Pursuing a career in tech? Ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”

Poornima Vijayashanker I was recently invited to speak on a panel at LA Techweek along with Susan Paley and Laura Goldberg moderated by Kim Lachance-Shandrow. One of my favorite quotes from the panel was from Laura Goldberg. I think it set the stage really well for the topics and strategies we covered such as: Why knowing how to code isn't enough Transitioning into tech from other industries  How technology has given us a lot of freedom and flexibility in our careers How technology has given women a voice How right ... Read more

What do I talk about?

By Poornima Vijayashanker I received a wonderful set of responses from readers like you last week on my post your presentation won’t please everyone. Thank you for sharing and teaching me! Many of you seem to be comfortable getting up and presenting to an audience, large or small, and being OK with a mixed audience. However, there were a number of folks who reached out and told me that they hadn’t given a presentation because they felt like they didn’t have any particular ... Read more

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Preparing a Presentation

By Poornima Vijayashanker This week one of my primary goals was to create an outline for my upcoming TEDx talk: Taking the Time to Tinker. The talk isn’t until May 10th, but the folks at TED take these talks very seriously and believe in early preparation! My coordinator, Gail, scheduled a call with my for Friday morning at 10am. During the week, I had a lot of work I had to focus: I had to present at a Femgineer Forum, teach my Lean ... Read more

Learning How to Communicate Compassionately and Confidently Takes Time

By Poornima Vijayashanker People reach out to me and tell me that they'd LOVE to improve their speaking style but they just don’t have time… Let’s tackle time. I’ve had a couple jobs where I’ve dreaded having 1-1s with my boss. I’d walk in, they’d ask me to sit down, then they’d start talking… Next thing I knew, 30 minutes was gone, and they would have been talking the whole time, while I proceeded to politely nod my head. They’d tell me things I ... Read more

Become a Confident Communicator

By Poornima Vijayashanker I was by no means a social butterfly as a kid. I didn’t fear approaching people one-on-one, but in group settings I was pretty shy and kept quiet. In fact one of the reasons I joined debate in middle school and high school was because I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, and figured I needed to learn how to overcome my fear of speaking in public! Toward the end of my debate career in high school I had ... Read more

Femgineers Build Street Cred

Last Tuesday, Femgineer hosted its last forum of the year at Wealthfront. The forum proved to be our most attended with over 60 people in the audience. WealthFront did a great job welcoming the community of Femgineers! Femgineers were greeted with an interactive registration display that showed their names all throughout the wall’s television monitors and displayed live tweets about the event throughout the evening. Besides the food and festive networking, many got a glimpse at Wealthfront and their company culture. Team ... Read more

How to Start Getting Speaking Engagements

I know many people are afraid of public speaking, I was too!  It just so happened that I managed to get rid of it once and for all after doing it for 18 years :)  (I started doing oratory and debate when I was 12.) If you've looked at my speaker page it's clear that I speak a lot!  So it's natural that I get asked the question, "How did you get started getting speaking engagements?"  I'm assuming that if you're asking ... Read more

Presentation Skillz: Handling Audio and Video

Keeping an audience captivated is the number 1 goal of any presenter.  The content of your presentation takes a backseat to being captivating; no one is going to pay attention to what you are saying if you aren't interesting and engaging!  Being engaging requires energy and enthusiasm, which is easier to do in person because people absorb it through your body language and facial expressions.  But so many presentations today are done across a variety of technology mediums that it become ... Read more

Presentation Skillz

Many people have recently asked me for advice on presentation skills because I've had a number of speaking engagements so I figured I'd share some of my so-called skillz. I'll do a series of posts because the knowledge I have spans 16 years, and I want to give people the full spectrum. The rules of software product creation apply to presentations, the main goal of a presenter is to keep people engaged and coming back for more!  Sure there's an element of information ... Read more

I Don’t Know to CEO: Transforming Passion in Action

On Saturday May 1, 2010, I will speaking on a panel entitled: "Taking Flight - Launching a Belief into a Brand" at the I Don't Know to CEO: Transforming Passion into Action conference at the Annenburg Auditorium at Stanford University. Read more
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