Speaker Spotlight # 25

Speaker Spotlight # 25

We have Great speakers coming this year to our conference. Here is a spotlight on one of them.

Sharon Steed is the director of business development and marketing for speech IRL, a speech therapy practice delivering communication therapy and training. She is a life-long stutterer that speaks about fear and vulnerability at the intersection of marketing, communication, business and tech. She has spoken to universities about stuttering, at Ignite Chicago about patience, Madison+ Ruby about branding and to a host of other audiences.

Sharon will be speaking on: How to talk to humans: a different approach to soft skills

Developers are trained to communicate to things with a goal in mind. When you’re talking to something like, say a computer, you type in your code and it responds by giving you back what you want. Nine times out of ten, it works perfectly. Why, then, is it so difficult to do this same thing when talking to a client about a project, updating a superior on your progress, or pitching an investor your million-dollar idea? Because talking to people requires a special set of skills – namely, empathy and a little bit of storytelling. In an industry filled with brilliant minds, great ideas and mass disruption, so few of the best and brightest know how to tell their compelling story. The takeaways from this talk will be learning how to value the listener, improved social connection and becoming a master at building a relationship quickly and effectively.

 

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