In this talk we’ll take a break from the mind-melting technology deep-dives and focus on the other skills developers need commonly referred to as “Soft Skills”. We’ll use one of the greatest characters ever to grace the silver screen, Forrest Gump, as the back drop to this talk. There are many things we can learn from Forrest like how to communicate simpler to humans as well as great life lessons we often forget.  After attending this session you’ll walk away with a set of tips, guidelines and principles such as how to better communicate with non-developers based on scientific study, the value of providing value, how to make those around you comfortable, and how to leverage techniques in conversation used by successful salesmen.

Time: 7:00 PM (6:30 PM food starts)

This is a free event, but please register here: http://hubcitynugoct2011.eventbrite.com/to help us plan for food, drinks, etc..

Deloitte Hattiesburg
HATTIESBURG, MS 39401-7584

Map: http://bit.ly/eDXYij

Deloitte’s entrance is an outside facing door to the right of Cloverleaf Mall’s food court.

About Keith Elder


Keith ElderKeith Elder is the co-host of the popular online technology podcast Deep Fried Bytes. He is also a Director of Software Engineering at Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender based in Detroit, MI and is the founder of the Hattiesburg, MS .Net User Group called Hub City NUG. Keith is an experienced technologist, systems administrator, software engineer, speaker, trainer and all around geek.

As an experienced educator, trainer and speaker he has logged thousands of hours in front of the classroom teaching students of varying ages from the 6th grade to the college level. He has trained countless developers from various business sectors ranging from top auto manufactures, fortune 500 companies and Universities.

As a Microsoft MVP he speaks throughout the United States at major technical conferences, Code Camps, and .Net User Groups. Keith’s ability to explain complex topics with a friendly common sense southern attitude make him a highly regarded speaker at technical conferences. You can read more about Keith’s interests, hobbies, rants and raves on his blog at http://keithelder.net/.

Prizes and Free Food

We will have a raffle for door prizes after the presentation. Food will be served for those attending this event. Please arrive early starting at 6:30PM to eat.

  • http://twitter.com/Cristian0 Cristiano Antonio

    is “Soft Skills” corporate talk for “BSing” ?

  • Michael Fontenot

    Really hope this talk is delivered in true “Stupid is, stupid does” fashion.