Nerd Guru

Because technical people need good soft skills to get ahead.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Press Room

Nerd Guru is devoted to improving the soft skills of people in technical jobs and has published twice weekly entries since January 2007 (excluding my family vacation weeks where doing so would risk the initiation of divorce proceedings). Why Soft Skills? and Who I am? answer the two most frequently asked questions I get on this blog.

Since the inception of this space, I've been fortunate enough to have my material appear on other outlets with larger audiences (details below). If you are interested in reusing an existing article or having something custom written for your site, blog, newsletter, or magazine, contact me and I'd be happy to discuss it.

In addition to a few trade show presentations, I've participated in university recruiting events in an attempt to get closer to a key target audience of mine (young engineers). If you are interested in a speaking opportunity of some sort, feel free to contact me and I'd love to hear about it.

Articles appearing elsewhere:

Web Worker Daily is a Technorati Top 500 blog that offers a wide variety of tips and techniques to the growing number of people who use the web for work. Get Mad But Don’t Get Even - Turn an Insult Into a Favor tells the story of a situation where an insult in front of an important audience was turned into a positive relationship instead of an adversarial argument.

Sandwich Pause Trick When Talking to Real People discusses the importance of paying attention to body language. It is highlighted by an anecdote involving a senior executive, a room full of 30 people with tough questions, and how creative use of a sandwich created a more relaxed environment for everyone involved. This article got picked up by LifeHacker as well.

TheServerSide is a community of over 600,000 registered users committed to best practices in the development of Enterprise Java software.'s Transformation Through SOA and Governance is a technical article that covers software architecture principles used by one of the largest companies in the world.

InfoQ is a leading community for software developers covering topics including web programming in Java, Ruby, and .NET. Their area devoted to Agile software development methodologies featured Offer People Reasons to Love Your Remote Meetings, which offers a list of tips for running effective remote meetings. presents a valuable career resource for college students and recent graduates. Making lemonade out of lemons and hibernating mice is a repost of an article that originally appeared on Nerd Guru. It comments on a Wired magazine article involving biochemist Mark Roth and how he used the death of his young daughter as motivation for his groundbreaking research on suspended animation.

Finally, my work has been seen on peer blogs (twice),, and


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