SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. They work with extraordinarily bright people who are at the forefront of research and innovation. SETsquared runs the highly-regarded “Research to Innovator Programme” which provides the skills and knowledge to convert innovative ideas into a commercial reality.
Networking and communications skills are essential in this process. Without a strong network of people who can advise them and advocate the value of their research, chances of success are slim. And without the skills to enable others to understand their work and to communicate the value of their research on their behalf, the innovators will struggle to turn their ideas into a commercial reality.
The morning session focused on “The secrets of successful networking for researchers”. This was followed by “Technically Speaking: How to convey complex information”. When work is complex and attention spans are short, being able to articulate the value of research puts innovators at a distinct advantage.
Their challenges were many in number, some of which included:
At the end of the Researcher to Innovator programme, these workshops received the highest feedback.
80% of the group rated the session 10/10. Some of the comments included:
“Having been a reluctant networker all my professional life, I just wish I had met Melissa when I was starting out on my entrepreneurial journey. The sessions she designed and delivered for the SETsquared programme; Researcher to Innovator, were well matched to the participant’s needs. By grounding the learning in authentic experiences and with down to earth practical help, everybody left with tools and techniques to ensure those first few forays into networking will be less fraught and more profitable…
Melissa is a very engaging speaker and confident presenter. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk and you can see her using all of her skills when she meets you and makes you feel at ease. I have no hesitation recommending Melissa for sessions on networking.”
Dr Simon Brown – Enterprise Education and Employability Consultant, Head of Enterprise Development – NCEE, Visiting Professor & Entrepreneur in Residence – Plymouth University, Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK