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In STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? Struggle with public speaking? Then you're in the right place! I'm Neil Thompson, engineer and speaker. This is the place to get tips to improve your public speaking, and also hear from others with STEM backgrounds who saw the benefit of public speaking in their careers and the steps they took to get better at it. Think you or someone you know would make a great guest? Email me at hello@teachthegeek.com.
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Mechanical Engineer, Neuroscientist, and Keynote Speaker Dorsey StandishIn this episode, we explore the fascinating journey of Dorsey Standish, a mechanical engineer, neuroscientist, and keynote speaker. As the CEO of Mastermind Meditate, Dorsey brings mindfulness and emotional intelligence to organizations worldwide. Her unique combination of expe…
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Improving Technical Communication: Ruba Sarris Sawaya on Effective Presentation SkillsRuba Sarris Sawaya is a woman of many talents, with a diverse work history in government affairs, business development, and clinical affairs. What propelled her to pursue these varied fields? How did she excel in each, and what role did effective technical present…
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Varshi Gupta: Engineering Director's Journey and Public Speaking Tips for Tech Professionals Varshi Gupta is a seasoned Engineering Director, spearheading DevOps and product engineering initiatives. However, her career trajectory wasn't always straightforward. In this episode, we explore Varshi’s journey to her current role, how mastering public sp…
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From Engineer to Entertainer: Avish Parashar's Journey to Speaking Success Welcome to Teach the Geek Interviews! In this episode, we delve into the world of professional speaking with Avish Parashar, a computer engineer turned speaker renowned for his unique approach of integrating improvisational comedy techniques into business and personal develo…
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Tony Chatman - Insights from a Professional Speaker With a chemical engineering background, Tony Chatman is a professional speaker, author, and consultant, speaking on topics such as change management, teamwork, and unconscious bias. For those of who are considering becoming speakers, you probably have a lot of questions. How do you get speaking en…
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Chris Hodges Shares Secrets to Speaking Success With a computer science background, Chris Hodges is a professional speaker, author, and consultant, speaking on using automation to create more profitable businesses. For those of who are considering becoming speakers, you probably have a lot of questions. How do you get speaking engagements? How do y…
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Jamie Champagne is Cracking the Speaker Code Jamie Champagne is a business analysis speaker and trainer. For those of who are considering becoming speakers, you probably have a lot of questions. How do you get speaking engagements? How do you figure out pricing? What do you need to have in place to be a speaker? So many questions, so let’s see what…
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Navigating Speaker Success with Eric J. Rodriguez Welcome to Teach the Geek Interviews! In this episode, we dive into the world of professional speaking with Eric Rodriguez, the owner of Change Maker LLC. Having transitioned from the tech industry to becoming a successful speaker, Eric shares invaluable insights for aspiring speakers. From securing…
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Douglas Squirrel is the Tech Team GuruIn this episode, we sit down with Douglas Squirrel, an advisor, author, speaker, coach, and consultant who helps technical teams become more profitable. What does that mean, and how did he get into this line of work? How important is public speaking in his career? Let's find out!Get in touch with Douglas:🌐 Doug…
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Between Buildings and Books: Sandy Poirier Smith's Unexpected PathIn this episode, Neil Thompson sits down with Sandy Poirier Smith, the CEO of Smith Publicity, a company dedicated to helping authors with book marketing and promotion. Despite her background in architecture, Sandy found herself in the world of book promotion. Join us as we explore h…
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Dr. Ashley Sloat: Public Speaking in the Patent WorldDr. Ashley Sloat is a patent agent and president of Aurora Consulting LLC, helping companies build robust and valuable patent portfolios. How did a PhD in Biomedical Sciences get into the patent world? What’s a patent agent anyway? How does public speaking figure into all of it? Let’s find out!__…
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Mona Ockenden: Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and DeodorantCheck out this engaging interview with Mona Ockenden, CEO of Mona Moon Naturals, as she shares her journey from civil engineering to entrepreneurship in the natural products industry.To learn more about Mona, visit her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mona-samaan-ockenden-bbb75…
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Stephanie Nowak: Life, Leadership, and Vegan Cookies👋 Welcome to another episode on Teach the Geek! Today, we're excited to introduce you to Stephanie Nowak, a multi-talented individual with a unique journey that spans from Electrical Engineering to mental fitness coaching, life coaching, and even owning a vegan cookie business! 🍪🧠🔗 Connect with St…
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Balancing Act: Juggling Speaking Gigs and a Job with Michael J. Pope Jr.Michael J. Pope Jr. is the owner of Michael Pope Training. I’ve had conversations with speakers before, but I’d like to ask more questions about becoming a speaker. Questions like: How do you get speaking engagements? How do you figure out pricing? What do you need to have in p…
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Unveiling Dr. Chris Hillman's Data Science Journey | Insights on Managing Teams & Public Speaking Dive into the world of data science with Dr. Chris Hillman, a seasoned data science director whose insights are bound to inspire! In this exclusive interview, we delve into Dr. Hillman's fascinating journey to data science, his perspectives on effectiv…
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Dr. Anmol Agarwal is the Security ResearcherSecurity researcher Dr. Anmol Agarwal stops by to discuss her journey in security and the way in which public speaking figures into it. Find out more about Dr. Agarwal by visiting https://www.linkedin.com/in/anmolsagarwal__TEACH THE GEEKhttp://teachthegeek.comGet public speaking tips at http://teachthegee…
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Marianna Kinnee: The Manager Developer Episode 300 is here! Here's to 300 more! Marianna Kinnee works with managers so they can develop professional and personal goals. She’s also a podcaster and author of the book “Might In Motion: Motivation Momentum Mindfulness Might.” How did an industrial engineer come to this line of work? Let’s find out. To …
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Binesh Kumar is the Engineer who Speaks Binesh Kumar is a technical project lead. What does thatmean? How has public speaking benefited him? Why did he become an engineer in the first place? So many questions, so let’s get to it. To get in touch with Binesh, his LinkedIn URL is https://www.linkedin.com/in/binesh-kumar/. __ TEACH THE GEEK (http://te…
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Synthia Smith: From Geology to Consulting Synthia Smith is a consultant who develops coaching andtraining programs in businesses ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups. How did a geologist come to this line of work? Let’s find out. Learn more about Synthia at https://www.linkedin.com/in/synthiasmith/. __ TEACH THE GEEK (http://teachthegeek.c…
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John Chen: Virtual Meeting ProducerJohn Chen is a producer of virtual events. How did a guy who once worked as a program manager end up as a producer of virtual meetings? We’re going to find out!Visit John's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@UCTFyJLOXyPJLXgEkNoaEgeA __TEACH THE GEEK (http://teachthegeek.com) Subscribe and rate on Apple Po…
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How to Become a Paid Speaker with Lois CreamerIf you're a technical professional thinking about becoming a paid speaker, or even if you're already paid to speak and want some tips, this is an episode to watch in its entirety.Lois Creamer is a coach for professional speakers and author of the book "Book More Business: Make Money Speaking."What to ch…
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Dr. India White is Closing the Achievement Gap Dr. India White is a speaker and education consultant. A math teacher for years, her consultancy’s aim is to close the achievement gap in 1 year by helping teachers and principals develop grit in themselves and students. I’m so interested to learn more about her journey. To get in touch with Dr. White,…
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Ben Cromey - the Acting Optical Engineer Ben Cromey is an Optical Engineer. He once had acting aspirations, but ultimately chose Engineering. What went into making that decision? What does he do now? Is acting something he’ll pursue in the future? We got those answers and more! To get in touch with Ben, visit his LinkedIn profile at https://www.lin…
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Laura Burford: Helping Consultants Build Better Businesses Laura Burford is a consultant’s consultant. How did she get to that point? Let’s find out! To get in touch with Laura, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauraburford. __ TEACH THE GEEK (http://teachthegeek.com) Subscribe and rate on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube Follow @teachthegeek …
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Dr. Jia Ng - The Clinician Scientist Life Dr. Jia Ng is a nephrologist, researcher, and the founder of PublishedMD consulting. What’s nephrology? What does her research involve? What’s PublishedMD consulting? Lots of questions, so let’s get some answers. Check out the PublishedMD YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@PublishedMD. __ TEACH THE…
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Ram Prasad, what's a Fractional CEO? Ram Prasad is an engineer whose company, Delence, provides fractional CTOs to startups, small and medium businesses, and nonprofits. How did he get into this line of work? Let’s find out! Find Ram on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramprasad. __ TEACH THE GEEK (http://teachthegeek.com) Subscribe and rate…
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Dr. Jada Selma, What's a Clinical Research Scientist? Dr. Jada Selma is a clinical research specialist. What does that mean? I don’t know, but we shall find out. She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and like past guests, I’m so interested to find out about why she went the grad school route and her plans while she was pursuing her doctorate and…
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Michele Heyward: Civil Engineer and Founder Michele Heyward is a civil engineer and founder of PositiveHire.co. She’s also host of the Dear Corner Office podcast and the person behind the PH Balanced software. People Analytics Consultant - she’s that, too. She’s obviously a number of things. I’m looking forward to learning more about where she star…
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Planning a Lab with Marilee Lloyd Marilee Lloyd is a Lab Architect. When I first learned that, I didn’t know what that meant. By the end of our conversation, I knew exactly what it meant and how she got there. Would you like to find out? Listen in! Connect with Marilee at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilee-lloyd-aia-7b47235/. __ TEACH THE GEEK (te…
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David Suson is a trainer on sales, leadership, and personal performance. How did a guy who studied Electrical and Computer Engineering get into these topics? When did he ditch the pocket protector and go down this new path? Let’s find out! Check out David’s website at http://davidsuson.com. __ TEACH THE GEEK (teachthegeek.com) Subscribe and rate on…
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David Duffett Lets the Geeks Speak David Duffett is on a mission for nerds and geeks to become powerful speakers. He’s the man behind Let the Geek Speak, working with technical types to make their presentations the best they can be. How did an Electrical Engineer get into this type of work? Let’s find out. To get in touch with David, visit http://l…
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Val Grubb: Engineering Leadership Val Grubb is an author, speaker, trainer, and coach. I started learning about DISC recently, and she’s a DISC facilitator, too. She’s had quite an interesting journey, having marketing, R&D, and operations roles before embarking on her current path. How does someone with a Mechanical Engineering degree end up as a …
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🎙️ **Welcome to TTG Interviews with Kelley Carlstrom, PharmD! 🌟** In today's episode, we dive into the fascinating intersection of pharmacy and oncology with our special guest, Kelley Carlstrom. As the founder of KelleyCPharmD, Kelley has carved a unique niche in training fellow pharmacists in the intricacies of oncology. Join us as we unravel Kell…
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Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi climbed the corporate ladder for years before leaving it behind to start a new journey. She founded Sahita, a global community for South Asian women. She’s host of the Women, Career and Life podcast, a podcast about women and leadership. She’s also a radio host; Life Beats with Sirisha is the name of the show. She’s a keynot…
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Richard Page is the Personal Development Engineer Richard Page is the founder of the Rich Page, providing personaldevelopment and leadership training. How did an engineer end up as a personal development guru anyway? Let’s find out! To get in touch with Richard, you can email at rich.page06@yahoo.com. __ TEACH THE GEEK (teachthegeek.com) Subscribe …
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A former guest, Julie C. Henry, introduced me to Dr. Christian Greer and when I saw his background, I thought he’d be interesting to talk to. With a background in Physics, he got his doctorate in Education, too. What does that lead to? Running a science center, of course! We talked about his journey to the science center and science communication. …
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Migüel Jetté is all about AI. In fact, he’s developing a speech-to-text transcription solution that ensures that we’re all understood without bias. I’m tired of having to repeat myself when I ask Siri something, so maybe he can help with that, too. We talked about how he came to AI, and what he hopes to do next. To get in touch with Migüel, check h…
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Brett Harris - the Excited Cybersecurity Officer My guest is cybersecurity officer Brett Harrison. He’s a speaker, too, speaking on cybersecurity topics. Armed with a degree in computer science and a background in decision theory, he now finds himself where he is today. To get in touch with Brett, his LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in…
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While Dr. Adriana Bankston has a PhD in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, her career does not involve being in a lab. In fact, she works on science policy. I’m really interested to find out how she came to her line of work, and how her PhD informs such work. To get in touch with Dr. Bankston, visit her website at adrianabankston.com. __…
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Engineering to Law with Jessica Hudak Jessica Hudak is an attorney. The guests I interview typically have a technical background. Jessica is no different. How did she end up an attorney? What’s technical about that? More than you may think! To get in touch with Jessica, her LinkedIn profile is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicahudak __ TEACH TH…
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Angelo Collins is Flying High with the Vertical Flight Society Angelo Collins is Executive Director of the Vertical Flight Society. What is the Vertical Flight Society? What does one do to prepare to be Executive Director of the Vertical Flight Society? What’s horizonal flight? So many questions, so let’s get to it. To get in touch with Angelo, his…
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Joe Luellen is being his Authentic Self in Quality Joe Luellen is a quality engineering manager. How’d he get into quality and what keeps him there? Also, what is quality anyway? And why did I ask Joe about being your authentic self anyway? Let’s get to it! To get in touch with Joe, his LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephluelleni…
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Jamie McMillan: Speaking up for the Trades Jamie McMillan is an ironworker, speaker, and author. Ironworker, speaker, and author I suspect don’t often appear in the same sentence, so I was curious to find out how she came to each of them. She is also a champion for the trades, and we need more of them! Learn more about Jamie at kickasscareers.ca __…
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Eric Chen has a Different Approach to Engineering ManagementI reached out to Engineering Manager Eric Chen for one reason, but after speaking with him, I decided that he had to be a guest on the podcast. Why? Because he has an approach to Engineering Management that I think more need to hear. And at some point, we got to public speaking questions, …
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Ahmad Burse is a high performance coach for engineers. How did he come to this line of work? What prepared him for it? What does he do for his clients? So many questions… To get in touch with Ahmad, visit his LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/burseconsulting __ TEACH THE GEEK (teachthegeek.com) Subscribe and rate on Apple Podcasts, Sp…
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Dr. Carla Sayan works as a Systems Engineering Associate Director. What does that mean? Whenever I have a guest who has a PhD and works in industry, I’m always interested to find out about getting the PhD and how it has impacted their working lives. And since this podcast is about public speaking, we got around to questions about that, too. To get …
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Sandra LaPlante - an engineer making tutoring accessible to children Today my guest is Sandra LaPlante. She’s the founder of Papaya, providing tutors for students at affordable prices. Her career didn’t start there, though. She consulted for years before founding Papaya. I’m interested to learn her motivation for starting Papaya, the ways in which …
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Melodi McNeil - from pharmacy to regulatory Melodi McNeil’s title is Director of Regulatory Policy and Intelligence. I didn’t know what that meant, but I got the answer! You know what I thought was really interesting about Melodi? She studied Pharmacy in school. How does one go from Pharmacy to Intelligence? One other thing: she has worked in both …
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Janice Litvin - from Computer Programmer to Burnout SpeakerJanice Litvin works with companies to help employees manage burnout. She’s a speaker and author, too. Her book, Banish Burnout Toolkit, helps readers better handle stressors. How did a math major end up a burnout expert? Let’s dive in to find out. __TEACH THE GEEK (teachthegeek.com) Subscri…
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Tom Schwab: Podcasting to Improve Speaking SkillsTom Schwab, a return guest, is the founder of Interview Valet, helping people get guest spots on podcasts. Do you ever think about being a guest on podcasts? It can be a great way to practice your public speaking. In fact, I wrote on the subject. Why not do a podcast episode about it? And if there’s …
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