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Why Staying Heads Down Prevents Us From Getting Ahead

Happy new year! Every new year bring us all hope. Our parents, professors, peers, and mentors tell us that this is THE year that all our hard work, countless hours, and efforts will pay off. But didn’t they tell us that last year? And did those efforts pay off then? Or are you still waiting?…

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Why Even A Five Minute Lightning Talk Requires Preparation

Yash Prabhu is an Android developer who leads a team of four at DramaFever – a Warner Bros. company that specializes in streaming international media content. In late 2014, Yash first tried her hand at public speaking, giving a five-minute lightning talk. She thought, “Hey, it’s only five minutes—I can do that!” She quickly realized…

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How An Agile Coach Learned Audiences Don’t Expect Speakers To Be Perfect

Therese Pocrnick is an agile coach providing guidance for around 1,000 people taking part in large-scale agile programs across multiple teams at companies like Aetna and Slalom Consulting. Her role requires that she communicate at some level with all of these 1,000 people. Needless to say, being a confident communicator is a key ability for…

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