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Dr. Richard Huysmans' Podcast

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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 pape… read more

193 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Strategic Planning

December 1st, 2021


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 …

What Is Coaching, and How you Can Use It?

November 26th, 2021


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 …

When to Change Your Research Plan

November 19th, 2021


Four responses to things changing in research:

  1. Turn around and go home – Essential forget the goal for now.
  2. Wait it out – Do nothing.
  3. Take a …

Writing Grants – Nov 2021

November 17th, 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 …

Lifting Your Project Management Game

November 12th, 2021


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 …

Writing Faster and Better

November 5th, 2021


Four tips for writing faster and better:

  1. Summarise using sentences.
  2. Write as if no one is reading.
  3. Write, just write.
  4. Join a writing group.

Networking for Career Success

November 3rd, 2021


Networking is probably the MOST valuable skill for your career. It will be the one thing that gets you a job, a role, an opportunity – consistently. …

Manage Your Energy Not Your Time

October 29th, 2021


Just like managing the time you use your phone is useless once the battery is dead, so too is managing your time once your batter is dead. So, if you’re trying to improve your productivity, and time management isn’t …

How I Run My Social Media (and How You Can Do the Same)

October 22nd, 2021


Eight things I did to get better at social media:

  1. Attend workshops and training on being better at social media.
  2. Build a follower persona.

Taking Time Off

October 20th, 2021


It can be hard to take time off. But it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. To make matters worse, our role models – aka supervisors …

Eight Ideas on Improving Your Productivity

October 15th, 2021


Eight tips to increase your productivity:

  1. Important stuff first.
  2. Boot up routine.
  3. Shut down routine.
  4. Three items to-do list.
  5. Strive for …

What If We Knew What Reviewers Said About Other Grants

October 10th, 2021


On Amazon you can see the reviewer history. You can see what other products they’ve reviewed, and what they said. Would a similar approach be useful …

Looking for Work

October 6th, 2021


Looking for work is one of the hardest career activities you will do. Despite the so-called resilience of researchers and being used to grant or journal rejections – the job-hunting process can take things to the next …

Building a Reading Habit

October 3rd, 2021


Six steps to building a reading habit:

  1. Trigger the desire by making the reading material obvious (i.e., place articles around the house/lab/office).

Writing Your Resume (Sep 2021)

September 22nd, 2021


No matter what you want to do or become, you’ll need to write a resume. Versions will end up in grants. Versions will end up on websites. Versions will be submitted to promotion panels. Versions will be sent to …

Should I Do a PhD Thesis by Publication?

September 20th, 2021


The best thesis is a submitted thesis. This by publication could make this faster or slower. Be aware of the pros and cons. If you’d like to know …

What's the Easiest PhD?

September 13th, 2021


Six tips for an easy PhD:

  1. Have a good research question.
  2. Use known research tools.
  3. Have accessible data and/or samples.
  4. Build your analytical …

How to Fall in Love with Your PhD

September 9th, 2021


Three tips to help you (or you students) fall in love with your PhD:

  1. Take time away from and deprioritise the PhD.
  2. Get to know your …

Career Planning Strategies

September 7th, 2021


So much of our lives are planned. School. University. Further study. Marriage. Birth. Heck, even death and funerals are planned. But how many of you …

How I Build My Endurance Muscle

August 31st, 2021


A PhD is probably the longest single project one individual is continuously responsible for. Thus, building your endurance muscle is important for PhD success. Three things that have helped me build my endurance muscle …

Leaving Academia (Aug 2021)

August 25th, 2021


The famous line from the song Hotel California, “You can check out but you can never leave” applies to so many things. Academia is one of them. Leaving seems so hard for so many reasons. You’ve invested lots of time, …

How I Apply the Run-Walk-Run Strategy to Work

August 23rd, 2021


There are lots of things we can learn from other people and other disciplines and sectors. Me, I’ve taken the run-walk-run strategy and applied it to …

How Running Builds My Resilience at Work

August 17th, 2021


There are anecdotal and published links between running very long distances (ultra-marathons) and various psychological measures of resilience. I can …

Making Most of Your Conference Presentation (Aug 2021)

August 11th, 2021


Although COVID changed the way we conference, presenting at an in-person, virtual or mixed conference is still one of the best ways to grow your research skills. It is also one of the best ways to grow your network. And …

Planning Your (Ideal) PhD

August 10th, 2021


Having a structured PhD plan can help you make progress when you lack motivation. One of the easiest things to do is to create a plan for your PhD that covers the years, months, weeks, and days. Each has a relevant …

Metrics for Measuring Research Outputs

August 3rd, 2021


There are many metrics that researchers and associated administrator use to measure and report success. Here are 6 that might be useful for you: 

Five Conferences You Should Be Attending During Your PhD and Why

July 30th, 2021


Five conferences you should attend during your PhD:

  • Leading international conference in your field – to get to know the experts.
  • Leading national …

Launching Your Post PhD Career

July 28th, 2021


PhDs are a lot like weddings. We spend forever worrying about this one event, but the real challenge is the lifetime that comes afterwards. So, if you’re interested in planning for what happens after you graduate your …

Reporting Your Success

July 21st, 2021


It is great to measure yourself. But the next step towards improvement is to report. I don’t think it matters who or where you report to. It could be …

How Are You Measuring Your Success?

July 15th, 2021


One of the most important things we can do to help others positively assess our work and progress is to collect data and report on our success.

But …

Instagram for Researchers (Jul 2021)

July 13th, 2021


Instagram is the perfect tool for people who produce good looking images. And, if you ask me, researchers (academics) produce heaps of images. Images …

Becoming a Successful Researcher in 4 Easy Steps

July 6th, 2021


Four steps to becoming a successful researcher: 

1. Define success (or what does life look like in 5 years).

2. Work backwards to today – what does …

A Checklist for Researchers Using Twitter

July 1st, 2021


Six simple tips for making the most of Twitter: 

1. Check it. 

2. Follow interesting accounts. 

3. Like stuff. 

4. Share stuff. 

5. Create content. 

You Should Be Making Slow Gains

June 30th, 2021


So much of research is measured by short term goals – grants, papers, and presentations – when longer term outcomes are the real target – cures, change, and improvements. So, instead of chasing short term goals, aim for …

Facebook for Researchers June 2021

June 29th, 2021


Facebook is the most used social media platform on the planet. Yet, many researchers have avoided using it for academic purposes. Is that you? Do you avoid using Facebook – “It’s my personal stuff” – I hear you say. …

Podcasts I Listen to (and Why)

June 28th, 2021


We’re all listening to podcasts now. However, it is mainly for entertainment. Yet, podcasts exist on many different topics. So, if you’re thinking about a career change, or upskilling, or retraining – find some related …

Instagram Accounts I Follow (and Why)

June 24th, 2021


There are many reasons you might follow an Instagram (or any social media) account. 

Here are three that I use: 

• Learn about life. 

• Learn about …

Living Your Priorities

June 22nd, 2021


Six steps to living your priorities:  

1. Determine the period of time you’ll focus on. 

2. Schedule deadlines. 

3. Schedule ideal delivery dates.  

Using LinkedIn (As an Academic)

June 21st, 2021


If you’re not sure how to use LinkedIn, perhaps think of it as a research conference.  

1. Be active – Talk to people, share content. Talk about what you liked. Talk about what you learned. 

2. Get notified – About what …

On Having Non-Work Time

June 18th, 2021


Academics, scientists, researchers – all LOVE their job. In many cases the love drives the work. This means it can take up the time allotted to it. But, if you ask me, that’s the reason why you struggle so much with …

Six Lessons I've Learned Helping Researchers with Social Media

June 17th, 2021


Six lessons I have learned helping others with social media: 

1. Time – It takes time to build your social media muscle. There’s no substitute for hours on the platform. There’s no substitute for being on the platform …

Fifteen Posts to Help Promote Your Next Journal Article

June 16th, 2021


If you want your work to be read, downloaded, and cited, you MUST promote it. So, what are some of the best ways you’ve seen an academic share their research work on social media? Here are 15 ideas from me…

Twitter for Researchers (June 2021)

June 15th, 2021


The un-official social media channel of choice for academics is Twitter. So, as a PhD student or ECR, if you’re not here you might not be noticed by your peers. Especially if you have yet to publish a peer review piece …

Choosing a Social Media Channel

June 14th, 2021


Choosing a (new) social media channel? 

Here are 5 steps to help make a start: 

1. Know your preferences. 

2. Understand your goal. 

3. Know your audience. 

4. Filter. 

5. Start!

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Mistakes People Make Writing Their Thesis

June 9th, 2021


There are all kinds of ways to write a thesis. And thus, there are all kinds of mistakes you can make in the process. 

Here are some that I have …

Writing a Better Thesis, Dissertation or Journal Article

June 8th, 2021


Getting better at writing is one of the best ways to increase your research output. Yet, we spend very little time learning or practicing writing. 

So here are 5 tips to improve your writing: 

1. Read the style of …

Keep on Playing...

June 7th, 2021


Ever been tempted to “cancel Christmas” in order that you can get something done. What about skipping training so you can write an assignment or finish an experiment? STOP! It’s killing your effectiveness as a worker. 

Ask Me Anything – June 2 2021

June 4th, 2021


This episode of AMA is LinkedIn. Ask a question. Try to answer it.  

What have people asked (and had answered)?: 

Should I be on LinkedIn? 

What …

The You Project No. 459 - Becoming an Older Student

June 4th, 2021


This episode is all about returning to study at any level (certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, degree or post grad.) irrespective of your academic background, perceived aptitude for study or level of confidence (it …

A Better Way to Read Journal Articles

June 3rd, 2021


Getting better at reading is one of the best ways to increase your research output. Yet, we spend very little time learning or practicing reading or recalling what we’ve read. So here are 5 tips to improve your reading …

LinkedIn for Researchers (May 2021)

June 2nd, 2021


LinkedIn is one of the oldest social media channels. Yet, depending on who or what you listen to it has yet to reach the “maturity” of channels such …

Twelve Questions to Consider When Changing PhD Topic

May 28th, 2021


There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to changing your PhD topic. But there are some things you can consider. Here I ask 12 questions to …

Eleven Things I’ve Learned About Running Writing Groups

May 28th, 2021


In September last year, I started some new writing groups. Even though my role is facilitator and training, I have learned a lot about writing …

Simplifying Research Project Management

May 27th, 2021


Project management is too complex. And therefore project management in research is regularly avoided. 

BUT - researchers can fix that with some …

It is Okay to Feel Nervous (Anxious Even)

May 26th, 2021


“COVID normal” is almost upon us. In Victoria (Australia) we are now allowed to have more people onsite. Businesses can have up to 75% of their workforce in the office. And, just like working from home caused …

A Better Model to Support University Collaborations

May 25th, 2021


Supporting university-to-university collaborations is not easy. Many partners are sceptical that the decisions made, or actions taken are biased …

How to Promote Your Research on Social Media

May 24th, 2021


In my experience there are two types of researchers promoting their content on social media. Those who do nothing, and those who say “I’m so excited to announce my paper on [something] was published [somewhere]. If you …

Ask Me Anything about Social Media – May 19, 2021

May 21st, 2021


This workshop focus on social media. Whatever your social media question is – bring it and I’ll give you an answer.

What have people asked (and had answered)?:

- Best channel for me.

- Best channel for the people I want …

Having Tough Conversations with Your Students

May 20th, 2021


Just like talking to your superiors can be tough, so too can talking to your students. Here are five things you can focus on (in addition to the earlier 9 I put together): 

1. Know your expectations. 

2. Let (some of) …

Improving Your Social Media Game

May 19th, 2021


It is almost impossible to be a successful research without an active social media account. You might even have more than one. And, at times it feels …

The Big Opportunity of COVID

May 18th, 2021


COVID has taken a lot away. But it has also shown us what is possible. From solving homelessness, to reducing pollution, to creating lifesaving …

Being a More Creative Grant Proposal or Social Media Writer

May 17th, 2021


If you’ve ever tried writing a grant, proposal, cover letter, social media or podcast you’ll have likely encountered difficulties being creative. One …

Six Things You Might Not Know About Applying for Jobs

May 13th, 2021


Six things that you might not know about applying for a job: 

1. Selection bias is real – male names are better than female, common names are better than foreign names. 

2. Photos aren’t necessary – and introduce more …

You Don’t Need Another Qualification

May 12th, 2021


You should be earning or learning – but not all learning has to be the same. They don’t need to be formal qualifications. Experience is a way of …

Should I finish My PhD and Other Questions You Might Be Asking Yourself

May 11th, 2021


There are many reasons to do a PhD. But few reasons to discontinue, intermit or leave a PhD (or academia). Beyond why you might leave, you should …

Ask Me Anything - May 5, 2021

May 10th, 2021


Every fortnight I host a free workshop on topics that PhD students, ECRs and academics might find useful. In the alternate weeks, I do this – an ask …

Five Ways to Improve Your Resume

May 7th, 2021


Resumes or CVs – the short documents used as a major tool for job applications – are a common source of angst for job seekers. Even people with …

Routine or Superstition

May 6th, 2021


Routines and their negative counterparts – superstitions – are common in most forms of life and work. Routines help you by shifting our mental state …

Four Tips for Writing a Better Resume

May 5th, 2021


What does the data say about writing a resume? Lots of things. Including: 

• Layout matters 

• Highlight your achievements 

• Experience before education

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Using MS Word to Write Your Thesis (Apr 2021)

May 4th, 2021


So often I hear, “What program should I use to write my thesis?” And, like photographers say the best camera is the one you have with you, the best …

Ask Me Anything - Apr 21, 2021

April 26th, 2021


In this AMA edition, Richard answers questions he received online.  He covers topics about making PhD progress, the changing nature of your research questions whether you refer yourself as a PhD candidate or student on …

Writing Your Thesis in 15 Weeks (or Less)

April 21st, 2021


Although most people will recommend that you write your thesis as you go. Although most people will discourage you from leaving writing until the end. The reality is, most people leave the majority of their writing to …

Four Tips for Working with Industry as an Academic

April 19th, 2021


The problem most academics have working with industry is that they assume industry is like them. So here are 4 tips to help you work with industry: 

(1) Remove your prejudice; 

(2) Understand their motivations; 

(3) …

If I Leave Academia – Should I Retrain and What Matters to Industry?

April 16th, 2021


What questions do you have about looking for work? I’ve listed a few here. But if you’ve got others I’d love to know. Maybe I can answer? Or the …

Eight Questions and Answers on Leaving Academia

April 15th, 2021


Thinking about leaving academia? Here are 8 common questions and my answers. As with most things career related, there’s no right or wrong. There’s what you might like, and what you might not like. And, the only way …

Setting Boundaries

April 14th, 2021


Setting work boundaries is one of the most important things you’ll need to learn. It’ll be useful as a PhD student, and onto whatever academic or …

Dealing with Power Imbalances When Setting Boundaries

April 13th, 2021


Setting boundaries is essential to overall life balance. And, as a PhD student you might know what you want, but struggle to implement it. So, here, I’ve put some advice that might help when trying to set and implement …

Making the Most of a Bad Situation

April 12th, 2021


Job losses, redundancies, and restructures are a part of modern business. Sometimes they are driven by internal factors, other times they are driven by external factors. For the most part we are just passengers on a …

Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks

April 8th, 2021


If you want to be a successful academic, you’ll need to publish regularly. If you’re yet to write an article, or if you get anxious thinking about …

One Page Project Management

March 24th, 2021


Project Management need not be complex. Nor does there need to be massive files, lots of paperwork and complex Gantt charts. In this podcast, I’ll go …

Improving Your Social Media Strategy

March 23rd, 2021


Small gains in productivity can have a huge benefit long term. That’s the result of compounding. If you save a minute on a process that you do …

Making Marginal Gains in Your Research Writing

March 22nd, 2021


So much academic output is focused on the written word. Yet so little time is spent looking at how to do it. Further, once we do it, we never look at …

How to Make Marginal Gains in Your Research

March 19th, 2021


Marginal gains are small improvements that have the opportunity to compound. They were made famous by the British Cycling Team that competed (and won …

Twenty-One Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Do a PhD

March 17th, 2021


It is a long list... 

1. Why (go back to) study?  

2. How should I study?  

3. How do I prefer to learn?  

4. What do I want to do after I complete …

How to Read More Articles

March 16th, 2021


A key part of academic life is reading – reading all of the necessary research literature. Now, you could never hope to read it all. But you could …

Six Tips to Become a Better PhD Supervisor

March 15th, 2021


Six tips to being a better PhD supervisor: 

1. Do the training. 

2. Know your students. 

3. Respect their time. 

4. Refer to others. 

5. Model good behaviour. 

6. Make progress visible.

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Four PhD Derailers and Their Solutions

March 11th, 2021


There are four PhD derailers. Avoid them where you can. But if you cannot avoid them, here are some ways through or around them.

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When You’re a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

March 11th, 2021


Being an academic and/or training to be one (e.g. PhD student) means that you view a lot of your skills and experiences in that light. However, if you ask others' for their ideas you'll find your skills are …

Will It Zoom?

March 11th, 2021


So much of what we do is up for review at the moment. And one of the biggest changes is an increased use of videoconferencing. It's been used across society from game shows, to press conferences to meetings. Now all of …

Building High-Performing Research Teams

March 10th, 2021


What’s a high-performing research team I hear you ask? I’d like to know too! But, until then we can look to examples like performing art or motorsport. We’ll look at how those teams operate and some of the lessons we …

Managing Research Projects

March 4th, 2021


Do you manage research projects or do they manage you? If you’d like to have more clarity about what is happening when; who is responsible; reporting and milestone timing then this podcast is for you. Bring your …

What Does It Take to Become a Researcher

March 1st, 2021


Being a researcher does not need to involve working at a university. Or even having a PhD. Many companies and organisations undertake research and …

Impact of COVID-19 on Universities

February 26th, 2021


It is hard to know what impact COVID-19 will have on universities, and academic teaching. Of course you could read what others think, or watch video. …

The Legend File

February 25th, 2021


Academic work is often a sea of rejection, revision, and re-write. Thus, it can be hard to keep upbeat when it seems like everything and everyone is …

Staying Focused on Your PhD

February 25th, 2021


PhDs take forever. Well, it seems that way. Data on completion times suggests 7 years is the average. Yet, (Australian) universities are pushing 3 years, perhaps with a 6 month extension. So, how do you stay focused? …

YouTube for Researchers

February 18th, 2021


Should researchers be on YouTube? Well, if you believe that the future of content is video then the answer must be yes! YouTube is the second most …

Nine Steps to Having Difficult Conversations with Your Supervisor

February 17th, 2021


If tough conversations were easy, we’d all be having them, and they wouldn’t be called tough. They are tough for a reason or sometimes several …

Eight Things to Do to Leverage Your Next Conference Presentation

February 16th, 2021


I think researchers do not do enough to make the most of their invited, and peer reviewed presentations. Both oral, and posters. So, in this podcast, I give you 8 tips to help you get more engagement from your …

Career First Aid

February 15th, 2021


With COVID causing chaos it can be hard to actually "develop" your career during this time. But, that does not mean you should stop thinking about …

Having Tough Conversations with Your Students

February 11th, 2021


Sometimes, talking with your PhD students can be like trying to negotiate with a silverback gorilla. And, maybe in those times you’re better off taking the same response as we did with COVID19 and physically distance …

I’m an Academic Researcher – Should I Have a YouTube Account?

January 26th, 2021


There's a lot of focus on academics having a range of social media channels - LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. But very little attention is paid to YouTube. Yet, YouTube is the second most viewed social media …

Twelve Things to Do Before Going Back into the Office

January 19th, 2021


So, you've had a long layoff from work. Maybe it was because of COVID-19, maybe it was for another reason. Regardless of why, here are 12 things to check/do before you go back to the office, lab or classroom: 

1. Look …

COVID-19 Driving Me Crazy, So Meeting with Subscribers, Friends, and Followers

January 12th, 2021


COVID-19 is driving me a bit crazy. So I'm reaching out to you - my friends and followers on the internet- saying "let's meet". You set the agenda. …

Have Empathy for Yourself

January 5th, 2021


COVID-19 is throwing everything into chaos. And, there are lots of articles and videos focused on being productive in spite of all that. I've written and published my share.   

BUT - it is okay to have an off day, week …

Three Different Strategies for Career Planning

January 4th, 2021


Three different strategies for career planning: 

1)Ten year back casting - start ten years from now. Think about how you'd like that to look/be and then work backwards (hence back casting) from there to now. 

2) Future …

Seven Tips for Working from Home

January 4th, 2021


Working from home is a new challenge for many. 

Seven things that I reckon help are: 

(1) Set up ergonomically. 

(2) Communicate your needs with your housemates. 

(3) Keep good records so you can claim costs later. 

(4) …

How Will I know If My PhD Topic Is a Good One?

December 24th, 2020


PhD students regularly stress of selecting the "right" topic. But it is not something that you can know when you start. The important thing is to …

Are You Really Networking?

December 23rd, 2020


Networking is essential to career success. Yet, we often overlook the easy networking opportunities right in front of us - learning about and knowing the people you are studying with.   

Watch the video and read the …

Thinking about Writing Your CV

December 21st, 2020


What kind of CV do you have? Is it one for industry? One for academia? Do you have many?

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Connect - Book Review

December 21st, 2020


A great book to help people get started on LinkedIn.

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Four Tips to Increase Citations and Industry Uptake of Your Work

December 18th, 2020


Want to increase the citations of your work?  


1. Long descriptive titles. 

2. Promoting it on social media. 

3. Let the authors you cite know …

Financial Management Accounting for In-kind

December 17th, 2020


Accounting and managing in-kind contributions is one of the hardest things that a research centre manager has to do. There's no easy solution - but …

Six Ways to Increase Your Resilience

December 16th, 2020


We are told we need to be resilient and that we need to develop our resilience, but how? 

Here I cover 6 strategies: 

1. Catch your thoughts. 

2. …

Six Steps to Building Your Website

December 15th, 2020


Building a website is easy - but there's lots that might confuse so... In six steps: 

1. Choose a domain name (your name is easiest). 

2. Register with an all-in-one provider (they'll register the name, host the website …

Social Media in Research and Why LinkedIn is Best

December 14th, 2020


There are lots of social media options available these days. The popular ones being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Academics have tended …

Five Streams of Work to Transition into

December 11th, 2020


Sometimes your current role is not exactly what you want to do in life or at the moment. And, in those cases it may seem like there are not many …

Having Tough Conversations with Your Supervisor

December 10th, 2020


No matter how well your PhD progresses, no matter how good a relationship you (think you) have with your supervisor(s), at some point there’ll be a …

The Craft of Research - Book Review

December 7th, 2020


The Craft of Research 3rd Edition by Booth, Colomb & Williams

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Twitter for Researchers

December 3rd, 2020


For whatever reason, I feel like researchers jumped on Twitter like a shopper desperate for toilet paper during social distancing. But, if like me you’re still not sure what the fuss over twitter (or toilet paper) was …

Three Tips for Writing Grants Faster

November 26th, 2020


Three tips for writing grants faster:

- Pre-write sections

- Plan writing the specific grant

- Re-apply if/when you are unsuccessful

Link to …

Leveraging Your Conference Presentation for Career Success

November 26th, 2020


Other than social media, conference presentations are likely the largest audience you can present your work to. And, let’s be honest, you could have …

Smart Work - Book Review

November 20th, 2020


I read Dermot's book - here are my thoughts.

Link to full transcript, you can find it here:

Facebook for Researchers

November 19th, 2020


For whatever reasons, I feel like researchers have steered away from Facebook as a research-communication medium. I’m not sure why. Maybe timing? Or how it grew? Regardless, I think it has HEAPS to offer. In fact, if …

Q&A from BSc Students

November 13th, 2020


At a careers session at Monash University, I got asked some really great questions. So, I thought I'd ask and answer them again here so everyone can …

Twenty Questions for Humans - Book Review

November 13th, 2020


I read Craig's book - here are my thoughts.

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Atomic Habits - Book Review

November 13th, 2020


I read James' book. Here I my thoughts.

Link to full transcript, you can find it here:

Selecting a PhD Topic

November 12th, 2020


One of the most overlooked steps in the PhD process is topic selection. I’ll go through how potential applicants might choose a topic. Importantly, I’ll also look at factors that influence topic such as where you live, …

Instagram for Researchers

November 5th, 2020


If you’re thinking of setting up an Instagram account and what to use it to communicate your research, this podcast is for you. I’ll present current usage stats for the platform, the kinds of people using it, what they …

Using MS Word to Write Your Thesis

October 29th, 2020


So often I hear “What program should I use to write my thesis?”. And like photographers say, the best camera is the one you have with you, the best …

LinkedIn for Researchers

October 22nd, 2020


LinkedIn is essential for research success in the 21st century. As well as go through the three different ways researchers should be using LinkedIn – …

Writing Your CV

October 15th, 2020


COVID19 has impacted us all in many ways. For some, it has meant a shift in research focus. Our workload has increased. Funding has increased. It’s a case of all hands on deck. However, for most work has shifted. So you …

Four Apps That I Use

October 6th, 2020


Four apps that I use to help me run my practice. Gmail (but maybe moving to Outlook). Hubspot for managing customers, clients and collaborators. …

A Day in the Life

October 6th, 2020


What does a day look like for me? In this video I provide a quick run down.

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Skills for Beyond My PhD

October 5th, 2020


There are many skills that I developed during my PhD that have been useful beyond it. In this video I go through several, as well as suggest some …

Dangers of a PhD Outside Academia

October 5th, 2020


Is a PhD dangerous outside academia? Potentially - we have problems for every solution. Not to mention an potentially over analytical and over …

I Answer the Question What Next

October 2nd, 2020


What do I do? I help people getting a PhD or those who already have a PhD answer the question "What next?".

Link to full transcript, you can find it …

Three Grant Writing Tips

October 2nd, 2020


Three grant writing tips: (1) know the policy context for the grant or proposal you are writing. (2) Prepare early. Know what you want to do before …

Telling People About Your Plans

October 1st, 2020


If you really want to make something a success - e.g. moving from academia to industry - tell people your plans. It'll (1) make you accountable; and (2) help you get access to new opportunities from the people you tell …

Three Things That Set Me Up to Transition Out of Academia

October 1st, 2020


How did I transition from academia to self-employed? In this video I cover the "insurance" I had, the people that supported me and the experiences that facilitated my success.


When I left academia, there …

Translation and Funding LinkedIn

September 30th, 2020


How and why LinkedIn is such a powerful tool for establishing research collaborations with industry partners.


On the surface, it might …

Five Points of PhD Program Failure

September 30th, 2020


In this audio, I cover off five different points of failure within PhD programs and how you might address them.


In the work that I do, …

Experiences for Beyond Your PhD

September 29th, 2020


As a PhD student you should always be thinking about what next. In this video I cover four things that helped me beyond my PhD. For me they were: 

1. …

Correct Language

September 29th, 2020


Short video about correct language to use for effective communication.


What language do you use to communicate your work. Is it complex? …

Two Things to Help Write Your Thesis Faster

September 28th, 2020


On this 30 second audio, Richard give 2 tips on writing thesis faster.


Two things to help writing your thesis faster:

The first. Plan …

Four Things That Got Me Here

September 28th, 2020


Four things that got me out of my academic career and onto the path of an entrepreneur. From mentors, to networks,, to work experience, to empathy with academics. Oh, not to mention a barking dog and car trying to …

PhD Program Failure - Lack of Students

September 25th, 2020


One of the biggest problems in a PhD program is lack of students. More students means greater peer support. More students also means many events and …

Suit Coat or Lab Coat?

September 25th, 2020


Knowing what you want to do - at any stage in life - is hard. In this video I talk about how I made the decision to switch from an academic career to a non-academic career. I also cover some of the things that made it …

Choosing a Social Media Channel

September 24th, 2020


So someone said to you “you should be on LinkedIn”. And now that’s all you can think about. Or, all of your academic friends are on Twitter. Or …

Doing More with Grant Money

September 17th, 2020


Funding for research is hard to come by at the best of times. But like a rubber band you want to be able to stretch your money to cover as much as possible.

Taking Advantage of International Ranking Schemes

September 10th, 2020


Sometimes working in an academic institution can feel like a tug-of-war. With competing priorities pulling in multiple different directions. However, …

An Introduction to University Ranking Schemes

September 3rd, 2020


University ranking schemes are like stars – there are lots around, but we really only pay attention to the ones that are the brightest. And like stars, there are small number of ranking schemes that have a …

Building Multi-University Collaborations

August 27th, 2020


Even though the Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded to teams; even though students cannot be supervised by researchers from multiple universities; even …

Setting up a Successful Partnership with Industry

August 20th, 2020


It is one thing to find an industry partner – but how do you set up a successful partnership? How do you turn a good idea into something that works …

How to Find Industry Partners

August 13th, 2020


Industry partners are an essential part of academic research in the 21st century. If the moniker was “publish or perish” it is now “partner AND publish or perish”. But, where do you find these partners? Who are they? …

Positioning Yourself as An Expert

August 6th, 2020


Without doubt, academic researchers are experts in their field. But, in so many cases non-academics are selected as experts. Experts when it comes to talking to the media. Experts when it comes to acting on panels. …

The Changing Nature of Academic Research

July 30th, 2020


Academic research is still, fundamentally, about publishing good research and getting grants to fund good research. However, “publishing” is now a very broad term. And “grants” can come from almost anywhere.

Becoming a Successful Researcher

July 23rd, 2020


Wanting to and being a successful academic researcher are two different things. Richard takes a look at what academic success looks like and what …

Why Become a Researcher

July 9th, 2020


If you’re doing a PhD you may well be thinking you’d like to become an academic researcher. But that is not the only option available to you.

Using Social Media to Translate Your Research

July 2nd, 2020


If you’re not on social media, you are not translating your research – it is as simple as that. But, being on social media doesn’t mean you are translating your research. There are so many scenarios and alternatives …

Finding a Mentor

June 25th, 2020


A mentor should be someone who can show you the way through things. They may not have THE answer, but they probably have AN answer. A bit like a …

Leaving Academia

June 18th, 2020


The decision to become an academic researcher is often based on passion for science or research. And although leaving any profession is hard, the decision to leave academia is often a tough one. There are often …

Developing Your Transferable Skills

June 11th, 2020


PhD graduates are clearly capable of doing many things beyond the running of an individual research project. However, that is not always obvious to their potential employers. Here, I look at how to track, record and …

Managing Virtual Teams

June 4th, 2020


Virtual teams, or my preferred term – distributed teams – have come into prominence as a result of many governments implementing physical distancing …

Things to Do When You Cannot Conduct Experiments

May 28th, 2020


Whether it is a global pandemic or broken machinery, there are times when doing experiments might not be possible. In this webinar, Richard go …

Building an Enhanced PhD Program

May 25th, 2020


It is no longer enough to offer “just a PhD program”. Universities and their faculties, colleges, schools and departments all need to prepare PhD …

Looking at Career Options

May 20th, 2020


According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD …

Moving Career Streams

May 18th, 2020


Across all areas of training there are essentially five streams of work: 

(1) Practitioner – doing the work you were trained to do. 

(2) Researcher – investigating a topic of interest. As an academic you are …

Facebook for Researchers

May 13th, 2020


Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Facebook is the largest social network. It has more than 2.4 billion active users. But what does it mean to a researcher? How can you get access to a …

Identifying Your Potential Selling Points

May 11th, 2020


Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. And everyone is being encouraged …

Blogging for Researchers

May 6th, 2020


Increasingly academics and researchers more broadly are being asked to participate in social media. Sometimes it is about engagement, sometimes translation and other times simply to communicate. A good place for …

An Introduction to Strategic Planning in Research

May 4th, 2020


Strategy and planning are common outside research. Increasingly business-based approaches are being applied to research. Not just applied, but required. Take, for example, applications for new centres and institutes. …

Write That Thesis, Blog or Article Faster

April 29th, 2020


Prolific writing is essential to success as an academic. And it is also likely necessary for success in any career beyond your PhD. In this webinar I …

Twitter for Researchers

April 22nd, 2020


Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Twitter is one of the largest social networks. It has more than 300 million active users. But what does it mean to a researcher? How can you get access …

Technology Options in Project Management

April 15th, 2020


There are many technology options for project management in research. In this webinar we take a quick look at some that are out there and why you …

Finding Grant Writing in Research Opportunities

April 8th, 2020


How and where to find funding opportunities as a PhD student or early career researcher (ECR).

CoronaWhelmed – Community-led Discussion on Dealing with COVID-19

April 1st, 2020


COVID-19 is causing many governments to enforce social isolation measures. Success as an academic or PhD might, at times require social isolation. …

Working with PhD Students and ECRs Partners

March 25th, 2020


Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. Particularly in the form of …

Getting Funding As an ECR

March 18th, 2020


Live recording of a webinar giving a quick introduction to early career researchers on how they could improve their chances of obtaining competitive …

Project Management in Research

March 11th, 2020


Richard gives a quick introduction to project management in research. He covers several different approaches, and when and where they might be of value in research.

The You Project # 43 with Dr Richard Huysmans

March 4th, 2020


On this episode of TYP, Craig chats with Dr. Richard Huysmans about all things learning, upskilling, research, business development, career change, academia and the trauma of Craig’s first semester of University (at …

Helium Podcast #19: Nurturing Industry Relationships for Research Sponsorship, Collaboration and Student Mentoring

February 26th, 2020


Dr. Richard Huysmans joined the show to discuss how to develop and nurture relationships with industry. These relationships will lead to more …

Applying for Jobs

February 19th, 2020


According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD …

Jane Anderson Podcast: Interview with Research Translation Expert Dr. Richard Huysmans

February 12th, 2020


As a research strategist, Dr. Richard Huysmans is an expert in helping researchers get the best out of their training, their research and their career. He is focused on research translation and together with Jane …

Budget Setting & Management in Research

February 5th, 2020


The four key elements of Project Management are cost, quality, scope and time. Of all four, I most often get asked to help researchers with cost. Or more to the point budget setting and management.

Becoming a Resilient Researcher

January 29th, 2020


PhD students have some of the highest rates of mental fatigue of any part of the research system. Some studies even show PhD students as having the worst mental health of all professions and students. Why is this the …

CV Writing for Academics

January 22nd, 2020


CV writing is not something you need to do every day, not even every year. And some people might be lucky enough that they never need to write a CV. But, if you have to write one it can be tough to know what is in or …

How to Identify Potential Partners

January 15th, 2020


One of the best ways to translate your research into practice is to work directly with an industry partner. But one of the hardest things to do is find a partner interested in the work you do or the knowledge you have. …

How to Better Understand the Broader Context of Your Research

January 8th, 2020


We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? This webinar gives a brief introduction to strategic planning, and covers one of its key components – environmental scanning. 

SWOT Analysis

December 11th, 2019


We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? In this webinar I’ll give a brief introduction to strategic planning and then cover one of its key components – SWOT analysis (also …

Using Technology to Complete Your PhD Faster

December 4th, 2019


Average completion times for a PhD vary, but most data suggests at least four years (full time) as an average. In some cases, the average completion …

Building Your Personal Research Website

November 27th, 2019


Increasingly researchers are expected to develop and manage their own personal brand. This can (and does) cover many aspects of online and offline life. Initially, it began with social media. But websites have decreased …

LinkedIn for Researchers

November 20th, 2019


LinkedIn is the only social media network dedicated to work-related activities. As such, it has a unique place for academics in connecting with industry. In this webinar I’ll go through why you might use LinkedIn and …

Instagram for Researchers

November 13th, 2019


Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Instagram one of the fastest growing social networks in terms of percentage of people who use it in Australia. It has more than 1 billion active users. …

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