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. read more