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 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

Facilitation for all

A decision needs made and it's now up to you to get there. Who needs invited, what's the outcome, and how do you get there? The great thing about self-organizing teams is that they can handle events without waiting for someone else. At some point in time you will need to facilitate a meeting. Being an effective facilitator will ensure meetings are fun, productive, and respectful of everyone's time. Jess will lead you through facilitation techniques and tricks to make sure you not only have the right people in the room, but you get to your desired outcome in an efficient manner. We will look at techniques that include time boxing and utilizing a parking lot.

Speaker

Jess Osborn

Jess Osborn

Business Analyst, Arbor Day Foundation

Overcoming Your Fear of Failure

Have you ever been too afraid to try for an opportunity because you feared that you wouldn’t get it? In this talk, you’ll learn more about some of the causes of fear of failure, along with clear strategies that you can use to overcome it and advance within your tech career.

Fear of failure is very common, especially among women who are underrepresented in tech. You should attend this session if you’d like to learn how to develop more confidence, build a strong support network, and avoid the pitfalls of perfectionism and procrastination. We’ll use relevant examples from TV and pop culture to illustrate how you can overcome your fear or failure and further develop your potential as a tech leader.

Speaker

Olivia Liddell

Olivia Liddell

Learning Technologist, Wiley

Becoming an Effective Mentor

Have you ever thought about becoming a mentor but didn’t know how to get started? Mentoring is a valuable tool for professional development that can result in positive outcomes for both the mentor and the mentee.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify the specific skills and strengths that you could potentially offer as a mentor.

  • Strategies for how to build formal and informal mentoring relationships in the workplace.

  • Best practices for communication in mentoring, including how to give constructive feedback and understanding the importance of of active listening.

  • Strategies for overcoming common fears that might be preventing you from wanting to become a mentor. If you’ve ever considered becoming a mentor but felt that you didn’t have enough time, that you’re too much of a beginner yourself, or even that your communication skills might be holding you back, this session is for you.

Speaker

Olivia Liddell

Olivia Liddell

Learning Technologist, Wiley

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