Michelle has spoken at technology and business events across the United States, as well as in Europe and the Caribbean. She offers customized talks for tech businesses and nonprofits, student organizations and recent graduates. You can book directly with Michelle or via her partner speaker bureau Book Top Speakers.
Professional skills are rarely taught in school, even though they are as critical to career success as technical skills. In this talk, I will let you in on the 3 habits that have helped me and hundreds of people I have mentored to become superstar employees and fast-track their growth. Specifically, I will show you how to give meaningful feedback, enhance your brand, and create a thriving network within your industry. The secret is: it’s not just about you. It’s about transforming your team into a powerhouse and sending your ROI soaring.
When you solve a technical problem by reading a blog post, watching a YouTube video or using an open source tool, it can seem like there are a world of experts who know more than you. In fact, those are all regular people just like you. It’s time to share your expertise. Not only will you be helping other people, you will be establishing your industry brand as an expert in your field. Your brand will help you land the projects, promotions and career growth you are looking for. This talk will help you generate ideas and get writing, filming and coding for your community.
Senior technologists are often tasked with “dealing with ambiguity”. It can be daunting to get started with project management when you are used to receiving tickets. This framework will walk through the entire project process, from ideation to presentation. It also includes practical exercises like the Impact Effort Matrix for planning and Success Statements for reporting. Finally, it will cover techniques for delighting stakeholders while keeping your teammates from burning out. Owning your project management means knowing you are doing the right work while having a broad impact.