Working with Experts & Specialists

Join us at the February meetup for a presentation by Amanda Costello on working with experts & specialists.

If the event is full, please sign up for the wait list! Spots often open up as the event draws near.

6:00-6:30 - Mingle, chat, drink beer, mingle, chat 
6:30-6:45 - Introductions 
6:45-7:30 - Presentation & Discussion: Content Strategy with Amanda Costello
7:30-8:00 - Mingle again!

Clockwork is generously providing space, snacks, and beer for our meetup. Thanks, Clockwork!

Presentation: I Don't Have Your Ph.D: Working with Experts and Specialists
Every field has its own form of content specialist—faculty in higher education, surgeons in hospitals, and curators in museums. As the project manager, you may not have the same level of specialty knowledge, but you still have to work with these folks! How do you make sense of and promote this expert knowledge if you have no background in that subject area, let alone an advanced degree?

This session will draw from Amanda’s experience as a content strategist and project manager at the University of Minnesota, one of the country’s largest research institutions. Here you’ll find advice for establishing rapport and getting your work done:

  • Hear how to build an expert’s trust in your knowledge and skills.
  • Get tips for working with difficult specialist personalities, from the complete technophobe to the extreme early adopter.
  • Learn how to channel your specialist’s expertise into great content.
  • Share your own questions, triumphs, and war stories.

Amanda Costello is the lead content strategist in the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and the director of MinneWebCon, a grassroots knowledge-sharing web conference in Minnesota. She has worked for the University in various departments since 2002, and joined CEHD in 2007. A former English teacher in Japan, she values clear communication and having a plan (plus a couple of back-ups).

Amanda is an award-winning speaker on working with content specialists and the web, content strategy, building web teams, and sharing ideas to do good work. She enjoys filling out forms because it feels like taking a test where she knows all the answers.

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  • Reid P.

    The last meetup was really wonderful. Amanda was a delightful speaker had some great insight to share. If the last one was any indication, I'm really looking forward to this meetup group.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Carly F.

    I loved the presentation! The only reason that I gave it 3 out of 5 was that I could not relate.

    March 3, 2014

  • Stephanie T.

    Bummed I can no longer make it, hope to make it to the next one!

    February 25, 2014

    • Meghan W.

      You were missed, Stephanie - but hope to see you in April.

      February 28, 2014

  • Janice (Jan) V.

    Sorry to cancel so late. I am not feeling well and need to head home soon. I hope to see you all next time.

    February 26, 2014

    • Meghan W.

      Sorry you weren't feeling well, Jan. We missed your smiling face. Hope to see you in April.

      1 · February 28, 2014

  • Elena O.

    Sorry for the short notice. Sorry to miss it!

    February 26, 2014

    • Meghan W.

      We missed you, Elena! Hope to see you in April.

      February 28, 2014

  • Jim J.

    Amanda was fantastic, I love her style and the depth of her message.

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • Amanda C.

    Thanks everyone for coming and I'm glad you enjoyed my talk! Slides are here - they're from a more higher-ed-centered version of the talk, so they're not exACTly the same, but all the monster truck photos are still there.

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • Kelly C.

    Amanda nailed it- such a fun and informative presentation. I had a great first meetup experience!

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • Afshin P

    Excellent job Amanda. Entertaining and informative.

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • LeslieShields

    Amanda was awesome!

    2 · February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be there was recently laid off, so I'm in the hunt for a position. If anyone hears of a position please let me know.

    February 24, 2014

    • Meghan W.

      AJ, sorry to hear you were laid off! Hope to see you at a future meetup.

      1 · February 24, 2014

  • Meghan W.

    A few notes about Wednesday:

    We'll have beer and soda, along with some light food (probably sandwiches and chips?).

    he entrance to Clockwork is on 15th Ave SE (not on Hennepin Ave) - you can park in the lot off 15th, or in the lot behind our building. If those are full and you don't want to risk street parking, there is another lot near the 4-story building behind us. You are free to park there as well!

    Look forward to seeing you all!

    February 24, 2014

  • Carly F.

    I'm on the wait list, but I'd like to suggest a possible topic of "post mortems" or project de-brief or learnings meeting for the project team. The agendas that work, and staying on task without it turning into a battle session. Any takers? Also, if you happen to have a great format, agenda or outline that works well for these types of discussions, please share or send to me at [masked]

    3 · December 13, 2013

    • Meghan W.

      Carly - I love this idea! I'll try to do a meetup on this topic soon.

      1 · January 20, 2014

  • Al S.

    February 26th? Anything closer to late November?

    November 19, 2013

    • Meghan W.

      There is a meeting in December - it says it's full, but spots often open up as the event draws closer, so I'd encourage you to sign up for the Wait List!­

      November 19, 2013

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