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The Illinois Java User’s Group ( CLICK -> Chicago (http://Chicago.IllinoisJUG.org), Northwest (http://Northwest.IllinoisJUG.org), Central (http://Central.IllinoisJUG.org) and Virtual (http://virtual.illinoisjug.org/) Regions) are here to help you learn Java and Java related technology that can help you in your job today, we are NOT interested in advertisements for products or services disguised as presentations.

LUNCH (WEBCAST) MEETINGS: Please join ( http://virtual.illinoisjug.org/ ).

NIGHT MEETINGS: Meetings will be held 2nd Tuesday of Month and as the Meeting Director determines best. These meetings will NOT be webcast, they will be infrequently recorded and uploaded to Vimeo use link videos.illinoisJUG.org (http://video.illinoisJUG.org).

We prefer non-sponsor recruiters not attend our meetings. However, in order to get free meeting space, food, and drinks We may allow a sponsor to talk 2 minutes about there company. We do this also to help you build your peer and professional networks to learn more about the local Java market.

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The Influential Engineer, and The Art of the Impossible by Michael Carducci

1: The Influential Engineer Abstract: As technology professionals we are frequently frustrated by positive initiatives that are quickly shut down by management, or rejected by peers. The skills necessary to overcome these obstacles are rarely taught but are absolutely critical to our success as developers. Whether you want to effect culture change in your organization, lead the transition toward a new technology, or are simply asking for better tools; you must first understand that having a “good idea” is just the beginning. How can you dramatically increase your odds of success? You will learn 12 concrete strategies to build consensus within your team as well as 6 technique to dramatically increase the odds that the other person will say “Yes” to your requests. As a professional mentalist, Michael has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades. There are universal principles of influence that necessary to both understand and leverage if you want to be more effective leader of change in your organization. In this session we discuss strategies for getting your team on board as well as when/how to approach management within the department and also higher-up in the organization. 2. The Art of the Impossible Abstract: The Art of the Impossible - Video Preview We all have an innate sense of what's possible. Not only is this how magicians fool you, but it might also be what's holding you back. In this session Michael Carducci shares how he applied lessons learned in his career as a professional magician to his “day-job” as a software engineer. Magicians have a simple process for creating new material; think of the most impossible thing you can imagine, the engineer a way to make it possible. Michael has been engineering solutions to “impossible” problems for nearly 20 years and this has given him a unique perspective on dealing with challenges in all aspects of his life. This talk combines illusion, anecdotes and real-world examples to help identify and overcome your mental obstacles. Bio: For nearly 20 years, Michael was a software engineer moonlighting as a magician. Now he's a magician moonlighting as a software engineer. In both endeavors he has dedicated himself to mastery and has gained deep insights both from his eclectic interests, entrepreneurial spirit, and experience that spans the full stack, the entire project lifecycle, and several technologies. His background and breadth of skills has yielded many unique insights that he will share with you. His time is equally divided between performing around the world, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, and building software that doesn't suck.

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