Professional Development

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Strategies for Success:  Techniques for Reducing Stress and Increasing Creativity
David Deming

Have you ever wondered why certain situations seem to “plug you in”? Have you ever said anything that you regretted? Are there situations at work or home that cause you to lose sleep, feel stressed or become irritable?   During this session you will learn how the brain functions when confronted with rapid change, stressful situations or uncertainty. While our brain is a complex organism, you can learn simple techniques to access imaginative and creative resources to solve stressful situations or complex problems. These techniques allow you to immediately lower your blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory system. Knowing how your brainwave frequencies impacts your ability to multitask, become single point focused, creative and intuitive will assist you in every aspect of your life.

This seminar will introduce you to the basic technology of the brain, brainwave pattern characteristics and how you can access deep levels of creativity to solve complicated issues and relieve stress.

Learning Objectives

• General introduction to the relevant legal issues
• Understand how these legal issues impact storage
• Practical tips on ways to deal with some of the more pressing legal issues

Men and Women in Technology
Patty Then

In spite of the tremendous job growth in the computing sector over the years there are some surprising statistics showing that women in this sector are moving away from a field that once was attractive to them.  Likewise men are leaving too although in much smaller numbers.
The culture and high pressure of the computing world affects both men and women differently; this may be part to blame for the decline of women entering this sector. 

Learning Objectives

In this session, we will explore some interesting statistics on the demographics that make up the IT workforce, and common challenges men and women face in advancing their IT careers. 

The intent of this session is to increase awareness and provide key strategies that can lead to a better path for career success

Using Social Media to Your Advantage
Diana Eastty, Marty Foltyn

It is easy to become overwhelmed by the growing popularity of social media.    Today’s X-generation infused workforce is comfortable and confident with these new methods of communication – don’t be left behind.  Our talk will provide an overview of the most popular social media tools and how to use them to your advantage in today’s fast moving, high expectation environment.  We will use case studies to illustrate how companies are leveraging these tools to promote technologies and solutions in new and innovative ways

Learning Objectives

• Identify the social media tools that can be used to match your objectives
• Learn how to engage with online influencers
• Better understand the social media work methods of the next generation of employees and how you can integrate their expectations and ideas into your business goals and deliverables

Delivering Ideas: Strategies for Impromptu Speaking
Brian Castelli

A universal truth: An idea communicated poorly, no matter how compelling it may be, stands little chance of survival in today’s business climate. The success—or failure—of our ideas hinges on our ability to communicate, often with little or no notice: The status meeting, the phone call from the Director, the meeting with the customer, and the job interview. The truth is that we are always “on.” Every time we speak, we are making a presentation of sorts.  In this session we will debunk the myths about impromptu speaking, discover how and why impromptu speaking skills are important to our success, and learn easy-to-use techniques for impromptu speaking effectiveness. By the end of the session, we will have developed strategies and patterns we can use to give us greater confidence for our day-to-day business and personal interactions.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the role impromptu speaking plays in our career success.
• Develop strategies/patterns for success in handling impromptu speaking opportunities.