Nebraska.Code() Sessions tagged communication

 Make Public Speaking Your Competitive Advantage

In today's job market being an effective communicator is a critical skill even if you are a developer who just wants to write code all day. Being a confident communicator and public speaker can set you apart from the crowd. Public speaking at the end of the day is all about effectively communicating our ideas to others. We have all been training our whole lives to be better communicators. Not a one of us was born with the ability to talk. Talking is a learn skill, just like public speaking is. Anyone can learn to be a confident communicator with a bit of know-how and some practice.

I will share with you how I went from a shy, introverted software developer who would run away from any kind of public speaking to a professional speaker that sprints towards every speaking opportunity and how you can do it as well. T

You will walk away on the road to becoming a confident public speaker that knows how to give an effective presentation and will be ready to rock your next presentation.

Speaker

Justin James

Justin James

DevOps Evangelist, Intel

Bridging the Gap Between Business and Technical Requirements

Today’s solutions must be built quickly and meet, if not exceed client expectations…the first time. Elicitation, collaboration and understanding requirements in real-time is critical to successful product deliveries. But as technical people we don’t always know how to do this and let’s be real, there’s no silver bullet. In this session Lisa will talk about strategies for understanding requirements so that sound architectural decisioning is made easy. Leveraging industry best practices and asking simple questions can make bridging the gap between business and technical requirements a problem of the past.

Speaker

Lisa Fruhling

Lisa Fruhling

Process Development and Implementation, Previously with Fiserv

Give Feedback Fearlessly: Workshop

For many of us, it’s hard to speak up when we notice our teammates struggling. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or make things awkward. Sometimes it just feels like too much work to organize our thoughts into a coherent message that could help someone who’s falling behind move forward. Even knowing when it’s time to draw attention to a problem can be challenging.

We’ll start the session by covering our bases. When should we address uncomfortable situations at work? How can we keep personal feelings from derailing the conversation? And what happens afterward? Can we evaluate the effectiveness of our feedback? How can we move forward, growing as a team? We’ll answer these questions as we begin to build the skills necessary to provide teammates with specific, actionable feedback.

From there, the remainder of the time will be spent in hands-on role-playing scenarios. Participants will be broken up into small groups and given several scenarios to work through. Each scenario will outline a challenging situation from multiple points of view to help participants further explore the techniques and principles covered in the lecture portion of the session.

Speaker

Aisha Blake

Aisha Blake

Developer, Detroit Labs