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Teach the Geek Podcast

Teach the Geek Podcast

By Neil Thompson
In STEM? Struggle with public speaking? Then you're in the right place! Get tips to improve your public speaking, and also hear from other STEM professionals who saw the benefit of public speaking in their careers and the steps they took to get better at it.
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EP. 162 - Forensic Scientist turned Speaker Ciaran Phillip
Forensic Scientist turned Speaker Ciaran Phillip Ciaran Phillip is a forensic scientist who does science communication. How many of those types of people are walking around?  We chatted about his motivation to become a forensic scientist, the genesis of Sure Science Consulting, his science communication business, and his work with the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum.  Want to learn more about Ciaran? Hit him up on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/cfphillip/ ______________ In STEM?  Want ongoing support in your public speaking?  Join the Teach the Geek to Speak Society teachthegeek.com/teach-the-geek-to-speak-society ______________ Teach the Geek teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
24:43
July 21, 2021
EP. 161 - Ashley Kirkwood: attorney and speaker coach
Ashley Kirkwood - attorney and speaker coach Ashley Kirkwood is a lot of things. Attorney. Podcaster. Speaker. I wouldn’t be surprised if she adds a few other things when it’s all said and done. An entrepreneur herself, she works with speakers and entrepreneurs to land speaking contracts and licensing deals. I’m interested to learn more about her journey in entrepreneurship, and the results she get her clients. _________________ In STEM? Want ongoing support in your public speaking journey? Join the Teach the Geek to Speak Society today! teachthegeek.com/teach-the-geek-to-speak-society _________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
23:50
July 14, 2021
EP. 160 - Let me tell you about the Society...
I created a public speaking course geared towards STEM professionals. A one-off course wasn't enough, though.  I developed the Teach the Geek to Speak Society, a monthly membership, to offer ongoing support instead.  With the membership, in addition to the course, you get: *access to an online community *monthly group calls To learn more about the Society, please visit teachthegeek.com/teach-the-geek-to-speak-society _____________________ On Clubhouse? Free Mondays at 5 pm Pacific Time? Check out the Teach the Geek to Speak club! Get public speaking related questions answered. If you're brave, answer a question to practice answering questions off the cuff.  _____________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
05:55
July 7, 2021
EP. 159 - STEM Educator Dr. Natalie Coleman talks about the military, being "hip", and public speaking
Dr. Natalie Coleman - public speaking for those in STEM STEM educator Dr. Natalie Coleman has lived quite the life, and I’m sure there’s more in store. Combat veteran. Adjunct professor. County board member. I think she walks old ladies across the street in her spare time too. She’s also the founder of After the Peanut, an organization that provides professional development, curriculum, tutoring and engaging STEM programs for educators and students. We chatted about her past life in the military (national guard specifically), the evolution of After the Peanut, the development of her presentation skills, and whether she is "hip." ________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_  (IG, TikTok) ________________ In STEM? Struggle with public speaking? Check out the Teach the Geek to Speak membership teachthegeek.com/teach-the-geek-to-speak-society
31:46
June 30, 2021
EP. 158 - Damn filler words...
"You know" "So..." "Umm..." Damn those filler words that occupy your conversational speech. Should you try to eliminate them when giving presentations? Tune in to this short episode to find out! ________________ In STEM? Struggle with your public speaking? Join Teach the Geek to Speak Society today! Get access to the public speaking course, Teach the Geek to Speak, a private Facebook group, and monthly calls.  Check out teachthgeek.com/teach-the-geek-to-speak-society to learn more.
04:13
June 23, 2021
EP. 157 - Edidiong Obot - From Chemistry to Community Advocacy
Edidiong Obot may have a background in chemistry, but she didn’t stay there. Podcaster. Host. Show producer. Speaker. Community advocate. Edidiong is a woman of many talents. I’m interested to learn more about her varied interests, and how public speaking has benefited her endeavors.  Learn more about Edidiong at https://www.instagram.com/e_chrys ________________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthgeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
35:15
June 9, 2021
EP. 156 - Career Skills for Engineers with Mark Herschberg
Career Skills for Engineers with Mark Herschberg Mark Herschberg serves as a fractional CTO. He is also author of the book, “The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You.” I’m curious to learn more about his progression to CTO, the motivation for his book, and the ways in which public speaking has benefited his work life.  Want to learn more about Mark's book? Check out https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/ _________________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
25:10
June 2, 2021
EP. 155 - Sam Alleva, aerospace engineering to technical writing
Sam Alleva started out in aerospace engineering, working for several companies before deciding to strike out on her own as a technical writer. I was interested to learn more about her decision to start her own business, why she chose technical writing, and what her future plans for her company is. To learn more about Sam, check out https://www.evergreen-ink.com/ _____________________ Download the Excuse Assessment tool to prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM _____________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
24:51
May 26, 2021
EP. 154 - Matthew Dick, engineering manager and science fiction writer
Engineering manager and science fiction writer Matthew Dick.  Matthew Dick is an engineering manager in the transportation technology industry. He’s also a science fiction fan, so much so that he eventually wrote his own sci-fi book, Seed: A Hard Science Fiction Novel.  Learn more about his engineering journey, the motivation to write his book, and public speaking, of course.  Check out Matthew's book at https://www.matthewgdick.com/. __________________________ Get Excuse Assessment tool to prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM __________________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter, FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
28:39
May 19, 2021
EP. 153 - From programmer to professional speaker, Pam Leinmiller shares her story
Programmer to professional speaker - Pam Leinmiller Pam is founder of Vertical Vision Inc., a training and coaching in technical industries. She helps those in the tech fields hone their communication and leadership skills. She started out as a programmer, but ended up somewhere completely different. We spoke about her motivation to get into her current work, and her beginnings with public speaking. Learn more about Pam at https://pamleinmiller.com/ __________________________ Get Excuse Assessment tool to prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM __________________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter, FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
29:08
May 12, 2021
EP. 152 - Master communication skills with engineer turned speaker and author Debra Fine
Master communication skills with engineer turned speaker and author Debra Fine Once an engineer, Debra Fine now works with Fortune 500 companies, professional groups, and universities, offering public speaking tips for business events and client meetings. We chatted about her transition from engineer to speaker, the motivation for writing her books, and how she came to speak about small talk, something a lot of those in engineering, science, and tech avoid! _______________________ Download the Excuse Assessment tool - prioritize solutions based on severity of solution DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM _______________________ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
31:24
May 5, 2021
EP. 151 - Professor of the supply chain, Dr. Justin Goldston
TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers Dr. Justin Goldston. He is a professor of supply chain management. He has organized TED conferences, spoken at them and is also author of the book, Critical Success Factors in Enterprise Resource Planning Implementation in U.S. Manufacturing. We chatted about his path to professorship, his interest in TED, and his book. TEACH THE GEEK  teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok) Got excuses? Get the Excuse Assessment tool - prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM
29:30
April 28, 2021
EP. 150 - Jeff Perry coaches engineers to success
TEACH THE GEEK -  public speaking for engineers Jeff Perry is a coach for engineers and software professionals. He’s also host of the Engineering Career Coach podcast. We spoke about what brought him to coaching, the work he did before he became a coach, and what he hope people get from his podcast.  Check out the Engineering Career Coach podcast at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR_jPfME-b_URruA1w9d0cH0oqsgI9TN9 TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok) DOWNLOAD the Excuse Assessment Tool at download.teachthegeek.com Prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse
29:08
April 21, 2021
EP. 149 - Noelle Silver, a woman of AI - Public speaking for engineers
TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers Noelle Silver is the founder of Womenin.AI and AI Leadership Institute. She’s also the head of instruction, data science, analytics, and full stack web development at HackerU. How did she get into AI? Why did she found those organizations and what can people get from them? How does public speaking figure into it all? I had questions, and Noelle had answers. Learn more about Noelle at https://noellesilver.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
29:12
April 14, 2021
EP. 148 Piloting the speaker circuit with William "T" Thompson
William “T” Thompson (no relation has lived an interesting life. He has an Air Force pilot, a civilian pilot and an attorney. He graduated with an Engineering degree from the Air Force Academy, but ended up attending law school and working as an attorney. He’s also a board member of the National Speakers Association. We spoke about why he decided to go to law school after getting an Engineering degree, his work with Delta Airlines, and the various other boards he has served on.  Learn more about T at https://www.captaintspeaks.com/ TEACH THE GEEK - PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok) DOWNLOAD THE EXCUSE ASSESSMENT TOOL Prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse download.teachthegeek.com
31:42
April 7, 2021
EP. 147 Demishia Samuels - Industrial Engineering to Income Strategist
Demishia Samuels is an income strategist and business coach, as well as host of the Corporate Hustle podcast. Seems like a far way away from an Industrial engineering degree. We chatted about how she got to where she is and how public speaking figures into it all.  To learn more about Demishia, check out http://corporatehustleu.com/. TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Tiktok) Download the EXCUSE ASSESSMENT tool - prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM
24:25
March 31, 2021
EP. 146 - Dr. Grace Lee, how did you go from science to speaker?
Dr. Grace Lee is the founder of Mastery Insights, and is also a podcaster and YouTuber. Her career path is quite interesting, as she got a PhD and did something I’m not sure most PhDs do. We chatted about whether that was the plan all along.   Learn more about Dr. Lee at https://www.masteryinsights.com/ TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok) Get the EXCUSE ASSESSMENT tool - prioritize solutions based on severity of excuses at DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM
28:54
March 24, 2021
EP. 145 - Shannon Bumgarner, advocate for women in STEM
Shannon Bumgarner is an expert in supply chain and lean manufacturing. She’s also the new host of the Empowering Women podcast and a fervent advocate for women in STEM. We chatted about what supply chain and lean manufacturing entails, how she came to be the host of the podcast, and how she works to get more women in STEM.  TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Twitter) DOWNLOAD THE EXCUSE ASSESSMENT TOOL - prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM
25:58
March 17, 2021
EP. 144 - Callie Carpenter, design engineer in the medical device industry
Callie Carpenter is a design engineer in the medical device industry. We spoke about her current position, the way in public speaking has benefited her, and any tips she can provide.  TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok) DOWNLOAD THE EXCUSE ASSESSMENT TOOL - prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse download.teachthegeek.com
27:52
March 10, 2021
EP. 143 - Jossie Haines, product engineer extraordinaire
Jossie Haines started out in chemistry but transitioned to product engineering in the tech industry. That’s quite the shift, so we chatted about the motivation for making that switch. We also got into her public speaking exploits and how public speaking has benefitted her.  Download the Excuse Assessment tool - prioritize solutions based on severity of excuses - DOWNLOAD.TEACHTHEGEEK.COM TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
32:41
March 3, 2021
EP. 142 - What is watershed science, Lisette Sutherland?
Lisette Sutherland is a Netherlands-based facilitator, author, podcaster, and speaker. She is an advocate for remote working, which is quite popular right now for obvious reasons. She is such a fan of remote working that she formed a company around it, Collaboration Superpowers.  We spoke about  her degree in a field I’d never heard of before, Watershed Science, her transition to self-employment, and her plans for Collaboration Superpowers. Learn more about Collaboration Superpowers at  https://www.collaborationsuperpowers.com/. DOWNLOAD THE EXCUSE ASSESSMENT tool - prioritize solutions based on severity of excuse. download.teachthegeek.com TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
30:23
February 24, 2021
EP. 141 - Kin Tue-Fee went from boats to government
Kin Tue-Fee conducts seminars on management and leadership. He’s also the author of a three books. He didn't start off there, though. He worked for years as a naval architect before moving into management and leadership for the Canadian government.  We spoke about his work as a naval architect, his interest in management and leadership, and his public speaking exploits.   TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeekcom anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok) Download the Excuse Assessment tool at download.teachthegeek.com.
31:26
February 17, 2021
EP. 140 - Gerald Moore Sr. is prepping Black boys for STEM careers
Gerald Moore Sr. is a speaker and author of the book "Motivate Black Boys: How to Prepare for Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math." He's an advocate for Black boys and their involvement in the innovation economy. Gerald is also founder of the non-profit Mission Fulfilled 2030, which works with companies to create opportunities for those who want them and prepare them for the jobs of the future.  Find out more about Gerald's mission at https://missionfulfilled2030.org/. TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok) Also, check out my excuse assessment tool - prioritize solutions to your excuses download.teachthegeek.com
42:25
February 10, 2021
EP. 139 Pallavi Tyagi - Automotive engineer to...marketer?
Pallavi Tyagi worked as an engineer in the automotive industry before transitioning to marketing. Doubling down on her new career, she’s also host of the Your Digital Marketing Journey podcast.  I’m curious to find out more about her time as an engineer, the motivation to become a marketer, and her podcast.   TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok) Also check out the Excuse Assessment tool - prioritize solutions for excuses  download.teachthegeek.com
33:41
February 3, 2021
EP. 138 Engineer your brand with Stephen Lu
What does an engineer know about career branding anyway? This isn't a question you'd ask Stephen Lu. He’s an engineer, a project manager, a career coach, and a public speaker. Active on LinkedIn, he posts career advice videos weekly. He’s also big on helping people build their personal brands so they can be successful in their careers. We talked about his journey in public speaking and his journey in coaching, in addition to his work as a project manager.  _________________________________ TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (Twitter, FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Tiktok) _________________________________ Check out the Excuse Assessment tool - prioritize solutions based on level of excuse. download.teachthegeek.com
31:33
January 27, 2021
EP. 137 - Joana Melo
Joana Melo is a postdoctoral researcher in engineering education. She is keen on finding out how languages and cultures influence engineering students’ learning. She also helps engineering students overcome their fear of public speaking. We talked about how she got into engineering education research, and where her interest in public speaking for engineers came from. TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Tiktok)
23:06
January 20, 2021
EP. 136 - Heather Eason
Heather Eason is a president and CEO in the power industry. A proponent of women in STEM, she is also a blogger and speaker. We spoke about how she got into power, her interest in public speaking, and her intent on helping women in STEM.   TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for scientists and engineers teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Tiktok)
30:54
January 13, 2021
EP. 135 - Podcaster and IT consultant Trina Martin
Trina Martin is a Navy veteran and IT expert. She’s also host of the Trina Talk podcast and author of the book, “From a Mess to Amazing: 7 Steps to Create the Life You Deserve.” We talked about her time in the military, her consultant work, and her book and podcast.   TEACH THE GEEK Public speaking for scientists and engineers teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Tiktok)
28:38
January 6, 2021
EP. 134 - LaShanya Aikerson
LaShanya Aikerson is an expert in change management and owner of her own consultancy. I’ve heard the term change management before, but I don’t think it’s a common term, so I was interested in LaShanya explaining what it means. We also talked about her transition away from engineering to consultant, quite an eventful story. TEACH THE GEEK Public speaking for scientists and engineers teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Tiktok)
34:22
December 23, 2020
EP. 133 - Digital transformation expert Fawad Khan
Fawad Khan is an expert in digital transformation. He’s also an adjunct professor and author of the e-book, “Enterprise Digital Transformation: A concise guide to understanding and successfully transforming your organization.”  We chatted about his work as an adjunct, his book, and his work in digital transformation. I actually got to learn what digital transformation means!  To get in touch with Fawad, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/fawadakhan1/. TEACH THE GEEK Public speaking for engineers and scientists teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
33:08
December 16, 2020
EP. 132 - Systems engineer Barclay Brown
Barclay Brown is a systems engineer. I actually attended a meeting of the International Council on Systems Engineering in San Diego once, but am still a bit unsure as to what systems engineering is. I certainly asked Barclay that question, in addition to how he even got into systems engineering. Barclay is also a professional speaker, so I got to ask to him about public speaking, too.   To learn more about Barclay, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/barclayb/ TEACH THE GEEK Public speaking for scientists and engineers teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
30:13
December 9, 2020
EP. 131 - Shailvi Wakhlu, data analytics expert
An engineer turned data analytics expert, Shailvi Wakhlu and I talked about her transition to data analytics, the definition of data analytics (I admit I had no clue) and the preparation she puts into her talks (it's rather astounding).  To learn more about Shailvi, visit shailvi.com. She's also on Twitter at @shailviw. TEACH THE GEEK Public speaking for scientists and engineers teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @teachthegeek (IG, TikTok)
33:05
December 3, 2020
EP. 130 - Life coach Gina Covarrubias
Gina Covarrubias is the founder of Deliberate Doing LLC, coaching unfulfilled technical professionals to figure out what they want their lives to look like. She started Deliberate Doing after years of working as an engineer in the aerospace industry. We talked about her journey to starting her own company and her choice to become a coach. To learn more about Gina, visit https://deliberatedoing.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
36:27
December 1, 2020
EP. 129 Dr. Kelly Korreck
Dr. Kelly Korreck is a woman of many talents. She’s an astrophysicist, speaker, project manager, and science advisor.  Her work involves building and operating instruments to study the Sun. l took time to talk about her work, and her journey in public speaking, especially her favorite speaking topics.  To learn more about Kelly, visit http://kellykorreck.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter, FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
25:34
November 24, 2020
EP. 128 - Dr. Sarah Bearchell
Dr. Sarah Bearchell is a freelance science writer and presenter. As a writer, she writes for children’s magazines. As a presenter, she speaks mostly to teachers and other science communication professionals, and also runs children’s workshops. We chatted about her motivation to get into science communication and presenting, her previous working life, and her tips for public speaking.  Learn more about Dr. Bearchell at https://www.childrens-science.co.uk/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
27:34
November 19, 2020
EP. 127 - Professionalism matters with Dana Brownlee
Dana Brownlee is the president of Professionalism Matters and the author of "The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up: Project Management Techniques from the Trenches." Professionalism Matters provides workshops on project management, team building, and communications. Her book is about building better relationships with senior leaders as a project manager, who typically has a lot of responsibility and little authority. We spoke about her journey to starting her own company and writing a book. Her dog made a special appearance, too.  To learn more about Dana, visit https://professionalismmatters.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegee youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
31:33
November 17, 2020
EP. 126 - Tech conference organizer Nur Lee Harel
Nur Lee Harel is the CEO of EventHandler. She has put on dozens of large scale tech conferences. She has also spoken on how to become a tech speaker and personal branding. We spoke about how she got into her line of work, how virtual conferences have affected her business, and what tips she can share to become a more effective public speaker, specifically in tech. Learn more about Nur at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nur-lee-harel-49903918/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
33:05
November 12, 2020
EP. 125 - IT leader, author, speaker, and podcaster John Rouda
John Rouda is an IT leader, author, professor, and speaker. He’s also the host of the A Geek Leader podcast. We spoke about his various interests, especially the podcast, and his journey with public speaking.  To learn more about John, visit http://johnrouda.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG TikTok)
23:14
November 10, 2020
EP. 124 - STEM advocate Dr. Natoshia Anderson
Dr. Natoshia Anderson is a STEM educator, consultant, trainer, podcast host, and professional speaker. She founded Smart STEM, LLC, a STEM education consulting business that specializes in curriculum and program development for K-12, post-secondary, for-profit and non-profit businesses. Her podcast, Stemming in Stilettos, highlights minority women in STEM. She was even a Dean at a college at one point. We talked about her work with Smart STEM, her podcast, and difficulty of holding things while pregnant.   To learn more about Dr. Anderson, visit https://www.drtoshia.com/.  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
36:16
November 5, 2020
November 4, 2020
00:25
November 4, 2020
EP. 123 - Podcaster and engineer Oscar Santolalla
Oscar Santolalla is a podcaster, author, and engineer. On his podcast, Time to Shine, he has interviewed over 150 people on public speaking. He is the author of the book, Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo. He also works as a sales engineer, where I’m sure public speaking comes in handy. We chatted about how he ended in Finland after growing up in Peru, his motivation for starting his podcast and writing his book, and his work as an engineer.  To learn more about Oscar, visit https://fi.linkedin.com/in/oscarsantolalla. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter, FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
29:54
November 3, 2020
EP. 122 - Coach, author, and speaker Karen Catlin
Karen Catlin is a former VP in tech, leadership coach, speaker, author, and advocate for inclusion in the workplace. She also mentors students on their career goals. We talked about her interests in women entering and staying in tech, her public speaking book “Present! a techie’s guide to public speaking”, and her favorite speaking topics.  Learn more about Karen at https://karencatlin.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Twitter)
33:01
October 29, 2020
EP. 121 - Adeola Gbinkaro
I read about my guest, Adeola Gbakinro, since she was a speaker at the recent WonderWomenTech conference. She studied Biomedical Science. She’s a digital freelancer and web developer. She also founded Uplift the Next Generation, an organization whose goal is to help young people gain access to career opportunities. We spoke about the origins of her organization, her favorite speaking topics, and her career plans.  To learn more about Adeola, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/adeolag TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter, FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
21:55
October 27, 2020
EP. 120 - Of Course Global's Rinat Sherzer
I read about my guest, Rinat Sherzer, in an article listing the top 40 women keynote speakers of 2020. I watched her TEDx talk, too. In addition to being a speaker, she is a social entrepreneur, adjunct professor, engineer, and ethical design strategist. We chatted about her company, Of Course Global, what ethical design is, and if it was absolutely necessary to wear a red dress during her TEDx talk about menstruation cycles.   To find out more about Rinat, visit linkedin.com/in/rinatsherzer. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
22:11
October 22, 2020
EP. 119 - Trainer and coach Jennifer Braganza
My guest today is Jennifer Braganza. Process improvement. Product design. Project management. Jennifer has done it all. I was really interested to learn more about her speaking exploits, though, as she has taught in universities and does training and coaching outside of that.  To learn more about Jennifer, find her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenibrag. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
29:29
October 20, 2020
EP. 118 - Diversily's Marissa Ellis
My guest today is Marissa Ellis. She is founder of Diversily, a consultancy that offers courses and workshops on diversity, inclusion, and incorporating both into leadership. We talked about the origins of Diversily, her previous life in tech, and the benefits that public speaking have given her.   Learn more about Diversily at https://diversily.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
28:57
October 15, 2020
EP. 117 - Facebook's Caitlin Kalinowski
My guest today is Caitlin Kalinowski. She is the Director of Hardware for Facebook’s AR/VR division. She is also a guest lecturer at Stanford University. Being in such a technical role, I was interested to find out how public speaking has benefitted her career. Plus, I was also keen on finding out what she likes to talk about, any tips she has for becoming more effective at public speaking, and how she deals with nerves.  Learn more about Caitlin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ckalinowski/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.co anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, Twitter)
32:12
October 13, 2020
EP. 116 - Singer turned speaker Shola Kaye
My guest today is Shola Kaye. She was an IT consultant. She was a singer. She’s now a speaker, author, and coach – working primarily in the STEM industries. We spoke about her former lives in IT and as a singer,  the services her company provides, and her go-to public speaking topics. Find out more about Shola at sholakaye.com. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
27:34
October 8, 2020
EP. 115 - Tech Savvy Women's JJ Digeronimo
My guest today is JJ DiGeronimo. She is a bunch of things. Speaker, author, advisor - all under the umbrella of her company, Tech Savvy Women. We spoke about her former life working in tech, her company, and her public speaking exploits. Learn more about JJ at https://techsavvywomen.net/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_  (IG, TikTok)
28:55
October 6, 2020
EP. 114 - TurningScience's David Giltner
My guest today is David Giltner. Engineering, marketing, sales: he has done quite a bit in industry. His current venture is TurningScience, helping scientists and engineers build careers in industry. We spoke about TurningScience, his transition to self-employment, and public speaking, of course.  Learn more about David at https://turningscience.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
32:55
October 1, 2020
EP. 113 - Aviation consultant Jill Meyers
My guest today is Jill Meyers. Jill started out in the Air Force, moved into private industry while staying in aviation, and eventually started her own consultancy. We talked about her journey to self- employment, her public speaking exploits, and future plans.  Learn more about Jill at https://www.meyersaero.biz/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
40:48
September 29, 2020
EP. 112 - Erin Gallimore
My guest today, Erin Gallimore, was a middle school science teacher. She then went back to school to earn a MS in Civil Engineering. She was then an engineering manager. She’s now a coach, trainer, and speaker. We spoke about the teacher to engineer transition and the way she pivoted her business due to the pandemic.  Find out more about Erin at https://eringallimore.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek (IG, TikTok)
36:32
September 24, 2020
EP. 111 - D&I champion Dr. Andrea Bowens-Jones
My guest today is Andrea Bowens-Jones. She is a consultant, coach, trainer, and speaker. She’s also a champion for diversity and inclusion.  We chatted about her thoughts on D&I, her life as a manager, and public speaking, of course. Learn more about Dr. Bowens-Jones at https://www.idgvision.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
29:01
September 22, 2020
EP. 110 - Science communicator Celia Du
My guest today is Celia Du. She is serious about science communication. So much so that she got a Master’s degree in it. We talked about her path to science communication, the challenges, and her future plans. Find out more about Celia on LinkedIn, Twitter (@celia_du_), and Instagram (@celia.du) TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG, TikTok)
30:01
September 17, 2020
EP. 109 - Priyanka Komala of the CurryUp Startup podcast
My guest today is Priyanka Komala. She has a number of degrees and a number of interests, too. The main one I was curious to learn about was her podcast, the Curryup Startup podcast, in which she spotlights the careers of Asian leaders.  Learn more about Priyanka at https://www.priyankakomala.com TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
25:11
September 15, 2020
EP. 108 - Science communicator Dr. Krishana Sankar
My guest today is Dr. Krishana Sankar. Earning a PhD in Physiology, she is now a science communicator. We spoke about about how she came to science communication, her plans on developing her career, and her interest in public speaking, of course. Connect with Dr. Sankar on Twitter @krishanasankar TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twiter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
32:05
September 10, 2020
EP. 107 - Laurie Wallmark
My guest today is Laurie Wallmark. She was a computer science professor and software engineer. The next logical step? Children’s book author, of course. We talked about about what led her from computers to children’s books. You don’t hear that every day! Learn more about Laurie at https://www.lauriewallmark.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
29:39
September 8, 2020
EP. 106 - Paolo Gaudiano
My guest today is Paolo Gaudiano. He is all things Diversity and Inclusion. He has a startup, Aleria, a non-profit, Aleria Research Corporation, and the Quantitative Studies of Diversity and Inclusion initiative. We talked about all three endeavors, and of course how public speaking figures into them.  Check out Aleria at aleria.tech TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
27:37
September 3, 2020
EP. 105 - Tiffany Dawson
My guest today is Tiffany Dawson, a career coach for women in STEM. After working in the construction industry, she changed careers and is now devoted to helping women build the careers they want. She’s also the host of the How to be a STEMinist podcast.  We talked about her transition from engineering to career coach, her podcast, and the definition of STEMinist.  Learn more about Tiffany at tiffanydawson.co. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
38:05
September 1, 2020
EP. 104 - Ade McCormack
My guest today is Ade McCormack. He has lived a few lives already. Starting out as a software engineer, he moved into coaching, writing books and articles for publications, as well as being a professional speaker. I was interested to learn about his career path, his current work, and the way in which public speaking integrates into it all. Learn more about Ade at https://www.ademccormack.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
26:32
August 27, 2020
EP. 103 - Heather Wilde
My guest today is Heather Wilde, who is a CTO and coach for technology leaders. She has worked in many industries, including travel, healthcare, and hospitality.  Heather is also an author, having written for Forbes and Inc. I was interested to learn more about her work, her speaking, and the work she does in promoting STEM education in schools.  Heather is @heathriel on all social media platforms.  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB,, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
34:35
August 25, 2020
EP. 102 - Shinjini Das
My guest today is Shinjini Das. She is the CEO and founder of The Das Media Group, encouraging her supporters, called go getters, to pursue their goals. Since graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering, she has taken a pretty interesting path. I was curious to find out more about her career choices, the motivation to start her media company, and her interest in public speaking. Find out more about Shinjini at @speakershinjini on all social media platforms.  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
30:52
August 20, 2020
EP. 101 - Chris DeWitt
My guest today is Chris DeWitt. He worked in Engineering for several years before transitioning into business development. His business, One2One Leaders, offers training and mentoring to engineers. We spoke about his transition to business development, the motivation for starting One2One Leaders, and his public speaking exploits.  Check out One2One Leaders at https://one2oneleaders.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
32:53
August 18, 2020
EP. 100 - Jasmine Sadler
My guest today is Jasmine Sadler. After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering and her MBA, she now heads the STEAM Collaborative, an initiative whose goal is to increase equity in education. I was interested to learn about her transition the STEAM Collaborative full time, the ways in which the STEAM Collaborative executes its mission and the ways in which public speaking fits into everything. Check out the STEAM Collaborative at steamcollab.com. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthgeek_ (IG)
33:27
August 13, 2020
EP. 99 - Liz Parry
My guest today is Elizabeth Parry, a STEAM education advocate. She has authored several papers on the matter and even earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics mentoring in 2015. We talked about her transition from engineer to engineering educator, her involvement with various committees on engineering education, and public speaking, of course.   TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
36:03
August 11, 2020
EP. 98 - Malika Grayson
My guest today is systems engineer Malika Grayson. She’s a speaker, soon to be author, and blogger. We chatted about her job (I had no idea what systems engineering meant), her book, and speaking endeavors (her mom was instrumental in helping her get comfortable with public speaking).  Learn more about Malika at https://www.malikagrayson.com/. TEACH THE GEEK: teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
28:12
August 6, 2020
EP. 97 - April Edwards
My guest today is software engineer April Edwards. I learned about April from listening to another podcast, Lisa on the Edge. Her story sounded so interesting, I wanted to speak with her myself, especially about how she ended up in the UK. We also talked about Ironman for some reason...  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
30:19
August 4, 2020
EP. 96 - Feedback...again
Last week, I talked about feedback. This week, I talk about feedback and eye contact.  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegee_ (IG)
06:07
July 30, 2020
EP. 95 - Public speaking tips at conferences
You're at a conference, listening to a talk. The presenter...absolutely sucks. He's reading the slides. His voice is monotone. He's not looking at the audience. You're doing all you can to keep from falling asleep. Here are some tips to not be that guy! TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
07:10
July 28, 2020
EP. 94 - Melissa Cristina Marquez
Today, my guest is Melissa Cristina Marquez. She is a lot of things: marine biologist, speaker, and writer.  While she got her undergraduate degree in Florida, she currently calls Australia home. We spoke about her journey to Oz, her beginnings in marine biology, and her favorite speaking topics.  Learn more about Melissa at https://www.melissacristinamarquez.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
21:18
July 21, 2020
EP. 93 - Get feedback to get better
I offer some thoughts on the importance of receiving feedback from others to improve in public speaking.  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
06:02
July 16, 2020
EP. 92 - Justin Key
Justin Key, my guest today, has an interesting story. He got his degree in Math, and is now an actor.  He’s also author of the book, “Mind Control: Change The Way You Think So You Can Live A LIMITLESS Life” and the audiobook "Mama knows best." We spoke about his journey from Math to acting, his books, and his work as a speaker. Learn more about Justin at https://www.justindkey.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
31:20
July 14, 2020
EP. 91 - Aisha Lawrey
My guest today, Aisha Lawrey, is an advocate for Engineering, having worked as a Director of Engineering education and currently working as a Director for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. We spoke about her current role, another initiative she is involved in (STEM IF/WHEN Ambassador), and her favorite public speaking topics.  Connect with Aisha at https://www.linkedin.com/in/aishalawrey/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
34:41
July 9, 2020
EP. 90 - Elizabeth Payne
Today’s guest, Elizabeth Payne, trained in Chemical Engineering, but she’s also an empowerment coach. I learned about what she does as an empowerment coach, and also how she went from engineer to coach.  Find out more about Elizabeth at https://elizabethpayne.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
30:10
July 7, 2020
EP. 89 - Mike Roberts of San Diego Code School
My guest today, Mike Roberts, started the San Diego Code School to offer an affordable means for people to learn coding. It now serves to place people in apprenticeships at companies. I was curious to find out how it all works.  Learn more about the code school at sdcs.io TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek (IG)
31:23
July 2, 2020
EP. 88 - Scott Hanselman
My guest today, Scott Hanselman, works for Microsoft with its web platform team. He’s also a teacher and speaker and host of podcasts and a YouTube channel.  I spoke about how she got into software engineering, his favorite speaking topics, and his podcasts and YouTube channel. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
35:53
June 30, 2020
EP. 87 - Tyrone Jacobs, Jr.
Today’s guest, Tyrone Jacobs, Jr., is an electrical engineer and speaker. He is also heavily involved in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); he recently became the Region VI Professionals chair. I’m interested to hear more about his journey in engineering thus far, his involvement in NSBE, and public speaking, of course.    Check Tyrone out on Instagram (@mrpositivevibes) and Twitter (@jststaypositive). TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
20:53
June 25, 2020
EP. 86 - Assata Worrell
My guest today, Assata Caldwell Worrell, has a job unlike anyone I’ve had on the channel. She is a medical and scientific illustrator, the found of Legacy BioStudios. Instead of verbal communication, she’s about visual communication.  I’m very interested to find out how she got into medical illustration, and the benefits of putting more effort into images on slides. Learn more about Assata at https://legacybiostudios.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
28:21
June 23, 2020
EP. 85 - Mathew Picardal
My guest today, Mathew Picardal, is a Civil Engineer who hosts his own YouTube channel, Structural Engineering Life. The goal of the channel is to help engineers with technical, business and soft skills. He also co-hosts the Structural Engineering Channel podcast. We spoke with him about his interest in Civil Engineering, the motivation for his YouTube channel, and the ways in which public speaking has benefited him.  Check out Mat's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXgu5Q3I520Q0NO4dJhvAng His LinkedIn is https://www.linkedin.com/in/matpicardal/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
30:22
June 18, 2020
EP. 84 - Sandy Williams
My guest today, Sandy Williams, is the President and Founder of Access Biomedical Solutions. With a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Sandy helps companies with strategy, funding sources, marketing, and product management.  We chatted about her work as a consultant, the lessons she learned in her career, and the ways in which public speaking has benefited her.  Learn more about Sandy at http://www.accessbiomedsolutions.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
33:49
June 16, 2020
EP. 83 - Speaking millennial...
The Financial Times had an interesting article on speaking millennial. I almost didn't finish it... Link to the article: https://www.ft.com/content/04ddf0f8-4230-11e8-93cf-67ac3a6482fd?fbclid=IwAR209vESY0tiugMlgWJqTfC_ZmbJfhUMTTlXtAnmHlR_ZbwleK7k02htnSM TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
06:59
June 11, 2020
EP. 82 - Add some routine to your life!
Want to improve your public speaking? Consider adding some routine! TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
05:05
June 9, 2020
EP. 81 - Speak on what you know
People often get stressed out about public speaking. But when you know your subject well, it becomes less stressful. Today's video talks about that.  Link to article: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Barack-Obama-is-speaking-at-a-tech-conference-12928567.php TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
06:30
June 4, 2020
EP. 80 - Terry Suffredini
My guest today, Terry Suffredini, is the Engineer’s Coach. She helps engineers figure out what they want their careers to be, then helps them develop a plan to make it happen. We spoke about her motivation to become a coach, the lessons she learned in her career, and the ways in which public speaking has benefited her.  Check out Terry's website at https://theengineerscoach.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
33:33
June 2, 2020
EP. 79 - Boost your confidence when public speaking
Want to increase your confidence when public speaking? I reviewed this article by Chris Dunn in Entrepreneur magazine that explains how to do just that.  Link to article: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/281874 TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
04:46
May 28, 2020
EP. 78 - 3 Public Speaking Tips You've Probably Never Thought About
Inc. Magazine and Rhett Power have some invaluable things to say about public speaking. Check out the article at https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/3-public-speaking-tips-youve-probably-never-thought-about.html. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
05:03
May 26, 2020
EP. 77 - A word on being petrified when public speaking
I reviewed an article I read entitled, "If You’re Petrified of Giving a Presentation, Read This." Some pretty good nuggets. Link to the article: https://fortune.com/2016/06/03/public-speaking-presentation-tips TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
05:52
May 21, 2020
EP. 76 - Louvere Walker-Hannon
While I personally don’t have the patience for programming, Louvere Walker-Hannon does, as she is a senior applications engineer at Mathworks, the maker of MATLAB. She does speaking, too, and has presented at several conferences. We spoke about her job at Mathworks, her interest in public speaking, any tips she can provide to get better at public speaking. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
25:32
May 19, 2020
EP. 75 - Mel Butcher
Mel Butcher has an interesting story. She got a degree in French Language and Literature, then went back to school to study Civil Engineering. In addition to being an engineer, she’s also a podcaster. On the Empowering Women podcast, Mel interviews women from various industries to learn their stories and secrets to success. She also puts out videos on LinkedIn, offering advice to young engineers. We chatted about her interest in Engineering, her podcast, and her motivation to start making videos on LinkedIn.  To learn more about Mel, visit meltheengineer.com TEACH THE GEEK: teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
32:10
May 12, 2020
EP. 74 - Shoots Veis
Shoots Veis is an engineer and a public speaking advocate. In fact, he wrote a whole book about public speaking, called Public Speaking for Engineers. We spoke about his journey in public speaking as an engineer, and the motivation for writing his book.  Learn more about the book at http://www.shootsveis.com/book.html TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
29:45
May 7, 2020
EP. 73 - Jenny Sivie
Apart from her job at Johnson Controls, Jenny Sivie is a speaker, teaching kids the importance of STEM.  We spoke about her own journey in STEM, the message she wants to leave kids with, and why she speaks to kids in the first place. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
29:53
May 5, 2020
EP. 72 - Jennifer Swanson
Jennifer Swanson is a speaker and author of over 40 children’s books with STEM themes. She also founded KidLiteracy, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving children's literacy, and created STEM Tuesday, a weekly blog for middle school and YA STEM books. She also started STEAMTeam2020, a marketing group of 40+ children's authors that focuses on bringing attention to newly released STEM/STEAM books this year. We spoke about all her initiatives and how public speaking figures into them all.  Check out Jennifer at https://jenniferswansonbooks.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
29:11
April 30, 2020
EP. 71 - Olli Wueseke
Olli Wueseke is a Director of R&D for a biotech company and a fervent supporter of science communication. Holding a PhD in Molecular Biology, we chatted about the importance of public speaking for scientists, his current work, and his communication style to his team.     TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
30:25
April 28, 2020
EP. 70 - Lauren Hasson of DevelopHer
Lauren Hasson is a software engineer who is devoted to helping female engineers get the most out of their careers. Her company, DevelopHer, is proof of that. She also offers a course called NegotiatHer that helps female engineers know their value and get it. We chatted about her work and the motivation for starting DevelopHer and NegotiatHer, especially in these times when so many are losing their jobs.   Check out DevelopHer at https://developher.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
34:12
April 23, 2020
EP. 69 - An SBA employee breaks down programs available during the COVID-19 pandemic
To put it plainly, COVID-19 is screwing over many people. Companies are going under. People are losing their jobs. We’re all stuck inside. We’re wearing masks everywhere we go. It all can seem so defeating. The government is working to provide Americans with resources so we can weather the storm. I spoke with Jamye Pritchett Solorzano of the SBA about programs and resource partners available to small businesses, independent contractors, and the self employed to get through these tough times. PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN (EIDL): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance SBA EXPRESS BRIDGE LOANS: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans SBA DEBT RELIEF: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-debt-relief PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS (San Diego centered, but I'm sure they can direct you to your local org): San Diego SCORE Chapter 0140  (858) 283-1100 score0140@scorevolunteer.org http://www.sandiego.score.org   San Diego and Imperial Women's Business Center (WBC)  (619) 216-6719 kibarra@swccd.edu www.sandiegowbc.org SOCAL VBOC - Veterans Business Outreach Center (760) 795-8739 SoCalVboc@miracosta.edu http://www.socalvboc.org/  South San Diego SBDC (Net.) (619) 482-6388 (SSD) (619) 482-6391  (Net.) dfitzgerald@swccd.edu (SSD) sdsbdc@swccd.edu  (Net.) https://www.sdivsbdc.org/ (SSD)  www.sandiegosbdc.org
48:54
April 20, 2020
EP. 68 - Aditya Guthey
My guest today, Aditya Guthey, was a software engineer for several years before becoming a coach to engineers and podcaster. We spoke about his life in software engineering, his transition to coach for engineers, and his podcast, Signs Of High Paid, High Performing, Happy Engineers. Check out his podcast at https://anchor.fm/aditya-guthey. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
24:59
April 16, 2020
EP. 67 - Barbara Khozam
Barbara Khozam, starting out her career as a chemist, now works as a professional speaker who speaks primarily on customer service. We chatted about her transition from chemistry, the service she provides to companies, and her best tips on public speaking.  Get in touch with Barbara at https://barbarakhozam.com/ TEACH THE GEEK  teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
27:56
April 14, 2020
EP. 66 - Nitasha Syed
My guest today, Nitasha Syed, studied computer science and is now works as a product manager. I was interested to find out how she came to computer science, her road to becoming a product manager, and how public speaking figures into it all. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
30:32
April 9, 2020
EP. 65 - Adam Malofsky
Adam Malofsky is a speaker and the Managing Director of Elemence LLC, which consults with a variety of industries.  We spoke about his job as a Managing Director, his previous stops and how they prepared him for his current gig, and public speaking, of course. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
34:10
April 7, 2020
EP. 64 - How to market and sell during these crazy times with sales consultant Meri Birhane
Because people are losing their jobs left and right, society doesn’t have the spending power it once had. But businesses want to keep making money so they can stay open and retain their employees. How do you go about marketing and selling during this time? I chatted with sales consultant Meri Birhane on ways companies can still sell without alienating their potential customers.  Connect with Meri at https://www.mericonsultingservices.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
38:03
April 2, 2020
EP. 63 - Kim Stuck
Kim Stuck is the Founder and CEO of Allay Cannabis Consulting, a consultancy that helps cannabis sellers with cannabis compliance. I was very interested to find out how she went from working for the Man as a health inspector to working against the Man as an ally for cannabis sellers.  Learn more about Kim at https://allayconsulting.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
32:58
March 31, 2020
EP. 62 - Job search strategies with recruiter Ronald Childs
The Coronavirus pandemic is putting a lot of people out of work. What now? Ronald Childs and I talked about applying for jobs, resumes, interviewing, and salary negotiation. Watch as we go through what you should be doing to get through these troubling times. To get in touch with Ronald, connect with him on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronald-childs/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
41:42
March 30, 2020
EP. 61 - Landi James
Landi James is a software engineer who is community minded. In addition to her work at FDA, she founded the DNAwesome STEM club to promote STEM primarily to minority students. We chatted about her interest in computers, her job at the FDA, and her motivation for starting the DNAwesome STEM Club. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
38:03
March 26, 2020
EP. 60 - Tamara Baynham
My guest today, Dr. Tamara Baynham, is an engineer who, after working in clinical research for many years, started her own consultancy.  We talked about her reasons for pursuing a doctorate, her interest in clinical research, and her motivation for starting with consultancy. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB, Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
26:46
March 24, 2020
EP. 59 - Adi Mopidevi
I heard my guest, Adi Mopidevi, speak at an event, and really liked his slides, so much so that I wanted to have him on the channel. Adi has a background in computer science, he started as a developer and is now a CTO. We chatted about the evolution of his career, his thoughts on public speaking, and his slides, of course.   TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB and Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
24:03
March 17, 2020
EP. 58 - Raven Baxter
Raven Baxter has an interesting story. Even though she now is a college science teacher, molecular scientist, and doctoral researcher, she once was a college dropout, not sure what to do next. To say that she figured it out would be an understatement. She’s also a public speaker, eager to spread the message of inclusivity in STEM. We spoke about her research, the merger of hip hop and science, and public speaking, of course.  Reach Raven at scimaven.com TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB) @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
29:56
March 12, 2020
EP. 57 - Robert Kennedy III
Robert Kennedy III, a Biology major, worked as a science teacher for several years. He even did instructional design for a time. He now is a professional speaker and coach, focusing mainly on presentation skills. He also hosts the RK3 show. We chatted about his time as a teacher, his transition from instructional design to coaching and speaking, and his future plans.  TEACH THE GEEK  teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB) @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
29:18
March 10, 2020
EP. 56 - Bob Brumm
Bob Brumm is the Encouragement Engineer. Whether he is addressing salespeople or college students, his goal is to turn negative beliefs into something positive. He has a degree in accounting, but works as a systems programmer. We spoke about how we went from accounting to programming, where the motivation for becoming the Encouragement Engineer came from, and how public speaking has impacted his career and business.  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
27:22
March 5, 2020
EP. 55 - Stacey DelVecchio
Stacey DelVecchio, a chemical engineer by training, worked for years in additive manufacturing, a fancy name for 3D printing. She is also a past president of the Society of Women Engineers. We chatted about what additive manufacturing entails, what she did during her tenure as SWE president she was most proud of, and how public speaking figured into it all. TEACH THE GEEK  teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB) @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
28:37
March 3, 2020
EP. 54 - Warwick Merry
Warwick Merry got degrees in computing and accounting, but that isn't where he stayed. He now does coaching, consulting, speaking, and training. How did he go from computing to coaching? Well, we get into that and more, like his thoughts on leadership.  To learn more about Warwick, visit warwickmerry.com and learn about his podcast, Get More Success, at getmoresuccess.com. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (FB) @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
32:36
February 27, 2020
EP. 53 - Dylan Reid
Dylan Reid is a mechanical engineer and host of the Engineer Soft Skills podcast. The goal of the podcast is to help engineers with developing skills not taught in school. I was interested to learn more about the evolution of the podcast. Since this channel is about public speaking and public speaking is one of those skills typically not promoted in school, we got into that, too.  To learn more about Dylan, check out engineersoftskills.com. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
25:11
February 25, 2020
EP. 52 - Kara Diane Festa
Kara Diane Festa, a civil engineer by training, worked as a consultant for 20 years. She now coaches women in Engineering and other traditionally male-dominated fields. I was especially interested in hearing her thoughts on female leadership, her motivation to become a coach, and her thoughts on public speaking, of course.  Learn more about Kara at karadiane.com TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
26:34
February 20, 2020
EP. 51 - Brittany Dougherty
Brittany Dougherty is a civil engineer whose focus is land development. She told me that her discipline isn’t too popular in school, so I was interested to talk to her about that. She also passed the PE exam, which I took a number of years ago; it’s a tough test by the way; we talked about that, too. Finally, we got into public speaking, and how it has affected her career so far.  To learn more about Brittany, check out her podcast at https://growingourfamily.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (FB) @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
32:09
February 18, 2020
EP. 50 - Storytelling matters
In this video, I talk about using storytelling to keep an audience's attention. I know that I never used to consider storytelling when giving technical presentations. I do now!  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
06:53
February 13, 2020
EP. 49 - Fear of public speaking
The Balance offers some great tips on overcoming the fear of public speaking. There are 7 of them. I talk about them in the video.  Original article: https://www.thebalancesmb.com/overcome-fear-of-public-speaking-2951708 TEACH THE GEEK  teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slate.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
05:15
February 11, 2020
EP. 48 - Tony Munson
Tony Munson, is a software engineer who has spent the last 16 years developing software professionally for various companies including Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard. He’s also the author of the book, People Skills for Engineers. We talked about his interest in computer science, the motivation for writing his book, and future plans for other books.  Check out peopleskillsforengineers.com for more info.  TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtubeteachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
33:12
February 6, 2020
EP. 47 - Jonna Gerken
Jonna Gerken has a title I’ve never heard of before: Deputy Global Transitions Manager. I found out what that means. We also talked about her advocacy work with SWE and how public speaking factors into that. Check her out on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JonnaGerken TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
29:24
February 4, 2020
EP. 46 - When it comes to public speaking, don't do this!
I read this article on public speaking, and while there were 20 tips, one really stood out. I talk about it.  Link to article: https://www.inc.com/brent-gleeson/20-tips-for-mastering-art-of-public-speaking.html TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
04:34
January 30, 2020
EP. 45 - Shelly Gruenig
Dr. Shelly Gruenig is the founder of Be Greater than Average, an organization that hosts workshops and camps for students that encourage STEM. She’s also the founder of R4Robotics, a robotics team for students. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s a podcaster, the host of STEM Southwest, where she looks to further her message of STEM importance and influence. We chatted about all her ventures and how public speaking fits into it all. To learn more about Shelly: visit begreaterthanaverage.org and stemsw.com. TEACH THE GEEK: teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
31:40
January 28, 2020
EP. 44 - Nicole Price
Nicole Price worked as a chemical engineer for many years, but decided that leadership training and coaching was her bag, so she started her company, Lively Paradox. I speak to Nicole about her transition away from chemical engineering, the services Lively Paradox provides, and her thoughts on public speaking. I learned something new about race, too... To get in touch with Nicole, visit http://livelyparadox.com/. TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
24:21
January 23, 2020
EP. 43 - Deborah Coviello
Today my guest is Deb Coviello. Armed with a BS in Biomedical Engineering, she uses her extensive knowledge in Quality and Continuous Improvement to help companies grow. We chatted about her speaking work with American Society of Quality, her self-employment journey with her company, Illumination Partners, and her take on public speaking in general. Learn more about Deb at dropinceo.com TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
31:40
January 21, 2020
EP. 42 - Maynard Okereke
Maynard Okereke is a man of many talents. A civil engineer by training, he’s also a science communicator, developing Hip Hop Science, which fuses music and science to engage the general public. In addition, he has his own line of vegan seasoning salts and even dabbles in marketing. We chatted about all his varied interests. To learn more about Maynard, check out: https://www.hiphopscienceshow.com/ https://chickensalt.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9D3bhlzAhywjSFj5iArsBA/ @hiphopscienceshow (FB and IG) TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (FB and Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
41:35
January 16, 2020
EP. 41 - Jared Arms and Nick Suell
Jared, a 2nd time guest, stopped by with his associate, Nick Suell, to talk about the exciting things Kylar.io has been up to since his last visit. Here's a hint: Korean is involved.  Visit kylar.io to learn more about Jared and the company's mission. TEACH THE GEEK: teachthegeek.com anchor.fm/teachthegeek teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
36:39
January 14, 2020
EP. 40 - Moiya McTier
My guest, Moiya McTier, is pursuing a PhD in Astronomy. She doesn’t just do science, though, she speaks about it, too. And adds comedy to it somehow. Who knew science could be funny? It was great to speak with her and find out what she wants to do with science communication after she graduates. Find out more about Moiya at https://www.moiyamctier.com/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG) @teachthegeek (FB)
26:10
January 9, 2020
EP. 39 - Iris Wagstaff
I was keen to speak with Iris Wagstaff based on her work at American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her job is to increase participation in STEM, quite the undertaking. I was interested to find out more about the initiatives she works with to achieve that goal and how public speaking factors into that.  To get in touch with Iris: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iris-r-wagstaff-ph-d-57140717/ TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
32:24
January 7, 2020
EP. 38 - What do knee bends have to do with public speaking?
I comment on an article by Brian Tracy listing ways to overcome the fear of public speaking. Knee bends are involved somehow... Full article: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/public-speaking/27-useful-tips-to-overcome-your-fear-of-public-speaking TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @teachthegeek (FB) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
04:18
January 2, 2020
EP. 37 - Dorie Clark wrote an article about tips on public speaking. One of them stands out from the rest.
Written by Dorie Clark; tip by Mike Michalowicz; approved by Teach The Geek  Full article at https://www.americanexpress.com/en-us/business/trends-and-insights/articles/5-public-speaking-tips-from-the-pros TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com youtube.teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (FB) @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek+ (IG)
04:33
December 31, 2019
EP. 36 - Grammar hacks for public speaking?
Here are my thoughts on an article I read by Amy George writing for Inc. Magazine. I never really thought of grammar when it came to public speaking, but I do now! Check out the full article at https://www.inc.com/amy-george/7-grammar-hacks-to-elevate-your-writing-public-speaking.html   TEACH THE GEEK   teachthegeek.com  youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter)  @teachthegeek (FB)  @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
05:60
December 26, 2019
EP. 35 - Teach the Geek Tuesdays - authenticity wins the day
Betty Liu, writing for Inc Magazine, offers 10 tips to become a better public speaker. But it's tip #7 that really resonated with me. Check out the full article at https://www.inc.com/betty-liu/8-simple-ways-to-become-a-more-impressive-public-speaker.html   TEACH THE GEEK   teachthegeek.com  youtube.teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter)  @teachthegeek (FB)  @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
05:26
December 24, 2019
EP. 34 - Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson studied neuroscience, got a PhD, and works as a professor. He also had an interest in business, though, and found a way to merge the two. He's now penning a book about it, due out in 2020. I chatted with him about what motivated him to study neuroscience, where business comes into his career journey, and how public speaking figures into it all.  Check out Matt's blog and learn more about his book, "BLINDSIGHT: The (Mostly) Hidden Ways Marketing Reshapes Our Brains", at popneuro.com. TEACH THE GEEK: teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG) @teachthegeek (FB) youtube.teachthegeek.com
25:28
December 19, 2019
EP. 33 - Tiffani Teachey
Mechanical engineer Tiffani Teachey and I both want everyone to know that STEM is for everyone. To that end, we both put out children's books. Her book, What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z, calls out various STEM careers based on the first letter. Could Z be anything other than zoologist? I think not.  To learn more about Tiffani's book, visit tiffaniteachey.com/books TEACH THE GEEK teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG) @teachthegeek (FB) youtube.teachthegeek.com askuncleneil.com (My children's book)
29:06
December 17, 2019
EP. 32 - Harvard has you covered when it comes to public speaking!
An article from the Harvard Extension School by Marjorie North goes over tips to improve in public speaking. I talk about a few of them in the video. To check out the article, visit https://www.extension.harvard.edu/professional-development/blog/10-tips-improving-your-public-speaking-skills teachthegeek.com @teachthegeek (FB) @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG)
06:14
December 13, 2019
EP. 31 - Teach the Geek Tuesdays - breathing and posture
Don't pass out before a speech! Get some posture and breathing advice from a Harvard Business Review article by Allison Shapira of Global Public Speaking LLC. https://hbr.org/2015/06/breathing-is-the-key-to-persuasive-public-speaking
05:02
December 10, 2019
EP. 30 - Forbes has some good public speaking tips!
IESE Business School article written by Conor Neill in Forbes has some great tips on public speaking. 12 tips to be exact! Check out the article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/iese/2016/04/18/12-tips-for-public-speaking teachthegeek.com @teachthgeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG) @teachthegeek (FB)
07:09
December 8, 2019
EP. 29 - Teach the Geek Tuesdays - Common words, please
Want to get people to listen to your presentation? Here's a tip that's bound to work. teachthegeek.com teachthegeek.slack.com @teachthegeek (Twitter) @_teachthegeek_ (IG) @teachthegeek (FB)
06:53
December 8, 2019
EP. 28 - My first solo video (more to come)
A guest didn't show up for the scheduled interview time, so I decided to do a solo video on timing presentations. It got me thinking that I should do more of these types of videos, so I will. I also decided to turn the videos into podcast episodes. This will take some time, so bear with me! One last thing. Check out my children's book. It's about my nephew asking me why his hair is the way it is and I use science to answer the question. Go to askuncleneil.com to learn more. As always, go to teachthegeek.com to learn more about my online public speaking course, Teach the Geek to Speak.
08:46
December 8, 2019
EP. 27 - Michael Benjamin
Chemical engineer Michael Benjamin was a presenter at the 2019 Professional Development Conference of the National Society of Black Engineers. His presentation was on being debt free at 23 (can you relate?). He’s also an author. He wrote The Power of Yet. We spoke about becoming an author, becoming a public speaker, and what exactly E.A.T. means? Connect with Michael at https://michaelobenjamin.com/
20:25
December 8, 2019
EP. 26 - Steve Buchanan
Steve Buchanan works as a Group Manager at Avanade, is a Microsoft MVP, and maintains a technology blog, Buchatech. We talked about what a Microsoft MVP is (I honestly had no clue), his motivation for getting into tech, and his plans for his blog.  To contact Steve: buchatech.com Twitter: @buchatech
25:60
December 8, 2019
EP. 25 - Claude Jones
Claude Jones is a man of many talents. His day job is as the site lead at WalMart Labs, but he is also the founder San Diego Tech Hub, the Elevate Foundation, and the Practical Leadership Guy. His talent for tech and public speaking is truly inspiring; I’ve heard him speak on several occasions. We talked about his involvement in tech, his motivation for his extracurricular endeavors, and his passion for public speaking.  To learn more about Claude: claude@sandiegotechhub.com claudejones.me linkedin.com/in/claudejones/
31:43
December 8, 2019
EP. 24 - David Goldberg
I learned about David Goldberg after watching his TEDx talk. He’s lead quite an interesting life. A PhD in civil engineering who ended up being a professor, there were entrepreneurial stints in between teaching gigs. He resigned his tenure track professorship and founded ThreeJoy Associates. He’s also an author, writing a book on revolutionizing engineering education. I learned about his journey to becoming a coach, his plans for revolutionizing engineering education, and his TEDx talk, of course.   Find out more about David at deg@threejoy.com and threejoy.com
35:59
December 8, 2019
EP. 23 - Sol Rosenbaum
Sol Rosenbaum is an engineer who cares deeply about public speaking for engineers, among other things. According to him, networking, personal development - soft skills in general - are key to getting ahead as an engineer. Technical skills alone just won’t cut. We talked about his motivation to become an engineer, his perspective on public speaking, and his 3 keys for career growth as an engineer. Find out more about Sol by visiting:  https://grs-global.com/author/srosenbaum http://www.theengineeringmentor.com/
25:29
December 8, 2019
EP. 22 - Stephanie Slocum
Stephanie Slocum is a professional engineer and the founder of Engineers Rising. She’s the author of “She Engineers: Outsmart Bias, Unlock your Potential, and Create the Engineering Career of your Dreams.” She started her career in structural engineering and now she helps female engineers create a path to the career and life they deserve. I learned more about her transition from worker to self-employed, her book, and Engineers Rising.  Find Stephanie at https://www.engineersrising.com/
32:10
December 8, 2019
EP. 21 - Luis Martinez
Luis Martinez is a veteran, a basketball player, an organization leadership expert, and a founder. He’s deeply entrenched in the entrepreneurship community in San Diego, as he heads diversity for San Diego Startup Week, is the head of SD’s Startup Grind chapter, and he recently started We tha Plug, an initiative to build an ecosystem for black and latino founders. I talked to him about his transition to the tech space, his hopes for the organizations he’s involved in, and how public speaking fits into all of it.  IG: @luisitothe_entrepreneur Twitter: @LuisitoBrooklyn Website: https://www.wethaplug.com/
50:15
December 8, 2019
EP. 20 - Ayori Selassie
Ayori "Selfpreneur" Selassie was a panelist at the 2018 Blacks in Tech conference. She spoke with such gravitas on the panel that I knew I wanted to interview her. After rebuffing a guidance counselor's advice to study African-American studies instead of computer science, she has embarked on quite a career in the technology space. She has worked in engineering, sales, and marketing, culminating with her current position at Salesforce leading its marketing efforts for Salesforce Einstein.  Ayori is also an entrepreneur, with a book coming out in 2020, and her other initiatives, Selfpreneur and Life Model Canvas.  Tune in to hear about how her mom was instrumental in her start with coding,  what exactly Selfpreneur means (I had no clue), and how she handles nerves before public speaking.  Some takeaways from our conversation: 1. Care about what you're talking about when public speaking 2. Speak regularly to get better 3. Gospel music can go a long way... To learn more about Ayori, you can find her at: https://www.selfpreneur.com/ainewbies http://www.lifemodelcanvas.org/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/randomgirl/ https://www.instagram.com/iayori/ https://twitter.com/iAyori https://www.facebook.com/iayori/
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December 8, 2019
EP. 19 - Pat Sweet
Much like one of my former guests, Andrew Kelley, Patrick Sweet is an engineer with business savvy. A bachelor’s in electrical engineering and a MBA are proof of that. I came across Patrick via another former guest, Thomas Anderson. Thomas put me on to Patrick’s website, engineeringandleadership.com, whose goals is to help engineers become the leaders they want to be.     Learn more about Pat at engineeringandleadership.com
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December 8, 2019
EP. 18 - Nehemiah Mabry
Dr. Nehemiah Mabry is smart. He has a PhD in Structural engineering from NC State. Dr. Nehemiah Mabry is a worker. He works as a bridge design engineer. But did you know he got bars, too? He’s a STEM poet, weaving his love of STEM and poetry into distinct masterpieces. He’s also the founder of STEMedia, whose goal is to inspire underrepresented kids to consider STEM fields.    You can reach Nehemiah at nehemiah@stemedia.org
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December 8, 2019
EP. 17 - Andrew Kelley
While I wasn’t able to attend his presentation, Andrew Kelley was a presenter at the inaugural Blacks in Technology conference. He was speaking on raising capital, a topic of interest to many entrepreneurs trying to grow their businesses. While he has an MBA, his bachelor’s and master’s degrees are Mechanical Engineering. How does Mechanical Engineering and raising capital come together?    You can reach Andrew at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelleyan/
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December 8, 2019
EP. 16 - Kanika Tolver
As a professional coach, Kanika Tolver gets her greatest joy from helping people realize who they are and where they wish to be. She does her work as CEO of Career Rehab, LLC. She’s also a speaker, whose topics include how to make a career change into tech, how to make 6 figures in tech, and A Game-Plan for African Americans in the Tech Industry. She’s quite qualified to speak on tech, as she has a bachelor’s in computer technology and master’s in information technology.    You can reach Kanika at kanikatolver.com.   IG: @kanikatolver  Twitter: @kanikatolver  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kanikatolver/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KanikaRTolver/
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December 8, 2019
EP. 15 - Tracy Fanara
Dr. Tracy Fanara took her love of science from the lab to in front of the camera. In addition to being the Manager of the Environmental Health Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory, she has been featured on shows such as Mythbusters: The Search and Xploration Awesome Planet.  Her current venture, Inspector Planet, provides environmental education to folks of all ages.   Follow her on Twitter @inspectorplanet
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December 8, 2019
EP. 14 - Jared Arms
Jared Arms is the founder and CEO of Kylar.io, which, among other things, partners with 60 companies across the US to help reduce gun violence and promote STEM skills in the Black community.    Check him out at kylar.io
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December 8, 2019
EP. 13 - Chloe Condon
From developing characters to Developer Evangelist, Chloe Condon has made quite a transition. Once a stage actor, she now works in the tech field. Listen in as we discuss her journey.    To learn more about Chloe, follow her on Twitter @ChloeCondon.
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December 8, 2019
EP. 12 - Margot Wohl
Grad student. Podcaster. TEDx speaker. These descriptors definitely apply to Margot Wohl. You know what else describes her? Delightful guest on my channel.    Catch Margot on Twitter at @Brains_n_Bugs
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December 8, 2019
EP. 11 - Stephanie Espy
Girls are underrepresented in STEM. Chemical Engineer Stephanie Espy is trying to change that. Her book, STEM Gems, exposes girls to 44 different STEM professionals. She also runs MathSP, providing math and science coaches to students. Over a decade into entrepreneurship and she's doing great!   Interested in learning more about the book? Go to http://stemgemsbook.com/.
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 10 - Tom Schwab
If you want to be a guest on a podcast, it can be a chore to find appropriate podcasts. Tom Schwab and his company, Interview Valet, eliminate that problem by matching podcast guests to podcasts.   I enjoyed talking to Tom, from his days in the military to his current venture.    Check out interviewvalet.com/geek to learn more.
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 9 - April Wensel
Programmers can be jerks sometimes. April Wensel is looking to change that with her company, Compassionate Coding. She provides keynotes and workshops on emotional intelligence and its importance in improving productivity and a company's bottom line.    Follow April on Twitter @aprilwensel  Check out her website at compassionatecoding.com
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 8 - Stephanie Humphrey
Stephanie Humphrey is a unicorn. She worked as an engineer for over a decade and then gave it up a life in front of the camera. She’s a technology expert who has appeared on HuffPost Live, Good Morning America,  and The Harry Show. And if that wasn’t enough, she started Til Death Do You Tweet, a seminar offered to both kids and parents about kids’ social media habits.
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 7 - Jay Miller
Jay Miller’s story is an interesting one. After dropping out of college and giving up on a career as a musician, he joined the military as a data network technician. After leaving the military, he became a system administrator and developed a love for productivity. He now uses his knowledge of productivity and development concepts and his military training to help developers improve their productivity. Productive Developers is the company he founded to do just that.
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 6 - Anthony Fasano
Anthony Fasano is a civil engineer, a professional engineer and the founder of the Engineering Management Institute.  It’s a company focused on helping engineers become effective leaders through content and corporate training.  The website contains free articles, two podcasts (The Engineering Career Coach Podcast and The Civil Engineering Podcast) and a YouTube series, Engineering Career TV.
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 5 - Joon Han
Business strategy expert Joon S. Han, founded Better San Diego, a strategic alignment company, and served as its strategy specialist until recently retiring from active client work to focus on helping small businesses through his book "Get Ahead by Giving Back" and the accompanying world-class training event "Give Getters Rule!"   Joon is also the Co-Host of "Your Biz Rocks" - a highly-acclaimed weekly business podcast helping entrepreneurs with down-to-earth business advice that's out of this world.  He is also on the faculty for University of San Diego's Online Marketing Strategies program.   Learn More about the Teach The Geek Program at TeachTheGeek.com
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 4 - Jessica Santana
Jessica am an entrepreneur, technologist, writer and philanthropist who is passionate about people, products and building community. In 2014, she co-founded New York On Tech (NYOT) with her best friend, which is an organization that creates pathways for underrepresented students into degrees and careers in tech.  She has contributed to Huffington Post, Univision and LinkedIn. In her work, she has served as an advisor to 50+ early stage start-ups, small businesses, and non-profits.
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 3 - Sasha Alston
Sasha Ariel Alston, known as the STEM Queen, is the author of the children’s book "Sasha Savvy Loves to Code". From Washington, DC, she is a college student majoring in Information Systems with a minor in Marketing at Pace University, Lubin School of Business in New York. With eight successful information technology and business internships at Infor, Microsoft, and Everfi, she is a sought-after speaker encouraging youth, especially girls of color, to pursue educational and career opportunities in STEM. She has appeared on Good Morning America, been featured in the Huffington Post & Black Enterprise, and inspired girls to dream big in Disney, Google, Snapchat, and Yahoo initiatives.   Learn More about Teach The Geek To Speak at TeachTheGeek.com
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December 8, 2019
Ep. 2 - Thomas Anderson
Thomas A. Anderson is a a licensed Mechanical Engineer with 10 years of experience that enjoys helping other engineers improve and discover their communication skills to obtain the career of their dreams. I use my talent and experiences to provide the best possible future for others. I am proud to be a Professional Engineer. I am passionate about promoting licensure, ethical, lawful practice of engineering, and enhancing the image of the engineering profession, I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to practice mechanical engineering and provide best type of coaching to my customers.    Connect with him at: https://engineeryourcareer.net  To learn more about the Teach The Geek mission and platform feel free to join the movement at TeachTheGeek.com
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December 8, 2019
EP. 1 - Justin Shaifer
About Justin Shaifer -  A NASA and NOAA scholarship recipient, Justin Shaifer graduated with the highest GPA in his Marine and Environmental Science Department. After serving as student body president at Hampton University, he dove headfirst into his dream of making science fun! He has given talks at the Smithsonian Museum, multiple universities, and is featured on several radio segments and podcasts for his contributions to STEM. He works to spread STEM literacy to youth, regardless of socioeconomic status.   Connect with him: https://www.fascinatesci.com  Learn more about the Teach The Geek mission and platform at TeachTheGeek.com.
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December 8, 2019