Indy.Code() Sessions tagged communication

How to Talk Like an Engineer: Communication as You Move Up the Ladder

It is often said that the hardest problem to solve is when two people are talking about different things but believe they are talking about the same thing. As you grow in your engineering career being able communicate about problems effectively is perhaps your single most important skill. This talk exists to distill the breadth of engineering verticals into a quick hit of common vocabulary.

Speaker

Laurie Barth

Laurie Barth

Software Engineer, Ten Mile Square

Think Like a Trainer: Strategies for Improving Your Communication Skills

Think back to a time when you were in a conversation that could have gone better. Perhaps you said something the wrong way, or you walked away from the conversation not fully knowing if the other person even understood what you were trying to convey.

Technical trainers rely on effective communication as the foundation of everything that we do. We help end users to learn how to use software and adjust to new workflows, through the process of constantly adapting to different backgrounds, skill levels, and learning styles.

In this session, you’ll learn actionable strategies to begin thinking like a trainer, including:

  • Using active listening techniques to communicate with empathy.
  • Best practices for explaining technical concepts in non-technical terms.
  • Adjusting your communication approach for different communication styles.
  • Using problem solving skills to help you get unstuck during difficult conversations.

Speaker

Olivia Liddell

Olivia Liddell

Cloud Training Specialist, Cloudbakers

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

Cloud Training Specialist, Cloudbakers