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!”

Alexandra VeigaScience Engagement and Communications Manager

“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

Tiago Bandeiras

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.

LindsayGrant Research Office

As the creator and facilitator of the weekend, Magdalena exudes a wonderful blend of excitement, curiosity and calm attentiveness. We went at a pace that felt right for us to gallop when we wanted and to also pause when it felt right. The content of the weekend was aimed at the right level for us as coaches to not only review the cornerstones of our practice, but also to stretch ourselves by learning new techniques and approaches. I was able to build on my foundations in a way that got me completely re-energised right from the first day. This energy stayed through the whole weekend. I felt the programme was packed with information and learning, which meant that it felt like great value for money. Not only did we demo and workshop exercises in each day, I also had time to see how they combined with what I already know. The exercises were such that with more practise, they will get richer and richer as I use them with my clients.

Damian BellProfessional and Personal Development Coach, Full Frequency

Magdalena has provided incredible benefit to the social entrepreneurs she has worked with through us. Both as a coach, and as a leader of a session, her disarming manner and warm approach very quickly allow the people she works with to feel an impact from her work. Her insights and experience are immediately apparent, and we have been extremely lucky to be able to work with her.

Catriona MaclayAshoka Fellows UK

After our session with Magdalena, my team came out stronger and more determined than ever to achieve a good service to our customers. As well as bonding more as a team through enjoyable exercises, we were able to get down to some serious discussion about what we wanted to change and how we would go about doing that. Magdalena helped us to identify team wisdoms and team characteristics which we will now use as both a personal and group guidance system to carry us forward. These characteristics will enable us to maintain our effectiveness as a team, they will also periodically be used as a barometer to measure ourselves against. All in all we collectively agree that the session highlighted what we’re good at, while also enabling us to identify strategies and tools to allow positive and empowering personal and team progress.

MarilynHead of Acquisitions and Metadata