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Humanize IT

Humanize IT

By Adam Walter
Bridge the gap between business and technology with Humanize IT — a fun, educational podcast that will keep you relevant, maximize your value and help your clients see you as a trusted partner. In each episode, hosts Adam Walter, Skip Ziegler and other industry experts will show business owners, technology professionals and problem-solvers how to excel their careers with a new, more conversation-based approach to IT!
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161 - Business Data
You can prepare your business better by using data to track trends and understand your customers better. Learn more in this week’s episode!
July 26, 2021
160 - Pyros and IT
What do fire and IT have in common? More than you think! Find out more in this week’s episode.
July 19, 2021
159 - Drinks with IT JUNE
Drinks with IT is our series of episodes where IT professionals guest star on the podcast, we crack open a cold one and let the conversation flow naturally. This week we are joined by two IT professionals from Canada and South Africa!
July 5, 2021
158 - Silicon Prarie
Is the silicon prairie the new place for tech start-ups? Learn why this area is so beneficial to businesses in this week’s episode!
June 28, 2021
157 - Why aren't People going back to work
Is remote work here to stay? Find out in this week’s episode as we dive into this hot topic with IT expert Fred Chagnon.
June 14, 2021
156 - End of Life
Learn how end of life affects the IT world and businesses everywhere.
June 7, 2021
155 - Are Conferences Dead?
In a post-pandemic world, is there any need to meet for conferences to swap vendor swag and learn new info, or have we discovered a better way?
May 31, 2021
154 - Drinks With IT
Introducing Drinks with IT, a new series of episodes where an IT professional guest stars on the podcast, we crack open a cold one and let the conversation flow naturally. This week, we are joined by Bob Mohr!
May 24, 2021
153 - Sales...what sales?
Sales is an important aspect of your business and can make or break any company. Learn how sales affects your business in this week’s episode of Humanize IT!
May 17, 2021
152 - Business Problems of the Past
There are lots of problems in the business world that we used to have that are just not thought about today. We’re going to talk about a few of them in this week’s episode!
May 10, 2021
151 - Problems of the Past
The IT world has changed and that means that the traditional roles of an IT position are no longer simply focused on fixing technological problems. Learn about modern IT practices in this week’s episode of Humanize IT!
May 3, 2021
150 - End of Season One
Season one is wrapping up, and what a year it has been! Hear the wins from the first year of Humanize IT, and learn about upcoming news about our upcoming season.
April 26, 2021
149 - Burnout
Are you experiencing burnout in your IT profession? Learn how to get out of your slump and take care of yourself in this week’s episode of HIT!
April 19, 2021
148 - Nerds of IT
Learn how to find the value of the nerd’s deep diving abilities and incorporate them into your business in this week’s episode of Humanize IT!
April 12, 2021
147 - The Seasons of IT
Learn about important seasons in the IT world and how this knowledge can benefit your business in this week’s episode of Humanize IT!
April 5, 2021
146 - What does tech have to do with profits?
Learn how technology can increase profits with scalability and reaching new markets in the fourth episode of our frequently asked questions series.
March 29, 2021
145 - What is the next big thing?
It’s impossible to truly know what technology will be the next big thing, but you can place your best bet. Learn about what the next best things are in this week’s episode of Humanize IT.
March 22, 2021
144 - Tech Debt
What happens when you don’t spend the appropriate amount of money on technology in your business? The answer is tech debt. Join us for the second episode in our series about frequently asked tech questions.
March 15, 2021
143 - Is technology advancement predictable
What used to be a mad dash to buy the newest and most cutting edge technology is now a more methodical and thought through process, making technology advancements predictable for your business. Check out this very first episode of our new series that dives into the frequently asked questions of the IT world.
March 8, 2021
142 - Use It Or Lose It
In IT, tech moves fast making the “use it or lose it” mentality a big reality. Learn how to ensure your team’s skills are up-to-date and current in this week’s episode.
March 1, 2021
141 Is IT Necessary
Now that everything is being outsourced through the cloud, is an IT professional even necessary? Find out how this position has changed but still remains an important part of business in the fourth episode of our deep dive into the cloud.
February 22, 2021
140 - Is the Cloud Safe
You know how the cloud came to be and how it applies to you today, but you might be asking yourself one major question: Is the cloud safe? Dive into this week’s episode to learn tips and tricks to keeping your data and information safe.
February 15, 2021
139 - Intro to the Cloud: What does this mean today?
Deep dive into the cloud with us and learn how you can save time and energy in order to do things that you truly enjoy in this second episode of our four-part series.
February 8, 2021
138 - Intro to the Cloud: A brief intro
Want to know what the cloud is? Here is the start of our four-part series as we dive into the origins of the cloud and how it came to be.
February 1, 2021
137 - The year of Tech, or network congestion?
Due to a new hybrid system of both in-person and remote work, a new problem called network congestion is on the rise. In this podcast, we try to simplify in business terms what the problem is and how you can deal with it.
January 25, 2021
136 - Best of 2020 Podcasts
2020 was a crazy year for everyone. But, with 35 podcast episodes out, Adam and Skip consider the year a success. They share their favorite and most memorable episodes from last year.
January 18, 2021
135 - Are We There Yet
Sometimes we get so caught up in what the competition is doing, we forget to take a deep, introspective look into our own business efforts. Are you being strategic with how you cater to your desired market? Have you dove deep into their underlying wants and needs? Laurie Fraser returns to share her insight on the final episode of our “Year in Review” series!
January 4, 2021
134 - Ok, I Think I Got This
Laurie Fraser from Doorstep Diner and Country Sliced Ham joins Adam & Skip this episode to talk about the rollercoaster year known as 2020 and how she was able to navigate multiple food businesses through the ups and downs. If you’re someone who has a stake in your local eating scene, this episode is for you!
December 28, 2020
133 - Have You Tried Rebooting?
In the second episode of our “Year in Review'' series, Adam and Skip are pouring another drink to reflect on the few months of 2020 that completely redefined our definition of normal. April, May and June were full of chaos from the pandemic, the protests and the financial uncertainty, but this time allowed us to reevaluate our priorities and come out of the initial madness even stronger than before.
December 21, 2020
132 - The Best Laid Plans
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that January, February and March of this year were even part of this year. The first quarter of 2020 seems like it was decades ago, right? Well, now it’s time to reflect. In the kickoff episode of our four-part “Year in Review” series, Skip and Adam discuss what business was like in the wake of disaster and how we initially reacted — or rather, under-reacted — to the pandemic that would soon change life as we knew it.
December 15, 2020
131 - The HOME Suite
Ditch the dinner table office setup! Your home office deserves your utmost attention. Penny from H.O.M.E. (Home Office Made Easy) joins Adam and Skip this week to discuss how drastically beneficial it is to have an ergonomic office setting.
November 30, 2020
130 - Crystal Ball: 2021 Predictions with Bob Mohr
In the season one finale of Humanize IT, Skip and Adam bring back Bob Mohr, certified digital advisor at Digital Maturity Group, to give us a glimpse through the crystal ball and discuss the future of business and technology in 2021. Will our at-home setups become permanent solutions, or will we all go back to the office once the virus is contained? Bob predicts a combination of the two will occur through a safe, flexible hybrid workspace.
November 23, 2020
129 - There's No Minute Like the Last Minute
Why is it that we always seem to find the most focus when a deadline is right around the corner? This week, Adam and Skip will teach you how to use the last minute to your advantage by thoughtfully planning ahead and ranking your priorities based on importance and urgency.
November 16, 2020
128 - How to Talk to People 101
In business, there seems to be a language barrier among each department, meaning sales lingo and technology jargon won’t translate well when trying to form a productive conversation together. We assume everyone knows what we know, but this is how you create silos. Luckily, there's a foolproof way to talk to people that breaks that language barrier.  In this episode, we cover the best ways to converse in order to come up with professional solutions.
November 9, 2020
127 - Fourth Quarter Madness
For IT professionals, the fourth quarter can best be described as chaotic. Between looming deadlines, end of year budgets and swag from vendors, IT departments everywhere are left scrambling while the rest of the office is Christmas shopping or eating turkey. But, with some careful planning and collaboration, this Fourth Quarter Madness can be avoided. Find out how in this episode of Humanize IT!
November 2, 2020
126 - Smarter, Not Harder
Don’t get caught up in having technology for the sake of technology! Sometimes we believe the most advanced tech solutions available will solve all our problems, when in reality, the human element is what really impresses our customers and clients. In this episode, Adam and Skip expand on their “What Really Matters'' miniseries to discuss how to work smarter — not harder — and avoid over-engineering.
October 26, 2020
125 - Thinking it Through
Learn how to develop practical solutions in technology by having a clear, targeted thought process that puts the business’s needs first. Identify problems within each department, then pinpoint the exact technology required to fix them. As an IT professional, you must decide if the effort is worth the reward!
October 19, 2020
124 - What Really Matters
It isn't the big, technical projects that change your perceived value, but instead the little ones that benefit others. How can you identify which employees you should prioritize, then balance your everyday IT operations with serving the right people at the right time?
October 12, 2020
123 - Analyzing Human Behavior in Your Favor
By reading the room and thinking of every business situation like a game of “finding the other person’s win”, you can discover the root of your coworkers’, clients’ and colleagues’ behavior in order to treat them how they want to be treated and, in turn, influence outcomes in your favor.
October 5, 2020
122 - Relatability From Failure To Funny
Find the funny in your failures. Own them and learn.
September 28, 2020
121 - Acceptance vs Agreement: Yes...And
Changing the narrative among you, your clients and your team comes down to changing one simple word. Find out the big mistake you've been making and discover simple ways to find acceptance and agreement through a three-step process in the second episode of our Improvised Intelligence series with improv guru Gina Trimarco! 
September 21, 2020
120 - Improvised Intelligence
Being a great teammate is more than working hard, it is about making your team members look and feel great.  In this uplifting episode series we talk with Gina Trimarco from Pivot10 about how to change how you communicate with your team for the better.
September 14, 2020
119 - Social Acceptance of Computer Guys
As time and technology have evolved, so has our cultural perception of what’s nerdy and what’s not. It used to be that if you loved Marvel and had all the gadgets, you were a nerd. Now, if you haven't seen the movies or don’t have the iPhone 11XR, the Amazon Echo, the AirPods — you’re the uncool one.  So, what’s changed? The answer is technology. In this lighthearted episode, we dive into how culture has shifted into a safe space for self-proclaimed geeks of all kinds to express themselves and their interests.
September 7, 2020
118 - Lessons Learned
Lessons learned is a fantastic tool for companies today. Despite some audio problems we had during this episode we talked through some amazing points that every business needs to hear.
August 31, 2020
117 - When Did Technology Lose Focus
It used to be that technology was brought into a company to solve its business problems. Then, at some point, technology became about speed and assets rather than support.  When did this change happen, and how can you stay focused when ensuring your tech is serving a greater purpose?
August 24, 2020
116 - Tales from Around the World South Africa: Part II
After creating quite a stir with our first “Tales from Around the World: South Africa" episode, we’re back with a part two to expand upon some of the stories, questions and opinions you shared with us on social media. Also returning is our guest Richard Bauer, an engineer from Cape Town, who updates us on the country's current situation regarding business, technology and life in general.
August 10, 2020
115 - The Scrap Pile
Every technical person has a scrap pile. It may be kept in a box in the basement, or it may be a storage closet at your place of business. Wherever it is, it keeps your company running. However, sometimes this scrap pile can get out of date and needs to be managed so the right parts are available in emergencies. In this funny episode, we talk through the pros and cons of this quirk of all IT personnel and things your business can do to help them out.
August 3, 2020
114 - Somebody Elses Problem
When we work together to solve problems, we come up with innovative ideas far beyond what we could have achieved in our own, isolated silos. In this insightful episode, we talk about how we have crossed IT and business boundaries to build solutions that have changed how companies do business.
July 27, 2020
113 - Scale or Fail
"Death by Scaling" has been one of our most popular podcasts, so we thought we would follow up with another episode about scaling your business properly with traction coach John Fulwider from Gear 80. Learn the best ways to maintain growth and track your process with the help of experts. 
July 20, 2020
112 - The Unseen Worker
Every business has workers who keep things moving behind the scenes. From accountants to engineers, these folks work day in and day out to support your company. The less you hear about them, the better they're doing their job. In this episode, we talk about the unseen worker and how to be more aware and appreciative of their efforts.
July 13, 2020
111 - Tales From Around the World: Wrap-Up
To wrap up our Tales from Around the World podcast series, we’re recapping the highlights from each country — South Africa, Australia, Canada and Sweden — and sharing our biggest takeaways. We hope you learned a lot and were enlightened by this fun, educational series! Thanks for tuning in.
July 6, 2020
110 - Tales From Around the World: Sweden
Welcome to the fourth and final episode of Humanize IT: Tales from Around the World! In this episode Josef Nord from Stockholm, Sweden, owner of an MSP called ByBrick, talks about Sweden’s “self-accountability” approach to the pandemic and discusses how business has evolved the past few months. For him, it was all about teaching his clients to better utilize the technology they were already familiar with and finding ways to engage with them digitally.
June 29, 2020
109 - Tales From Around the World: Ontario
In part 3 of our Tales from Around the World series, we gain valuable insights from Penny Belluz in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Learn about her city’s reopening process and get useful cybersecurity tips on how to avoid hackers and stay safe on your home network! Plus, we discuss the future of business as well as positive takeaways from the pandemic in Canada.
June 22, 2020
108 - Tales From Around the World: Australia
Welcome back to Tales from Around the World! In the second episode of our technology podcast series, we chat with business owner Kevin Spanner from Sydney, Australia. Learn what measures Australia has taken to handle COVID-19 so well, discover the pros and cons of permanently working from home, and reflect on some of the positive outcomes of the pandemic that have changed our world for the better.
June 15, 2020
107 - Tales From Around the World: South Africa
In this episode, we kick off our "Tales From Around the World" series.  This first episode features Richard Bauer, an engineer from South Africa's own Cape Town.  We hear about how they are being affected and some of the positive items they are seeing. From homemade pineapple beer to remote work strategies, we cover it all.
June 8, 2020
106 - Not Another Tool
Tools allow us to either fix things more quickly or, if used incorrectly, break things in epic new ways. Bob Mohr joins us for a lively conversation regarding all the tools we amass over time.  Whether you're a plumber or a technician, we all have tools we trust, and there are always new tools emerging that we must adapt to and integrate along the way. 
June 1, 2020
105 - Distributed Workforce
As a business owner, you may be left wondering how to stay productive when your staff is working in different environments.  This episode will help you manage a distributed workforce. And, don't miss our most hilarious Fail of the Week yet!
May 25, 2020
104 - Fallout!
In this episode, we dive in and discuss the effects of disaster recovery and business continuity facing us today. With our current COVID situation, this is a particularly poignant topic, We'll help you overcome and adapt to changes so you can thrive during this time. 
May 18, 2020
103 - Death by Scaling
In this hard-hitting episode, we talk through how you can ruin a perfectly good idea by not being prepared and give you strategies to avoid this situation. 
May 11, 2020
102 - It's a Trap! How to Avoid Client Miscommunication
As a professional, it's your responsibility to not only deliver value, but communicate it, as well. If you don't take charge of your communication channels, you'll likely walk into a trap where you and your clients have differing expectations of each other. This podcast will help you ensure everyone is on the same page. 
April 29, 2020
101 - Problems of the Past
As business professionals, we often get so caught up in the latest and greatest technology that we forget how far we've come. In this entertaining blast-from-the-past episode, we talk about problems from a bygone era — the days of countless floppy disks and crazy hardware. No matter how advanced technology gets, it's always good to remember where we started.  
April 29, 2020