Indy.Code() Sessions tagged leadership

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

Being Right is Not Enough

When I entered software development, I was an arrogant jerk. I thought I knew everything and what I didn’t know I would figure out on my own. I was wrong.

I’m also not alone.

How you communicate to the people around you will change everything about how they perceive you. If you fail to understand their point of view, they will reject you – no matter how correct you may be. Feel like your ideas aren’t heard? Can’t understand why no one takes you seriously? Maybe it’s not them; maybe it’s you. In this session, I’ll speak candidly about the journey I took from self-centered to team-centered. We’ll examine how today, more than ever, software creation is a team sport. We’ll look at how teams can set themselves up for success or failure from the outset. Most of all, I’ll provide the tools that I use every day to keep from pushing my teammates away from me.

Speaker

Zach Beer

Zach Beer

Manager of DevOps and Agile Strategy, InRule Technology

Leadership Journey: From Software Developer to Leader

You’ve spent years working on your skills as a software developer. You measure your days by the number of commits you’ve made and look forward to the daily pairing sessions with your team mates. Then, one day, a leadership position opens up on your team and you start thinking about it. Should I or shouldn’t I? What if I go for it and end up hating it or I’m just not that good at it? What if I love it? How will my day change? In this interactive session, we’ll explore “why leadership”, answer some hard questions and talk about one developer’s path from writing code to leading people and the challenges that have been experienced.

Speaker

Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton

Director of Engineering, Matched Pattern