How do you make a name for yourself?
I hear all the time that the way to get your name "out there" in research is to publish, publish, publish. That's all well and good in theory, but a) publishing takes a long time for reasons we can't control b) there are so many other things too!
As an Early Career Researcher (ECR), I think sometimes it can be easy to feel a bit like we're drifting..there isn't the end goal of the thesis and defence and security is short-lived with small contracts/grants. Maybe this is also something felt by more senior researchers too? (I don't know..I'm not there yet!)
People often say generic things like "network" or "present" etc. but, how is an important step that is missed in some cases. Are there better places to network? How do you get asked to present/guest talk etc?
What has worked for you to get your name out there, besides getting published? What have you been recommended that actually hasn't really worked for you?