Indy.Code() Sessions tagged soft skills

Presentations, Storytelling, and How Not to Suck at it

Learn from UX Associate Ash Banaszek on how to give impactful and interesting technical talks. Ash is consistently rated highly by conference-goers as an informative and entertaining speaker, and is a decorated Toastmaster winning awards at Area and Division levels for humorous, impromptu, tall tales, and international speaking categories. In this talk, Ash will share her tips on organizing presentations, increasing engagement, when to add humor, how to fold a story into your tech talk, and using images effectively. Want to be a better presenter? After this talk you may not be a keynoter, but you definitely will "not suck at it."

Speaker

Ash Banaszek

Ash Banaszek

UX Associate, Union Pacific Railroad

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