Who or What is The Pub Club?
The Pub Club is a small group of people (2 to 40) within the educational community gathering together to take ownership of their “Academic Careers.” The “objective” of TPC is to tap into and build our own “Community of Minds” in order to best serve both the scientist & the science. The Pub Club agrees with The COM’s position that “our career does not begin after completing Higher Ed. but before we start.” By design, a TPC follows a “Community of Minds” structure and, as with any community, it will function best and produce the most if the individuals of which it is comprised work to learn from and support each other. After some trial and error a successful formula for The Pub Club has been found and is summarized in three posts titled “TPC Structure” 1, 2 and 3. The Pub Club has become a useful resource for all participating members of the 3 labs located in the 4th floor of the Molecular Plant Science (MPS) building at Michigan State University. The Pub Club meets every week to provide both an opportunity and a resource all members can count on. The “task” is to be available to each member when their schedule allows and their needs require. The structure, meetings, and special events are all designed to enable members through active participation to build and hone the “Diverse Skills” necessary to not only be accomplished scientists, but to also turn that into a successful chosen career.
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Last Week at The Pub Club:
06/16/17 – Members of The Pub Club came together to develop, practice and “Polish” our “Elevator Pitch.” First, Bethany reviewed the skills we had worked on in the “Conference Prep Series” 1 and 2. In CPS 1 “Tweetiquette” we learned about networking and the importance of identifying your potential audience ahead of time, not when you bump into them in a conference elevator. We also learned that Twitter is the perfect tool to develop our skill at pulling out The Big Idea of our research, a conference talk or any other situation we find ourselves in. When you are limited to 140 characters, brevity is a requirement. In CPS 2, “Poster Perfection,” we learned about the importance of good imagery in capturing a person’s attention, and how to “Engage” that person with story telling once you have that attention. We then used these skills to improve our posters.
Last week in the 3rd of our Conference Prep Series, “Polishing Our Elevator Pitch,” we learned that we all think when the time comes we’ll have it down. We also learned we are Wrong! After reviewing the skills developed in our previous Gatherings, the group went through the ingredients of a good elevator pitch. We then each took a turn applying each part to our EPitches. We found that step one, just introducing ourselves, proved to be a challenge. No one could resist the urge to quickly skip over their identity and describe their work. Bethany pointed out that even if your research EPitch was amazing, if you failed to adequately identify yourself, how would they follow up? Google “Lady in the elevator”? As much as we might enjoy our research, it is not who we are, and, if we fail to “Engage” our audience with who we are, then they will not be able to connect us with our work.
In moving through building our EPitch skills we discussed how “Imagery” is not just visual, as we had used in our posters, but verbal as well. A successful Elevator Pitch will use verbal imagery to “Capture” a person’s attention and to “Engage” their interest. We went on to apply our Story Telling skills to transform what sounded like a list of bullet points (or “Ands”) into ABT’s.
Once we understood the parts of our EPitch we broke up into groups of 2 to practice and “Polish” our individual EPitches. It was a productive hour at The Pub Club and fun was had by all, especially YanJuan and Bethany!
Summer at The Pub Club…
We are officially in the summer season of The Pub Club, which means an even more relaxed approach to our weekly Gatherings. While we will not plan topics for every week, we most definitely will plan things at your request! A popular example from previous summers is sharing conference updates when we come back from meetings. This summer, we will also do more hands-on workshops, similar to the abstract workshop we had on May 12, 2017. Please feel free to share ideas as you have them! Also, we will be adding TPC member poster and/or oral presentations at ICAR (International Conference on Arabidopsis Research) to our Event Calendar to make it easier for us to support each other. If you are attending a different conference and would like to share your presentation information, simply log in and submit it as an Event.
Introducing The Pub Club’s Summer Conference Preparation Series!
Why do we go to conferences? To Learn of new breakthroughs and/or methods and Share our recent findings with others in our field? To Network? To Develop Skills by participating in workshops? To get re-motivated by Engaging with the greater science community? These are all good reasons to attend and participate in scientific meetings, but how often do we take time prior to conferences to develop a strategy to maximize our experience once there? Considering the amount of time and money we invest in attending, why not apply our research skills to Developing a Game Plan to maximize our experience once there?
To help with this, The Pub Club is hosting a Summer Conference Prep Series. Discussion topics will include forming a networking strategy and the importance of preparing to make a great first impression. However, we will also dedicate time to polishing our verbal, written and graphical communication skills by practicing our Elevator Pitches and poster presentations as well as giving each other feedback on the content, design and flow of our posters prior to printing them.
Interested? Then set those pipets down for an hour, step away from your computer and join others in your local Community of Minds (COM) to talk strategy, research our opportunities, form a game plan and work together to develop our skills. This year, we will be taking the conferences we are attending by storm!
NOTE: you are very welcome to join us even if you are not attending a conference this year. You will just be that much more prepared when the opportunity comes!
When: Fridays, 4 – 5 PM (see the Event Calendar for dates & details)
Where: MPS (Molecular Plant Sciences) Atrium
Who: All interested post docs, graduate students & undergraduate students
Please RSVP to Bethany Huot at firstname.lastname@example.org to help plan snack & beverage quantities!