Goals in science communication— life raft or dead weight?
September 30, 2021
Meteor: scicomm with impact
How can we set and use scicomm goals so they lift us up instead of drag us down? We suggest:
- Clearly articulate your goals from the beginning of any scicomm project or whenever you have an inflection point in your career.
- Give yourself permission to give self-reflection the time, energy, and respect it needs to serve you well.
- 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:
- For 5 min: write down (in brief) all the goals you can think of, big or small, that you’re currently pursuing.
- 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 (https://www.virginiaschutte.com/) uses goal-setting to chart her freelance career,
- What it’s like to set goals as a team,
- How Bethann (https://commnatural.com/) 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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