This is such a good reminder. I’m a worrier! I will worry about anything and everything. I’ve had to learn that worrying doesn’t make the situation any better or worse. So I work out the worst scenario in my head and come up with a plan for that worst case.
Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.
Then I put the worry in a box and put it aside. Any time I think about it again, I immediately think about my plan.
This quote really brought it all home for me. It’s so true because I end up worrying the day away instead of being present in the moment.
Are you a worrier? What do you do when the worrying takes over?
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Women In Tech Demo Dayin the Washington DC area. Women In Tech Demo Days are presented by Capital One in a partnership with AngelHack. In DC, they partnered with the nonprofit group, Black Girls Code.
What is Women In Tech Demo Day?
In DC, there were 12 teams of women and men who created apps, pitched them to a panel of judges in hopes of winning a $10,000 scholarship to General Assembly and $15,000 to the nonprofit, Black Girls Code.
They didn’t just create any app. The challenge was to:
Empower girls and women by building a technical solution (mobile app, web app, etc.) to support a local nonprofit (Black Girls Code in DC).
Some of the teams were formed on Saturday morning and some of the teams started a few weeks ago. Leticia Barr and I spent the afternoon mentoring the teams by listening to their pitches and helping them refine their message.
Each team had 3 minutes to pitch their idea and demo the product. The judges had 2 minutes to ask questions. After all 12 teams finished pitching, the judges had to decide which team completed the challenge of empowering girls and women to go into the tech field.
Women In Tech Demo Day
Here is the post that I shared when we first got there. I was really excited about seeing what the teams had created.
#WITDemoDay with Capital One @angelhack & @BlackGirlsCode #sponsored: Capital One supported my attendance at Women In Tech Demo Day.
During the lunch, 3 women who work in tech at Capital One spoke about their journey as women navigating the tech field. They all had very different stories and reasons for going into a tech field.
The Keynote Speaker was Kimberly Bryant, who is the founder of Black Girls Code. She started Black Girls Code after realizing that it wasn’t going to be any easier for her daughter to enter a tech career than it was for her.
A photo posted by Michele McGraw (@scrappinmichele) on
The entire day was very inspiring. I left feeling very positive about the future of women in technology. With a group like the one below looking for ways to empower and encourage girls and young women to go into tech fields, I know that my girls will know that tech is an option.
I have seen Stranger Things on Netflix this summer. And boy was it strange!!
If you have no clue what I’m talking about, watch this trailer:
The show starts with four boys playing Dungeons & Dragons. When one of the boys disappears, the entire town searches for answers. There are so many conspiracy theories floating around and just as you think you’ve figured it all out, you haven’t! Twists & turns at every corner!
I can not watch anything scary or I’ll have nightmares, so I was not sure how this would turn out after watching Stranger Things. It is not scary at all. I LOVED it.
Not only did I love the plot, the characters, the acting was outstanding, but it takes place in the 1983. I saw things on the screen that we had in our house.
Now I’m totally bummed that I need to wait for season 2.
Stranger Things is DEFINITELY worth watching. My 13-year-old son watched it and loved it. If you have kids younger than 10, watch it first and decide whether they can watch it. Teens and up, definitely!
Disclosures: As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received product in exchange for my monthly posts. All opinions are my own.
Would you love to see the latest and greatest technology brought to life? Touch the technology? Try the technology? Ask questions about the new technology? You can do all of that at Best Buy’s Tech Home at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN.
What Is The Tech Home?
I bet you are wondering what is up with this Tech Home thing, aren’t you? Let me explain. You hear about all this great new technology for your home, but you have no idea how it works. Will it make your life better? What does it do? Do I need it?
Seeing and trying the gadgets in a home environment with experts on hand to explain everything to you is what you will get at the Best Buy Tech Home.
Some of what you will experience:
Samsung SmartThings technology to control and monitor your home from your smartphone.
Products from Samsung, Canon, NETGEAR, Philips Hue, Sony, Sonos, and Savant.
Tour the Tech Home with an expert Blue Shirt or Geek Squad agent. They can answer all your questions and show you how everything works.
Help figuring out what connected home technology you need in your home.
Best Buy Tech Home Sweepstakes
There are two ways to enter the sweepstakes.
1. Visit the Tech Home at the Mall of America and find out how you could win:
10,000 Best Buy Gift Card, a Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Collection, Samsung Dream Kitchen, and a Samsung 55” SUHD 4K TV and more
2. Visit the Mall of America and be one of the first 250 visitors each day from 8/22-9/17 and you could win:
One of many prizes made with Qualcomm technologies including Sonos Play:1 speakers, Samsung Gear S2, and more
Read the full sweepstakes details at the Best Buy Tech Home site. The sweepstakes is by Best Buy. I am sharing the information with you.
If you have the chance to visit the Best Buy Tech Home, leave me a comment below and let me know how you liked it.
Disclosure: Thereviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are my own.
12 Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed In IT Infographic
Graphic source: “12 Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed in IT,” Capella University, 2016.
Examples Of The Softer Skills Needed In IT
The sales team in your company is working on a big proposal and are on a tight deadline. The computer they are working on goes down and they are afraid they may have lost everything. (Yes, you’ve reminded them a million times to back up their work, but of course, they didn’t!)
They call you in a panic and need help. Here are some of the softer skills you will use:
Communication skills – You need to be able to communicate with them. Part of communicating is understanding and listening.
Relationship Skills – If you have a good relationship with the sales team and they know they can count on you, they will trust that you will do everything you can to solve the problem.
Decision Making Skills – This problem may require you to make quick decisions on your own. You need to be confident that you can and will make the best decision quickly.
Creativity – Many IT problems are hard to solve because there are so many variables. You will need to be creative in your problem solving and think outside the box.
Another Example Of Softer Skills Needed
Your company is going through a major software update and you and your team are working non-stop over a weekend to get it completed by Monday morning. It’s Sunday night, everyone is tired and things aren’t going as planned. (Sound familiar?)
Here are a few softer skills that will help you in this situation:
Prioritization – It may be clear that not everything will be completed. You need to be able to prioritize the work and have the most important tasks completed by Monday morning.
Knowing Your Business & The Organization – In order to prioritize, you need to know the company and understand what tools are most important to get the job done.
Analyze The Process – After you have completed this job, you need to be able to analyze the entire process that took place over the weekend to see where you can do better.
Teamwork – You need to keep your team focused even though they may see that they will not complete everything.
Can you see where having these softer skills will help you get ahead in IT? IT is a competitive field and anything you can do to improve your own skills is a plus.
Taking this assessment will give you a better idea of where you stand with your current abilities of the 12 softer skills needed to get ahead in IT.
So go take it! What are you waiting for? I’ll be here when you get back.
How Do I Get These Softer Skills?
I’m glad you asked that.
Capella University understands IT professionals and they have worked to create programs that will help you gain these softer skills. They will help you find the most direct path to reach your goals. Everyone’s path is a little different and Capella will help you find yours.
In an effort to get to know you better, I’m going to be asking questions periodically. This helps me decide what articles to write and what products to review. This post is my first poll and also a test to see how well this poll works.
Please share this post after you’ve taken the poll.
Ice Age: Collision Course is the 5th movie in the Ice Age series. In this movie, the Ice Age World is threatened by cosmic events that Scrat accidently set off. The Ice Age friends set off to save the world.
One of the characters I’m most excited to see in this movie is the Shangri Llama. He seems like a pretty laid back guy. Who doesn’t love a Llama who does yoga?
Ice Age: Collision Course Final Trailer
This is the final trailer for the Ice Age: Collision Course movie which comes out on Friday, July 22.
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