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I was recently featured on an Instagram live hosted by @shine.science and I was asked the question, “How do you handle negative comments on social media?” I had such a long answer that I thought it would make an excellent podcast episode!
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I’ve been putting myself out there (and by there I mean the Internet) since about 2010 when I started a professional Twitter account and blog. Eleven years later (where has the time gone??) I am still here and in the last few years I’ve put myself even out there more with the creation of a YouTube channel and this podcast.
No matter how amazing you are, you will receive some negative comments if you do science communication. In this episode, I talk specifically about how I handle my negative comments and what you should expect if you put yourself out there just as much as me.
Specifically I talk about and cover:
- What is science communication and why in the world would a scientist choose to do it?
- Why I choose to do science communication and why it’s important
- What scientists are scared of if they were to put themselves out there
- A summary of my experience with negative comments and my categorization of comments: Trolling,
negative, but informative, and disagreements
- All of the tools, techniques, and thoughts I use to deal with these comments such as:
- Reprogramming my brain using neuroscience
- Putting things in perspective and changing the meaning of comments
- How to immediately disarm nasty comments
- Why getting haters is a good thing
- Evaluating myself: Am I doing anything to attract negative comments?
- Use my comments as sources of material for content creation
- Creating a happy folder
- Visualizations that help me
- AND MORE!
Resources and Sources in Handling the Haters
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.