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.
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!
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: https://www.drrichardhuysmans.com/what-is-coaching-and-how-you-can-use-it-2/
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: https://www.drrichardhuysmans.com/when-to-change-your-research-plan-2/
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.
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.
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: https://www.drrichardhuysmans.com/writing-faster-and-better-2/