Goals in science communication— life raft or dead weight?

September 30, 2021 Meteor: scicomm with impact Season 1 Episode 1
Goals in science communication— life raft or dead weight?
Show Notes

How can we set and use scicomm goals so they lift us up instead of drag us down? We suggest: 

  1. Clearly articulate your goals from the beginning of any scicomm project or whenever you have an inflection point in your career. 
  2. Give yourself permission to give self-reflection the time, energy, and respect it needs to serve you well. 
  3. Allow yourself to use your goals as a “living document” and recognize that your goals will change over time. That’s life, not failure. 

How to get started setting your own goals in just a few minutes: 

  1. For 5 min: write down (in brief) all the goals you can think of, big or small, that you’re currently pursuing. 
  2. For 5 min: write down why you are pursuing each goal. 

Knowing the why is adjacent to setting attainable, measurable goals and will set you up to productively work more on this later. 

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Listen to the full episode for: 

  • Why setting goals is essential for science communication project and career success, 
  • How Virginia ( uses goal-setting to chart her freelance career, 
  • What it’s like to set goals as a team, 
  • How Bethann ( uses goal-setting to strategically add opportunities to her academic workload, 
  • How personal and professional goals can inform each other, and 
  • When goals become a burden and what strategies we use to turn things around. 

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