I was honored to be asked to speak at Mix-IT 2014. The conference is very well run, with 500 attendees, 50 speakers, 2 languages, a mix of technical and non-technical topics, and a format accommodating both talks and workshops. Best of all, it’s very inexpensive @ $50 Euros so there is no reason working folks with stingy bosses cannot attend.
I submitted a couple ideas and they chose my newest talk, Consulting Secrets. As I described it verbally during the run-up to the talk, it’s about hacking yourself and your conversation so you can be more effective. I have only presented this a few times and I was challenged by the shorter time-frame and the potential language barriers. In the end, I was delighted with the turn-out and the response to my talk. It went better than I ever anticipated!
For those who are looking for the slides, or Ángel Medinilla‘s outstanding visual summary, look no further.
From the conference material:
Sometimes it’s not just about code. It’s about understanding, sharing, communication, and leverage.
Unfortunately, the skills to work well with others–from stakeholders, to users, to team mates–isn’t taught in school. It’s not taught most anyplace.
This interactive talk will give participants the chance to practice stances and communication techniques that will immediately impact their effectiveness.
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how consultants use the skills of business analysts and scrum masters to influence the opinions and actions of people around them. Come and learn practical “soft skill” tips for making an impact on your project, team members, stakeholders, and executives.
Ideas for now:
* How your body language influences you and others.
* How to use language so others will listen and care your message.