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BLOG – ‘Cutting through the fog: Crafting and presenting a clear magnetic story’ – Dr Ghina Halabi

by Dr Stephanie Höhn

Everybody has a story to tell. What is your personal story? How can you use it in your work and everyday life to get your message across? These are the questions we discussed during a thought provoking evening with Dr Ghina Halabi, astrophysicist, gender advocate and storyteller.

The power of stories is demonstrated by the 1001 tales that Scheherazade tells the Sultan, ending each session with a cliff hanger in order to be spared another day. Fascinated by Scheherazade’s stories the Sultan eventually gives up his plan to behead her. Inspired by this Middle Eastern tale Ghina founded the social enterprise “Scheherazade Speaks Science” , a platform to make science accessible and promote female scientist.

1On Tuesday (12 February 2019), Ghina introduced the essential ingredients that capture the attention of an audience and make sure they will remember you and whatever it is you have to say. In a lively discussion we explored the phenomenon of “storyphobia” in science, which on one hand relies on cold hard facts and on the other hand needs to appeal to the deeper needs of society in order to obtain its support. Revealing the ups and downs that inevitably mark the path to any project worth noting makes it so much more interesting to listen and renders the narrator more human and relatable. Ghina stressed that, like any other skill, storytelling 4needs to be exercised. Several brave attendees shared anecdotes of events that contributed to shaping the person they are today. Nurturing this skill can be helpful during presentations, outreach work and even job interviews. For the latter a compelling example of a challenging situation well mastered can be invaluable. The team at Scheherazade Speaks Science gives regular workshops including narration, body language and dealing with stage fright.

So, what is your story?

We would like to thank Ghina for sharing her evening and inspiring us all for our own stories.

Perfecting your interview skills – Megan Glazebrook

Just over a month to go until the third workshop in our 4-part career series! On the 12th of March Megan Glazebrook, Talent Acquisition Partner at Johnson Matthey, will coach you to nail those Interview Techniques for a definitive yes in step-three. For a description of the workshop and for bookings click here.

Job Adverts

We now have job adverts on our website!

Personal Care Regulatory, a regulatory company in cosmetic science, is looking for a science graduate to join their team. Read more…

Keronite is looking to expand and strengthen its technology development team with the addition of an experienced chemist. Read more…

Join our Steering Group – AGM 2019 nomination forms

Do you like what Cambridge AWiSE stands for? Why not join our Steering Group? A great way to develop transferable skills in a supportive environment.

The 2019 Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th February ~9.20 pm in the Reception Rooms at Lucy Cavendish College, following a talk by Dr Ghina Halabi, which will start at 8 pm.

Please find descriptions of the roles and nomination forms for the post we will be holding elections for here.

Any questions? Contact Marloes at

Dr Ghina Halabi | Cutting through the fog: Crafting and presenting a clear magnetic story (plus a short AGM)

In this talk on the 12th of February at 8 pm at Lucy Cavendish College, you will discover the elements and structure of narrative, and the value of a good story. A short AGM will follow, which you are welcome to attend. Ghina is a space scientist, storyteller, gender equality advocate, mentor and invited speaker at the UN and TEDx. She works at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. Read more and book…

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