“Your number-one mission as a speaker is to take something that matters deeply to you and to rebuild it inside the minds of your listener. We’ll call that an idea.” ~ Chris Anderson, Head of TED in his latest book “TED Talks – The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking”
I started to ‘tell stories’ about 10 years ago in the form of a nature blog. It was meant as a platform for me to share about marine life and marine science research in Singapore.
With time, I had asked myself the question of how can I disseminate science (especially my research work) to others who don’t study what I do? So that’s when I started to take writing more seriously and learnt the techniques of writing science that is easy for others to understand. It turns out to be very hard work! For every article you read on my website, I spent hours researching the materials, fine-tuning my sentences, and reading out loud to make sure it makes easy sense!
As I grew in my career, I also began to see how my small efforts have translated to many layers in civil society, such as bringing science to the masses via my blog, inspiring my students to become advocates of good science, as well as having the opportunity to speak to our government officials about the work we do for the marine environment.
At the end of the day, I believe that it is worth it. A friend of mine whom I have not met for a while told me that she saw my post on her Facebook one day, and decided to click on it to see what I write. And she ended up in front of her computer hours after, because she read almost all of my posts! *beams* 🙂
• High Net Worth, 8 Dec 2017: “Stories of Gratitude: Neo Mei Lin”
• Asian Scientist, 27 Sep 2017: “Taking to TED To Champion The Cause of Clams (Video)”
• Forbes.com, 28 Jul 2017: “How One Marine Biologist Is Working To Save The Giant Clam”
• World Economic Forum, Agenda, 22 Jun 2016: “Q&A: What has the panda got that giant clam hasn’t?” [XxXX series of interviews with female scientists]
• Asian Scientist, 16 Jun 2016: “Asia’s Rising Scientists: Neo Mei Lin”
TED: TED Fellow “The Fascinating Secret Lives of Giant Clams”
World Economic Forum: “The Big Picture on Oceans“
TEDxACSIndependent: “The unsung heroes of the seas“
University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries: “Conservation Research of Giant Clams“