5:30pm - Pizza and Networking. Pizza and soft drinks provided by Aurora Pangallo of TEKsystems. Beer and water provided by Abbey Overlee of PeerSource. $5 Starbucks cards to 10 first-timers provided by Marissa Nolan of Experis.
6:00pm - Announcements
6:05pm Yes, Even Techies Can Become Effective Communicators! - Dan Day
At a recent technical conference, Mark Richards, a leading software architect and frequent conference speaker, was asked what non-software related advice he would give. He said we needed to pay attention to our soft skills because they are responsible for over 50% of our success. It doesn’t matter what we do for a living— we need strong communication skills in order to become most effective in our roles, and even in our personal lives.
Research has proven we all have a preferred style of communicating. This "Social Style" is developed in our teens and stays with us throughout our lives and careers. Gaining an awareness of your own behavioral strengths and weaknesses is key to understanding how to become a better communicator and collaborator.
Did you know that over 50% of us think we behave differently than we actually do? This causes an adverse effect on how we communicate with others. Once we understand that our self-perception is historically inaccurate and others see our behaviors differently than we intend them (ever hear your voice in a recording and say, “that’s me?”) we can begin to modify our behaviors to make a stronger impact on those around us.
This presentation will help you understand your preferred communication style. More importantly, you’ll learn about the art of Versatility, our ability to temporarily alter our communication style to fit particular situations and interactions. It’s the critical component when it comes effective interpersonal communications.
This dynamic, informative presentation will have an immediate impact on how you see yourself working with others—and how they might see you. You’ll learn a few simple techniques to help you more effectively influence those around you.
Dan Day helps people and organizations improve productivity and leadership through heightened interpersonal skills. He helps audiences understand how social intelligence leads to higher performance as people become better communicators.
Dan was on the BI Worldwide executive team when it achieved the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for organizational performance excellence, presented by the President of the U.S. He is the author of Brandtender Marketing:
True Customer Engagement From the Inside Out and Engage Your Valued Customers, as well as numerous articles for national publications.
A recognized author, leader and communication expert, Dan is a past board member of the National Speakers Association, a Certified Competent Toastmaster and has presented to thousands at universities, associations and businesses— always in an entertaining, down-to-earth style.
7:30pm - JetBrains license giveaway.