Being organised means that I have a better chance of delivering what I’m supposed to deliver effectively. That’s the 90% perspiration – understanding, making links, developing material and images.
The 10% inspiration is all about the creativity inherent in any process. I don’t think I’m very good at this, so I try to overcompensate. I’ve seen some fantastic speakers and presenters and aspire to have that skill. Consumate orators can take the crudest material and weave a spellbinding narrative around it. I need to work harder. However, the 10% inspiration is also about having impact and reaching new audiences. As an academic impact is very important to us. It is no longer relevant just to publish papers for our peers in universities, we need to have impact in all areas: the public at large, industry, communities etc. Measureable impact will be an important metric for academics over the next few years.