The art of making people really, really happy?
August 11, 2009 5:56 PM Subscribe
How does one build one's skills to become a world-class technical evangelist?
posted by TheOtherSide to work & money (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
In a few weeks I'll be getting a new job. The company, people, and work will be awesome. However, I will be moving into a entirely new type of role.
I'll be making a transition to a mostly people-facing role from a mostly non-people-facing role, and I'd like a jump start. For years I've worked as a technical manager. Before that I'd worked as a technical lead and the typical code-in-the-cube, nose-in-the-book software developer. Although decent, my people skills could use a huge boost.
This new position will be 25% team-management, and 75% stakeholder-management. This means I'll be giving a lot of conference talks, holding a lot of after work business meetings, going out for drinks and dinner, getting the right people together in the right place, and trying to woo the stakeholder community and leaving an awesome impression.
I need tips that will make this transition easiest. What are the books, magazines, blogs or people that I should be following? What types of skills should I be practicing? How do I get comfortable with making other people really comfortable? How do I become an expert facilitator to high-end people (Phds, CTOs, Government leaders)?
I've watched others in similar positions before and they seem really good at telling stories, making light humor, and engaging people. How do I practice this?