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Sometimes, we want to just be listened to. Sometimes, we want to actually solve our problems. This meetup deals with the skill of helping others do the latter (though you can apply it to yourself too).
You will gain an overview of the different subskills involved in being a good problem-solving partner. You are encouraged to then focus on one subskill and practice it with a partner. Ideally, you leave this meetup having not only learned about problem-solving, but having actually made progress on one or more of your own problems as well!
13:00 - 13:30 Arrival
13:30 - 15:00 Debugging intro & practice (roughly 50:50)
15:00 - 17:00 Social and/or more optional practice
Please spend at least 5 minutes (tip: set a timer) brainstorming problems that you're comfortable talking about in the practice part of the meetup. They need to be things you are comfortable discussing with another person. These prompts may be helpful to you:
- Think back to your last day/week/month. What sources of frustration, anger, sadness, confusion, ... were there?
- Say to yourself: "My life is going great!" and check if there is internal protest. Note what counterexamples come up.