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Apr 11, 2016

In this episode, Mark explores the range of reasons why people engage with research. 

He describes research in which he people who had engaged with researchers what had motivated their engagement, and these were the most common reasons people cited:

·       Accessing future funding and new business opportunities

·       Developing new solutions to old problems

·       Increasing personal impact/influence through collaboration with researchers

·       Intrinsic motivation to “make the world a better place” or a desire to learn about the issues being researched

Bear these motives in mind, and see if you can work out which of these motives apply to the people you want to work with. By tapping into their motives, and explaining clearly how working with you can achieve what they want, you are much more likely to get the level of engagement you want.

Apr 4, 2016

In this episode, Mark gives you a sneak peak behind the scenes of his new book, The Research Impact Handbook, and tells you how you can write a book in a week.

Key points:

  • Reasons why you might choose to self-publish your next book, rather than going with a traditional academic publisher (or not)
  • The personal story behind The Research Impact Handbook, including the sentence that breaks a lifetime of silence and shame
  • How you can write a book in a week by breaking the task down into manageable tasks that can be compiled into a book easily, in just a week
  • The key is to confront your fear of putting something imperfect into the world and receiving criticism, and start putting out things that are "good enough" and improving and extending your work progressively - what Jeff Ollson calls "the slight edge"