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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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How to Become a Paid Speaker with Lois Creamer If 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 a video 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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Matthew Posner, what's Optoelectronics? Matthew Posner is a workforce and photonics education director. What does that mean? Beats me, but you’ll find out. He wasn’t always in learning and development, though. He has a PhD in Optoelectronics and worked as a scientist. How does a scientist end up in learning and development? I’m curious to find out!…
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Julie C. Henry is the Animal-Loving Leadership Speaker I heard Julie Henry speak on another podcast, and when I found out she studied zoology, I knew I had to have her as a guest. She worked at zoos and aquariums for years before embarking on a path as a speaker and author. Her topic of choice: leadership. Learn more about her time with the animals…
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Lucy Shen - the Cosplaying Developer AdvocateLucy Shen is a developer advocate. What does that mean? No clue, but she filled me in on that. She was an engineer at one point, too. I learned she’s also into cosplay; she shared how she got into it. She’s a musician, too. What does she not do? She’s making me feel lazy!Find Lucy on Twitter @spooleans._…
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Dr. Sam Jones is all about science communication. In addition to being a freelance science journalist, she’s the producer and co-host of the Tiny Matters podcast, a podcast that answers many of life’s questions. She didn’t start off in science communication, though. She once was a biomedical scientist. What prompted the switch to science communicat…
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Ruth King - the Wealth-Building Chemical Engineer Ruth King helps businesses stay profitable and build wealth. I’m curious to find out how she does that. I’m also interested to find out how someone who studied Chemical Engineering got into this field. Doesn’t seem like a straight line. She’s also an author; what are her books about? She seems to do…
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Sandro Perruzza is the CEO of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). I doubt his first job was as a CEO, though. He had to work through a few jobs to get to where he is now. Plus, I think he’s the first guest I’ve had on the channel to have majored in Statistics in school. I still forget what the p-value actually means and the differ…
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Alastair McDermott is the Recognized Authority in Marketing Alastair McDermott is the host of the Recognized Authority podcast and a marketing consultant. But would you believe that he used to be a software developer? He event went to school for software development. I’m interested to know how he made the transition to marketing from software devel…
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Pal Mann: from the battlefield to the boardroom Pal Mann is the CEO of Engineers Nova Scotia and has had a decorated career in the Canadian government. We chatted about what work he didwhile in Department of National Defense, what led him to Engineers Nova Scotia, and how public speaking has benefited him thus far. Want to get in touch with Pal? Fi…
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Dr. Amy Beaird - engineering resources for deserving businesses In a nutshell, Dr. Amy Beaird works with companies to get them the resources they need to be successful. This wasn’t what she dreamed of doing when she was younger, so we delve into what got her into this line of work, especially as someone with a couple of Engineering degrees. Want to…
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ASEE's Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed's journey to the top Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the CEO of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). For years before that, though, she was a professor and administrator. Tune in to learn about her interest in Engineering, her years in academia, and her plans for ASEE. To get in touch with Dr. El-Sayed, h…
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Nancy Post - from Computer Science to Business Nancy Post is the VP of Embedded Software and Solutions. What does that mean? I have no idea. She certainly answered that question for me (if she couldn’t, that might have been a problem). We also chatted about her roots and how she got to where she is today. And we covered public speaking, too. To get…
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Nancy Servigna: This Chemical Engineer Means Business! Nancy Servigna is a customer order fulfillment manager. What does that mean? I certainly didn't know, but it wa revealed during our interview, which also covered her coming to the US as an adult, switching from engineering to business, and being a yoga instructor. Quite the life! To get in touc…
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Jaime Swindell: The Electrical Engineering Trainer Jaime got a degree in Electrical Engineering, but eventually decided to embark on another path as a trainer. No push ups or squats involved in this training, though. Tune in to the episode to hear about his transition to the work he does now and how public speaking has factored into it. __ TEACH TH…
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Janee Smith - from Biology to Software Engineering Jenee Smith is a software engineer. She has a degree in Biology. How does a person with a degree in Biology become a software engineer? I’m quite curious to find out. I can’t believe that was always the plan, but of course I could be wrong. When she started the biology degree, what was the plan? Wh…
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Software enginer Aaron Shepard: public speaking and slapping Chris RockAaron Shepard is a software engineer, but it wasn’t always that way. Originally having doctor aspirations, he switched and went back to school to get an engineering degree. He’s also an advocate for kids getting involved in STEM. Fun fact: he did a Tik Tok calculating how hard W…
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Punith Upadhya works as a design assurance engineer and is co-host of the It’s a Material World podcast. He also helps Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) graduates land their dream jobs (or at least land a job). We chatted about his interest in MSE, what design assurance entails, and the motivation to help people get jobs. You can find Punith on…
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Dr. Brad Boyce - The Distinguised President of TMS I had a pre-call with my guest, Dr. Brad Boyce, and he said that his public speaking journey was indeed a journey, and he hasn’t reached the destination yet. When he said that, I knew I wanted him to be a guest. He’s a distinguished member of technical staff. I was curious to find out what the undi…
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Dr. Roberta Rincon: directing research for female engineersDr. Roberta Rincon is the associate director of research at the Society of Women Engineers. What really made me want to speak with Dr. Rincon is that title of hers. Why does an engineering society need a director of research? What is she researching? What is the research used for? How does …
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Ron Higgs: Mathematician, flight school vet and C-suite executive Ron Higgs is a fractional COO and veteran of the US Navy. Whenever people step out on their own and start their own businesses. It’s always intriguing to me. Also, in what ways serving in the military prepared Ron for what he does now is of interest. Also, since this is a podcast abo…
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Dr. Tod Pascal: Nanoengineering Professor and Researcher Dr. Tod Pascal is an assistant professor in Nanoengineering at University of California, San Diego. His research involves studying theoretical and computational methods to elucidate the structure and dynamics of electro-chemical systems. Before that, he was a project scientist. Before that, h…
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