Magdalena is an incredibly perceptive coach – she can articulate what is going on very quickly to get to the heart of the matter. Using a very warm and supportive approach, she brings an expertly used range of tools, theories and intuition to help and challenge her clients. She is 100% with you every step of the way. I found Magdalena’s coaching to be incredibly valuable, helping me to grow in confidence and get ready for the next challenging step in my career, and also to re-evaluate myself and develop new, more effective perspectives on my career and relationships. I would definitely recommend Magdalena as a coach!
Magdalena very fast gauges the expectations of the people. Accordingly she suggests how to and what to pitch in. She helped me in expressing my research vision to people from different scientific backgrounds and in giving me the confidence needed for a successful interview.
She is an inspirational and dynamic speaker. Her talk was well structured and she had authentic connection with the audience. Her topic was motivational and moving. I highly recommend Magdalena as a Public Speaker.
“Have you ever sat and listened to a presenter and wished that they would just keep on talking and opening up your mind to fascinating stuff which is not only backed up by research, but also highly practical in its application to your 1:1 and group coaching? It doesn’t happen very often, in my experience.
Magdalena had over 80 of us buzzing with enthusiasm and curiosity to find out more…and she gave us more, and more, and even more than we could have dreamt of!
Thank you, Magdalena Bak-Maier, for your generosity and skill in conveying a hugely valuable tool to help us coaches to fast-track our clients towards their dreams and goals. And congratulations on getting such great reviews on our event evaluation forms.”
Kathleen Sullivan, London Regional Events Organiser, Association for Coaching and Senior Lecturer, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
The coaching sessions with Magdalena were hugely valuable – she was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses and made me much more confident dealing with questions probing what I thought were weaker areas. My proposal was ranked 5th before the interview stage, but this improved to 1st after the interview, and the coaching certainly contributed to this. The techniques she used in coaching improved my presentation speech, the accompanying slides and my overall confidence going into the interview. The grant was a 5 year EPSRC fellowship worth just over £1m.
Magdalena seems to know just how to reach her audience so that they sit up straight, take notice and listen intently as she feeds them pearls of wisdom to consider when looking at ones growth and development whether it be personal or professional…after she speaks, everyone feels a little closer to their dreams and renewed with energy to get started!
I’ve invited Magdalena to give a Grant Writing Workshop for researchers at ITQB (Lisbon, Portugal). She completely over exceeded all the expectations, making the event a huge success! Statistics speak by themselves: 96% of the participants rated it as Excellent or Very Good. They felt the workshop was a worthwhile investment of their time and would recommend it to other researchers. Apart from being very professional, Magdalena is a wonderful and joyful person. Some comments we’ve got from participants: – “It was helpful. It exceeded my expectations (by far) FANTASTIC!” – “This workshop was a great catalyst to start working on a grant.” – “I benefited a great deal from the grant writing session. The feedback was useful and the exercises prompted me to get an early start on my grant application.” – “I enjoyed it definitely not a déjà vu.” – “Prof. Magdalena Bak-Maier had a fantastic attitude towards the students!” – “One of the best I attend. I love the psychological approach to “humanize” scientists :)” – “Glad that I attended it!”
“Magdalena’s grant writing course at ITQB, Portugal, was an eye-opener! Her presentation was clear, interesting and well organized. She pointed out many items that we usually don’t remember as being important to catch the project reviewer’s attention! I really enjoyed how she organized the sessions, how she interacted with the participants, and I would like to recommend her grant writing course to other institutions. ” IBET/ITQB, May 2012
Magdalena specifically coached me in my approach, presentation style and delivery for a Career Development Fellowship from the UK Government Department of Health, guiding me on visual, eye-catching, memorable content. Her strategy for me was to use tactics akin to a ‘Dragons Den’ ‘Apprentice’ approach to captivate, enthuse and entrance the Panel [while] simultaneously highlight the critical need of my research. We spent 3 hours developing my presentation, honing down to the key essentials that would relay the critical research messages. She encouraged me to embrace new practices and grasp terminology, akin to that in the business and corporate sector, and feel comfortable with its use in the medical arena. At the end of this rather exhaustive session, I felt energised, invigorated and on a ‘high’, not only to have received such targeted input, but also the realisation that I could be successful. I felt I had a definite edge over other candidates. I was successful.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the Time Management workshop. Already it has made such a difference to me. I liked your theory about just tackling one thing. I tried it at home last night and I got so much more done!
At work I am getting more done too. There is still an overload but after out office and team move next week this will be different and more manageable. So I am optimistic and hopeful. I have your wonderful cards on my desk and I look at a different one each day.