PhD again. I think the two are linked. That not know what you want to do next means you get a job that may or may not value your PhD.
May 20, 2020
Moving Career Streams
Across all areas of training there are essentially five streams of work:  (1) Practitioner – doing the work you were trained to do.  (2) Researcher – investigating a topic of interest. As an academic you are simultaneously a Practitioner and a Researcher  (3) Educator – Training others based on your skills, experience and training.  (4) Management – Overseeing the work of others.  (5) Policy – Implementing and organising how work happens.  Of course the streams aren’t mutually exclusive and they have different levels of experience and expertise within them.
May 18, 2020
Facebook for Researchers
Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Facebook is the largest social network. It has more than 2.4 billion active users. But what does it mean to a researcher? How can you get access to a small slice of that attention? In this webinar Richard goes through some of the things to consider when using Facebook for your research and factors that might make Facebook more or less successful.
May 13, 2020
Identifying Your Potential Selling Points
Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. And everyone is being encouraged to get an industry partner. But how do you know what they want? Especially for biomedical sciences where drug discovery takes YEARS and heaps of money? In this webinar I’ll look at how you can identify what you have to offer beyond the obvious “your research expertise”.
May 11, 2020
Blogging for Researchers
Increasingly academics and researchers more broadly are being asked to participate in social media. Sometimes it is about engagement, sometimes translation and other times simply to communicate. A good place for researchers to start is blogging. But what does that involve?
May 06, 2020
An Introduction to Strategic Planning in Research
Strategy and planning are common outside research. Increasingly business-based approaches are being applied to research. Not just applied, but required. Take, for example, applications for new centres and institutes. Not to mention large national competitive grants. Smaller research groups are now also applying strategic planning approaches to facilitate progress.   Working through a series of facilitated workshops, I help researchers understand the strategic planning process and build an implementable plan for success.
May 04, 2020
Write That Thesis, Blog or Article Faster
Prolific writing is essential to success as an academic. And it is also likely necessary for success in any career beyond your PhD. In this webinar I go through some of the things you can do to improve your writing. I also look at some techniques you can use to get more written on a regular basis. And, like all webinars I run, there some chat about the challenges people face.
April 29, 2020
Twitter for Researchers
Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Twitter is one of the largest social networks. It has more than 300 million active users. But what does it mean to a researcher? How can you get access to a small slice of that attention? In this webinar Richard goes through some of the things to consider when using Twitter for your research and factors that might make Twitter more or less successful.
April 22, 2020
Technology Options in Project Management
There are many technology options for project management in research. In this webinar we take a quick look at some that are out there and why you might use one over another. We also look at some of the different project management approaches and their suitability to different technology platforms.
April 15, 2020
Finding Grant Writing in Research Opportunities
How and where to find funding opportunities as a PhD student or early career researcher (ECR).
April 08, 2020
CoronaWhelmed – Community-led Discussion on Dealing with COVID-19
COVID-19 is causing many governments to enforce social isolation measures. Success as an academic or PhD might, at times require social isolation. However, it is not cool when everyone else is forced to be at home with us. So, how are you coping? What are you doing? What work are you able to focus on solely from home? How will it impact your PhD? What about your research?  In this community-led discussion a forum for these questions to be asked and answered.
April 01, 2020
Working with PhD Students and ECRs Partners
Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. Particularly in the form of competitive grants. However, one source that remains somewhat untapped and under utilised is industry-funded research. In order to get access to industry funds, researchers need to find partners.
March 25, 2020
Getting Funding As an ECR
Live recording of a webinar giving a quick introduction to early career researchers on how they could improve their chances of obtaining competitive grant funding.
March 18, 2020
Project Management in Research
Richard gives a quick introduction to project management in research. He covers several different approaches, and when and where they might be of value in research.
March 11, 2020
The You Project # 43 with Dr Richard Huysmans
On this episode of TYP, Craig chats with Dr. Richard Huysmans about all things learning, upskilling, research, business development, career change, academia and the trauma of Craig’s first semester of University (at 36). The lads explore everything from getting back into study (as an adult) and navigating the terror and confusion of becoming a student (again), through to the many levels of learning from the ‘Google Classroom’ all the way up to gaining a PhD in something you’re passionate about. So inspired was Craig, that (with Richard’s guidance) he’s thinking about tackling a PhD in Philosophy (his passion), using his work as the basis for his thesis and area of research.
March 04, 2020
Helium Podcast #19: Nurturing Industry Relationships for Research Sponsorship, Collaboration and Student Mentoring
Dr. Richard Huysmans joined the show to discuss how to develop and nurture relationships with industry. These relationships will lead to more well-rounded mentoring for your students, more research collaboration opportunities and possible sponsorship of you work. How do you start? Ask your senior mentors to introduce you to their industry collaborators. Develop a LinkedIn profile where you talk about what you are passionate about in your research life. Avoid jargon on social media platforms if your intent is to connect with members of industry. Project the type of collaborator that you want to work with onto those platforms.
February 26, 2020
Applying for Jobs
According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD graduates would not do the their PhD again. In this webinar we’ll take a look at the academic and non-academic job application process and some of the things you can do to increase your chances of success.
February 19, 2020
Jane Anderson Podcast: Interview with Research Translation Expert Dr. Richard Huysmans
As a research strategist, Dr. Richard Huysmans is an expert in helping researchers get the best out of their training, their research and their career. He is focused on research translation and together with Jane Anderson, is the only consultant training researchers How to make their LinkedIn profile (research) translation ready, for greater research impact and industry engagement.
February 12, 2020
Budget Setting & Management in Research
The four key elements of Project Management are cost, quality, scope and time. Of all four, I most often get asked to help researchers with cost. Or more to the point budget setting and management.
February 05, 2020
Becoming a Resilient Researcher
PhD students have some of the highest rates of mental fatigue of any part of the research system. Some studies even show PhD students as having the worst mental health of all professions and students. Why is this the case? And what can the sector do about it?  We look at some of the data on mental health in research as well as tools, tips and techniques students, supervisors and colleagues can employ to be more resilient at work and in life.
January 29, 2020
CV Writing for Academics
CV writing is not something you need to do every day, not even every year. And some people might be lucky enough that they never need to write a CV. But, if you have to write one it can be tough to know what is in or what is out. Or, if you’re applying for jobs and getting little feedback it’s hard to know what’s wrong with your CV.
January 22, 2020
How to Identify Potential Partners
One of the best ways to translate your research into practice is to work directly with an industry partner. But one of the hardest things to do is find a partner interested in the work you do or the knowledge you have. We look at how a research might find potential industry partners.
January 15, 2020
How to Better Understand the Broader Context of Your Research
We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? This webinar gives a brief introduction to strategic planning, and covers one of its key components – environmental scanning. 
January 08, 2020
SWOT Analysis
We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? In this webinar I’ll give a brief introduction to strategic planning and then cover one of its key components – SWOT analysis (also known as Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).
December 11, 2019
Using Technology to Complete Your PhD Faster
Average completion times for a PhD vary, but most data suggests at least four years (full time) as an average. In some cases, the average completion time is more than seven years! So, how can we reduce that time. Short of doing more work or more hours (which I do not recommend), or being more organised what else can be done to reduce the time it takes to finish your PhD?
December 04, 2019
Building Your Personal Research Website
Increasingly researchers are expected to develop and manage their own personal brand. This can (and does) cover many aspects of online and offline life. Initially, it began with social media. But websites have decreased in price and increased in accessibility so it’s now reasonable – and easy – to have you own! But how do you do that? Where do you start? And hat is important?
November 27, 2019
LinkedIn for Researchers
LinkedIn is the only social media network dedicated to work-related activities. As such, it has a unique place for academics in connecting with industry. In this webinar I’ll go through why you might use LinkedIn and the things to do to get the most of out it as an academic.
November 20, 2019
Instagram for Researchers
Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Instagram one of the fastest growing social networks in terms of percentage of people who use it in Australia. It has more than 1 billion active users. But what does it mean to a researcher? How can you get access to a small slice of that attention?
November 13, 2019