She is just the sort of coach staff find helpful – she is approachable, enthusiastic and full of good ideas that go with the grain of the application. With her heartfelt and intelligent heart & mind approach she nurtures talent and builds confidence so people demonstrate that they can be leaders and winners. Her work has a bottom line too. She has helped my staff attract over £6M pounds in funding.
I succesfully applied for a £2M research fellowship with Magdalena´s help at the interview stage. Magdalena came highly recommended by several colleagues who had been successful in obtaining the same grant after being coached by her. Magdalena critically helped me to shape my vision and pitch (slides, delivery, etc). She really helped me to aim high and not be afraid to do so. My presentations, the way I prepare and deliver them, were massively changed forever
I was most fortunate to cross Magdalena’s path at the right time for my career and personal development. She coached me when preparing for my EPSRC Established Career Fellowship interview and she revolutonised my way of thinking about delivering a talk to non specialists in my field of expertise. Incredibly focused and hard-working she just seems to know exactly what people interviewing for grants and senior positions (she also boosted my confidence for my Professorship interview) want to know. Her scientific background helps enormously – she effectively helped me extract the key messages I wanted to communicate. To cut a long story short, we nailed it and I got my £1.5M grant and my Professorship! I would recommend her to any of my colleagues who need coaching for important interviews. I have no doubt she is one of the best in the circuit.
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.
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 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.
I am writing to fully endorse Dr. Magdalena Bak-Maier for the truly outstanding coaching work she did for me. The feedback and comments I received from her were absolutely helpful – critical, honest, humorous, and constructive. In fact, the interview preparations were a wonderful experience for me. Despite the thousand or so applications for ERC grants last year and the fierce competition during the interview stage, I nevertheless received the grant – £1.3 million over five years. This fantastic outcome represents a major milestone in my career, and I am very grateful for the immense support I received.