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In STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? Struggle with public speaking? Then you're in the right place! 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 … read more

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EP. 202 - From Operations to Coaching with Gary Smith

May 11th, 2022


From Operations to Coaching with Gary Smith

Gary Smith is a business coach and author. He worked for years in operations management before embarking on his journey as a coach. We chatted about how his engineering …

EP. 201: Nanoengineering professor & podcaster Dr. Darren Lipomi

May 4th, 2022


Nanoengineering professor & podcaster Dr. Darren Lipomi

Dr. Darren Lipomi is a professor in nanoengineering, studying the areas of soft …

EP. 200: Becoming a professional engineer with Britt Smith

April 27th, 2022


Becoming a professional engineer with Britt Smith

Britt Smith embarked on a civil engineering career that eventually led to him becoming president-elect of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). We spoke …

EP. 199 - Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow with Rebecca White

April 20th, 2022


Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow with Rebecca White

Rebecca White is the CEO of Engineers of Tomorrow, an organization whose goal is to talk differently about the STEM professions to kids, with a focus on …

EP. 198 - How does acupuncture inform burnout, Cait Donovan?

April 13th, 2022


How does acupuncture inform burnout, Cait Donovan?

Cait Donovan is a burnout coach, a podcast host, and a keynote speaker. It’s her beginnings that I find fascinating, though. Cait’s journey is exactly what this podcast …

EP. 197: Entrepreneurial structural engineer, Ed Quesenberry

April 6th, 2022


The entrepreneurial structural engineer, Ed Quesenberry

Ed Quesenberry is a structural engineer who was an employee for years before striking out on his own and creating his own firm, Equilibrium Engineers, LLC.  It’s …

EP. 196 - Ethical Sustainability with systems engineer Dr. Jon Wade

March 30th, 2022


Ethical Sustainability with systems engineer Dr. Jon Wade

Dr. Jon Wade is a systems engineer who has worked in industry and academia. Currently he is in the latter.  Dr. Wade is also an expert in ethical sustainability. …

EP 195: Being an engineering manager with Anand Safi

March 23rd, 2022


Teach the Geek - public speaking for engineers

Anand Safi works as engineering manager but is also a tech mentor and startup advisor. My podcast isn’t the first one he has been a guest on, so he obviously must present …

EP. 194 - Engineering Education with Dr. Norman Fortenberry

March 16th, 2022


Dr. Norman Fortenberry is the executive director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). You don’t just come out of school and …

EP. 193: Engineering the future with bridge engineer Luis Duque

March 9th, 2022


Luis Duque is a bridge engineer and host of the Engineering our Future podcast. He immigrated to the US to go to engineering school, and liked living …

EP. 192 - Karim Harbott: does a mathematician in Agile add up?

March 2nd, 2022


Karim Harbott is the co-founder of the Agile Center, a consultancy that offers agile coaching and leadership coaching. Before starting the …

EP. 191 - Anne Meixner: career coach for engineers

February 23rd, 2022


Anne Meixner: career coach for engineers

Anne Meixner is an engineer who worked in the semiconductor industry for years before embarking on a different life, founding her company, The Engineers’ Daughter. She now …

EP. 190 Dagna Bieda: Career coach to engineers

February 16th, 2022


Dagna Bieda: Career coach to engineers

Dagna Bieda is a software engineer and a coach to software engineers. Her original background is in control …

EP. 189 - Nellie Medow: from teacher to founder of a tech company

February 9th, 2022


Nellie Medow is the co-founder of enolve and also the company’s director of outreach and operations. Enolve is a platform where people can post …

EP. 188: Amy Kurr - Engineer, PhD student & professional skills coach

February 2nd, 2022


Amy Kurr - Engineer, PhD student & professional skills coach

Amy Kurr was a design engineer, but went back to school to get her PhD in …

EP. 187 - Dr. Nicole Tschierske - Punk rock DJ to change management

January 26th, 2022


Dr. Nicole Tschierske - Punk rock DJ to change management

For years, Dr. Nicole Tschierske worked in consumer goods innovation and product research. …

EP. 186 Dr. Mary Kinsella: Engineering Her Career - public speaking for engineers

January 19th, 2022


Dr. Mary Kinsella: Engineering Her Career - public speaking for engineers

Dr. Mary Kinsella is the founder of Her Engineering Career, working with female engineers so they can command greater influence and impact. She …

EP. 185 - Victor Antonio: An engineer in sales? How!?

January 12th, 2022


Victor Antonio: An engineer in sales? How!?

Victor Antonio founded the Sellinger Group, providing sales training and keynote speaking. He has worked …

EP. 184 - Erin Thorp, how do engineering and empathy mix?

January 5th, 2022


Erin Thorp is a leadership development coach, professional speaker, and author of the book Inside Out Empathy. She wasn’t always these things, though. She worked in the construction and energy industries for years, but …

EP. 183 - Terra Winston, what's a Systems Engineer doing talking about leadership?

December 15th, 2021


Terra Winston, what's a System Engineer doing talking about leadership?

Terra Winston is a leadership consultant and executive coach. I must admit I …

EP. 182 - Jill Tietjen: Electrical Engineering Making an Impact

December 8th, 2021


Jill Tietjen - Electrical Engineering Making an Impact

Jill Tietjen is an  electrical engineer who worked for decades in the electric  utility industry, even serving as an expert witness before public utility …

EP. 181 - Ian Peterman: Conscious Product Designer

December 1st, 2021


Ian Peterman is the founder and CEO of Peterman Design Firm, helping clients bring their products to market via product design & development, …

EP. 180 - Kruttika Ashtekar - Product Owner & Distinguished Toastmaster

November 24th, 2021


Kruttika Ashtekar - Product Owner & Distinguished Toastmaster

Kruttika Ashtekar works as a product owner, and is also a Distinguished Toastmaster, which means that she’s a skilled public speaker. She’s the epitome …

EP. 179 - Christine Vartanian: Civil Engineering to Attorney to Stay at Home Mom to Personal Stylist

November 17th, 2021


Christine Vartanian -  Civil Engineering to Attorney to Stay at Home Mom to Personal Stylist

Christine Vartanian is the founder of jade. for all seasons COLLECTIVE, and serves as a personal style expert. Perhaps I …

EP 178 - Amy Kaur - Water Resource Control Engineer & Engineering Gal

November 10th, 2021


Amy Kaur - Water Resource Control Engineer & Engineering Gal

Amy Kaur is a water resource control engineer and the co-founder of Engineering …

Ep. 177 - From Figure Skating to Product Management with Holly Hester-Reilly

November 3rd, 2021


From Figure Skating to Product Management with Holly Hester-Reilly.

Holly Hester-Reilly is founder and CEO of H2R Product Science. She works with …

EP. 176 - Ina Coveney - IT to business coach

October 27th, 2021


Teach the Geek interviews - public speaking for engineers and scientists

Ina Coveney does a number of things. Business coach. Speaker. Podcaster.  She didn’t start off that way, though. She worked in IT for years, and …

EP. 175 - Dr. Lorien Pratt, what is decision intelligence?

October 20th, 2021


Teach the Geek - public speaking for engineers and scientists

Dr. Lorien Pratt studied computer science in school, and got a few degrees in it. Once …

EP. 174 - Jim Morris - engineer turned product discovery coach

October 13th, 2021


Jim Morris - engineer turned product discovery coach

Jim Morris is the founder of Product Discovery Group, serving as a mentor and coach to product teams to assist them with idea development, user testing, user …

EP. 173 - Gayathri Shukla, what does an engineer know about storytellng?

October 6th, 2021


What does an engineer know about storytelling? Quite a bit!

After working in the energy industry for many years, Gayathri Shukla, my latest guest, …

EP. 172 - Bobby Umar, you've had quite the career since leaving Engineering!

September 29th, 2021


Bobby Umar, you've had quite the career since leaving Engineering!

Bobby Umar started off as an engineer in the aerospace industry, but he has done quite a bit since. Marketing, sketch comedy, personal branding. What …

EP. 171 - Materials Engineer turned Mechanical Engineer Jabril Muhammad

September 22nd, 2021


Materials engineer turned Mechanical engineer Jabril Muhammad

Jabril Muhammad was a Materials engineer, but now works as a Mechanical engineer. He’s …

EP. 170 - Lennis Perez, what is a wellness engineer?

September 15th, 2021


Lennis Perez, what is a wellness engineer?

Lennis Perez worked as a process engineer, but now runs her own consultancy, Just Lennis LLC, a company …

EP. 169 - Seth Greenwald Engineer & Communication Coach

September 8th, 2021


Seth Greenwald - Engineer & Communication Coach

Seth Greenwald, a.k.a. Sherpa Seth, is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and popular …

EP. 168 - David Shriner-Cahn: Engineer to Non-profit?

September 1st, 2021


David Shriner-Cahn: Engineer to Non-profit exec?

David Shriner-Cahn is a former engineer and was an executive in the non-profit space for many years. He now helps former employees find their footing in entrepreneurship, …

EP. 167 - NASA's Dr. Tara Ruttley - how old is too old to be an astronaut?

August 25th, 2021


Dr. Tara Ruttley - NASA Scientist & Keynote Speaker

NASA Chief Scientist is one way to describe Dr. Taray Ruttley, but keynote speaker is another. I was interested to learn more about her journey into public …

EP. 166 - Dump the jargon!

August 18th, 2021


Want people to listen? Dump the jargon!

If you're presenting a technical presentation to non-technical people, minimizing the amount of technical jargon will go a long way towards increasing audience engagement. I talk …

EP. 165 - Dr. Deborah Thomson: From musician to science policy advocate

August 11th, 2021


Dr. Deborah Thomson: musician to science policy advocate?

Dr. Deborah Thomson has lived many lives. She has been a musician and teacher. She's now a …

EP. 164 - Keep text to a minimum on presentation slides

August 4th, 2021


Slides full of text? Probably not the best way to engage an audience. 

Consider using images instead of text.

I go over why this is a better idea in …

EP. 163 - Want to improve at public speaking? Visualize success!

July 28th, 2021


To improve at public speaking, visualize success!

If you keep telling yourself you're poor at public speaking, you'll continue to be right. Want to improve? Tell yourself you're good at it and visualize yourself doing …

EP. 162 - Forensic Scientist turned Speaker Ciaran Phillip

July 21st, 2021


Forensic Scientist turned Speaker Ciaran Phillip

Ciaran Phillip is a forensic scientist who does science communication. How many of those types of people are walking around?  We chatted about his motivation to become a …

EP. 161 - Ashley Kirkwood: attorney and speaker coach

July 14th, 2021


Ashley Kirkwood - attorney and speaker coach

Ashley Kirkwood is a lot of things. Attorney. Podcaster. Speaker. I wouldn’t be surprised if she adds a …

EP. 160 - Let me tell you about the Society...

July 7th, 2021


I created a public speaking course geared towards STEM professionals. A one-off course wasn't enough, though. 

I developed the Teach the Geek to Speak Society, a monthly membership, to offer ongoing support instead. 

EP. 159 - STEM Educator Dr. Natalie Coleman talks about the military, being "hip", and public speaking

June 30th, 2021


Dr. Natalie Coleman - public speaking for those in STEM

STEM educator Dr. Natalie Coleman has lived quite the life, and I’m sure there’s more in …

EP. 158 - Damn filler words...

June 23rd, 2021


"You know"



Damn those filler words that occupy your conversational speech. Should you try to eliminate them when giving …

EP. 157 - Edidiong Obot - From Chemistry to Community Advocacy

June 9th, 2021


Edidiong Obot may have a background in chemistry, but she didn’t stay there. Podcaster. Host. Show producer. Speaker. Community advocate. Edidiong is a woman of many talents. I’m interested to learn more about her …

EP. 156 - Career Skills for Engineers with Mark Herschberg

June 2nd, 2021


Career Skills for Engineers with Mark Herschberg

Mark Herschberg serves as a fractional CTO. He is also author of the book, “The Career Toolkit, …

EP. 155 - Sam Alleva, aerospace engineering to technical writing

May 26th, 2021


Sam Alleva started out in aerospace engineering, working for several companies before deciding to strike out on her own as a technical writer. I was interested to learn more about her decision to start her own business, …

EP. 154 - Matthew Dick, engineering manager and science fiction writer

May 19th, 2021


Engineering manager and science fiction writer Matthew Dick. 

Matthew Dick is an engineering manager in the transportation technology industry. He’s …

EP. 153 - From programmer to professional speaker, Pam Leinmiller shares her story

May 12th, 2021


Programmer to professional speaker - Pam Leinmiller

Pam is founder of Vertical Vision Inc., a training and coaching in technical industries. She helps those in the tech fields hone their communication and leadership …

EP. 152 - Master communication skills with engineer turned speaker and author Debra Fine

May 5th, 2021


Master communication skills with engineer turned speaker and author Debra Fine

Once an engineer, Debra Fine now works with Fortune 500 companies, professional groups, and universities, offering public speaking tips for …

EP. 151 - Professor of the supply chain, Dr. Justin Goldston

April 28th, 2021


TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers

Dr. Justin Goldston. He is a professor of supply chain management. He has organized TED conferences, …

EP. 150 - Jeff Perry coaches engineers to success

April 21st, 2021


TEACH THE GEEK -  public speaking for engineers

Jeff Perry is a coach for engineers and software professionals. He’s also host of the Engineering Career Coach podcast. We spoke about what brought him to coaching, the …

EP. 149 - Noelle Silver, a woman of AI - Public speaking for engineers

April 14th, 2021


TEACH THE GEEK - public speaking for engineers

Noelle Silver is the founder of Womenin.AI and AI Leadership Institute. She’s also the head of …

EP. 148 Piloting the speaker circuit with William "T" Thompson

April 7th, 2021


William “T” Thompson (no relation has lived an interesting life. He has an Air Force pilot, a civilian pilot and an attorney. He graduated with an Engineering degree from the Air Force Academy, but ended up attending …

EP. 147 Demishia Samuels - Industrial Engineering to Income Strategist

March 31st, 2021


Demishia Samuels is an income strategist and business coach, as well as host of the Corporate Hustle podcast. Seems like a far way away from an Industrial engineering degree. We chatted about how she got to where she is …

EP. 146 - Dr. Grace Lee, how did you go from science to speaker?

March 24th, 2021


Dr. Grace Lee is the founder of Mastery Insights, and is also a podcaster and YouTuber. Her career path is quite interesting, as she got a PhD and did something I’m not sure most PhDs do. We chatted about whether that …

EP. 145 - Shannon Bumgarner, advocate for women in STEM

March 17th, 2021


Shannon Bumgarner is an expert in supply chain and lean manufacturing. She’s also the new host of the Empowering Women podcast and a fervent advocate for women in STEM. We chatted about what supply chain and lean …

EP. 144 - Callie Carpenter, design engineer in the medical device industry

March 10th, 2021


Callie Carpenter is a design engineer in the medical device industry. We spoke about her current position, the way in public speaking has benefited her, and any tips she can provide. 

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EP. 143 - Jossie Haines, product engineer extraordinaire

March 3rd, 2021


Jossie Haines started out in chemistry but transitioned to product engineering in the tech industry. That’s quite the shift, so we chatted about the motivation for making that switch. We also got into her public …

EP. 142 - What is watershed science, Lisette Sutherland?

February 24th, 2021


Lisette Sutherland is a Netherlands-based facilitator, author, podcaster, and speaker. She is an advocate for remote working, which is quite popular …

EP. 141 - Kin Tue-Fee went from boats to government

February 17th, 2021


Kin Tue-Fee conducts seminars on management and leadership. He’s also the author of a three books. He didn't start off there, though. He worked for years as a naval architect before moving into management and leadership …

EP. 140 - Gerald Moore Sr. is prepping Black boys for STEM careers

February 10th, 2021


Gerald Moore Sr. is a speaker and author of the book "Motivate Black Boys: How to Prepare for Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math." …

EP. 139 Pallavi Tyagi - Automotive engineer to...marketer?

February 3rd, 2021


Pallavi Tyagi worked as an engineer in the automotive industry before transitioning to marketing. Doubling down on her new career, she’s also host of the Your Digital Marketing Journey podcast.  I’m curious to find out …

EP. 138 Engineer your brand with Stephen Lu

January 27th, 2021


What does an engineer know about career branding anyway? This isn't a question you'd ask Stephen Lu. He’s an engineer, a project manager, a career coach, and a public speaker. Active on LinkedIn, he posts career advice …

EP. 137 - Joana Melo

January 20th, 2021


Joana Melo is a postdoctoral researcher in engineering education. She is keen on finding out how languages and cultures influence engineering …

EP. 136 - Heather Eason

January 13th, 2021


Heather Eason is a president and CEO in the power industry. A proponent of women in STEM, she is also a blogger and speaker. We spoke about how she got into power, her interest in public speaking, and her intent on …

EP. 135 - Podcaster and IT consultant Trina Martin

January 6th, 2021


Trina Martin is a Navy veteran and IT expert. She’s also host of the Trina Talk podcast and author of the book, “From a Mess to Amazing: 7 Steps to Create the Life You Deserve.” We talked about her time in the military, …

EP. 134 - LaShanya Aikerson

December 23rd, 2020


LaShanya Aikerson is an expert in change management and owner of her own consultancy. I’ve heard the term change management before, but I don’t think …

EP. 133 - Digital transformation expert Fawad Khan

December 16th, 2020


Fawad Khan is an expert in digital transformation. He’s also an adjunct professor and author of the e-book, “Enterprise Digital Transformation: A …

EP. 132 - Systems engineer Barclay Brown

December 9th, 2020


Barclay Brown is a systems engineer. I actually attended a meeting of the International Council on Systems Engineering in San Diego once, but am still a bit unsure as to what systems engineering is. I certainly asked …

EP. 131 - Shailvi Wakhlu, data analytics expert

December 3rd, 2020


An engineer turned data analytics expert, Shailvi Wakhlu and I talked about her transition to data analytics, the definition of data analytics (I admit I had no clue) and the preparation she puts into her talks (it's …

EP. 130 - Life coach Gina Covarrubias

December 1st, 2020


Gina Covarrubias is the founder of Deliberate Doing LLC, coaching unfulfilled technical professionals to figure out what they want their lives to …

EP. 129 Dr. Kelly Korreck

November 24th, 2020


Dr. Kelly Korreck is a woman of many talents. She’s an astrophysicist, speaker, project manager, and science advisor.  Her work involves building and …

EP. 128 - Dr. Sarah Bearchell

November 19th, 2020


Dr. Sarah Bearchell is a freelance science writer and presenter. As a writer, she writes for children’s magazines. As a presenter, she speaks mostly to teachers and other science communication professionals, and also …

EP. 127 - Professionalism matters with Dana Brownlee

November 17th, 2020


Dana Brownlee is the president of Professionalism Matters and the author of "The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up: Project Management Techniques from …

EP. 126 - Tech conference organizer Nur Lee Harel

November 12th, 2020


Nur Lee Harel is the CEO of EventHandler. She has put on dozens of large scale tech conferences. She has also spoken on how to become a tech speaker and personal branding. We spoke about how she got into her line of …

EP. 125 - IT leader, author, speaker, and podcaster John Rouda

November 10th, 2020


John Rouda is an IT leader, author, professor, and speaker. He’s also the host of the A Geek Leader podcast. We spoke about his various interests, especially the podcast, and his journey with public speaking. 

To learn …

EP. 124 - STEM advocate Dr. Natoshia Anderson

November 5th, 2020


Dr. Natoshia Anderson is a STEM educator, consultant, trainer, podcast host, and professional speaker. She founded Smart STEM, LLC, a STEM education …

EP. 123 - Podcaster and engineer Oscar Santolalla

November 3rd, 2020


Oscar Santolalla is a podcaster, author, and engineer. On his podcast, Time to Shine, he has interviewed over 150 people on public speaking. He is …

EP. 122 - Coach, author, and speaker Karen Catlin

October 29th, 2020


Karen Catlin is a former VP in tech, leadership coach, speaker, author, and advocate for inclusion in the workplace. She also mentors students on their career goals. We talked about her interests in women entering and …

EP. 121 - Adeola Gbinkaro

October 27th, 2020


I read about my guest, Adeola Gbakinro, since she was a speaker at the recent WonderWomenTech conference. She studied Biomedical Science. She’s a …

EP. 120 - Of Course Global's Rinat Sherzer

October 22nd, 2020


I read about my guest, Rinat Sherzer, in an article listing the top 40 women keynote speakers of 2020. I watched her TEDx talk, too. In addition to being a speaker, she is a social entrepreneur, adjunct professor, …

EP. 119 - Trainer and coach Jennifer Braganza

October 20th, 2020


My guest today is Jennifer Braganza. Process improvement. Product design. Project management. Jennifer has done it all. I was really interested to learn more about her speaking exploits, though, as she has taught in …

EP. 118 - Diversily's Marissa Ellis

October 15th, 2020


My guest today is Marissa Ellis. She is founder of Diversily, a consultancy that offers courses and workshops on diversity, inclusion, and …

EP. 117 - Facebook's Caitlin Kalinowski

October 13th, 2020


My guest today is Caitlin Kalinowski. She is the Director of Hardware for Facebook’s AR/VR division. She is also a guest lecturer at Stanford …

EP. 116 - Singer turned speaker Shola Kaye

October 8th, 2020


My guest today is Shola Kaye. She was an IT consultant. She was a singer. She’s now a speaker, author, and coach – working primarily in the STEM …

EP. 115 - Tech Savvy Women's JJ Digeronimo

October 6th, 2020


My guest today is JJ DiGeronimo. She is a bunch of things. Speaker, author, advisor - all under the umbrella of her company, Tech Savvy Women. We spoke about her former life working in tech, her company, and her public …

EP. 114 - TurningScience's David Giltner

October 1st, 2020


My guest today is David Giltner. Engineering, marketing, sales: he has done quite a bit in industry. His current venture is TurningScience, helping scientists and engineers build careers in industry. We spoke about …

EP. 113 - Aviation consultant Jill Meyers

September 29th, 2020


My guest today is Jill Meyers. Jill started out in the Air Force, moved into private industry while staying in aviation, and eventually started her …

EP. 112 - Erin Gallimore

September 24th, 2020


My guest today, Erin Gallimore, was a middle school science teacher. She then went back to school to earn a MS in Civil Engineering. She was then an …

EP. 111 - D&I champion Dr. Andrea Bowens-Jones

September 22nd, 2020


My guest today is Andrea Bowens-Jones. She is a consultant, coach, trainer, and speaker. She’s also a champion for diversity and inclusion.  We …

EP. 110 - Science communicator Celia Du

September 17th, 2020


My guest today is Celia Du. She is serious about science communication. So much so that she got a Master’s degree in it. We talked about her path to science communication, the challenges, and her future plans.

Find out …

EP. 109 - Priyanka Komala of the CurryUp Startup podcast

September 15th, 2020


My guest today is Priyanka Komala. She has a number of degrees and a number of interests, too. The main one I was curious to learn about was her podcast, the Curryup Startup podcast, in which she spotlights the careers …

EP. 108 - Science communicator Dr. Krishana Sankar

September 10th, 2020


My guest today is Dr. Krishana Sankar. Earning a PhD in Physiology, she is now a science communicator. We spoke about about how she came to science …

EP. 107 - Laurie Wallmark

September 8th, 2020


My guest today is Laurie Wallmark. She was a computer science professor and software engineer. The next logical step? Children’s book author, of course. We talked about about what led her from computers to children’s …

EP. 106 - Paolo Gaudiano

September 3rd, 2020


My guest today is Paolo Gaudiano. He is all things Diversity and Inclusion. He has a startup, Aleria, a non-profit, Aleria Research Corporation, and …

EP. 105 - Tiffany Dawson

September 1st, 2020


My guest today is Tiffany Dawson, a career coach for women in STEM. After working in the construction industry, she changed careers and is now devoted to helping women build the careers they want. She’s also the host of …

EP. 104 - Ade McCormack

August 27th, 2020


My guest today is Ade McCormack. He has lived a few lives already. Starting out as a software engineer, he moved into coaching, writing books and articles for publications, as well as being a professional speaker. I was …

EP. 103 - Heather Wilde

August 25th, 2020


My guest today is Heather Wilde, who is a CTO and coach for technology leaders. She has worked in many industries, including travel, healthcare, and …

EP. 102 - Shinjini Das

August 20th, 2020


My guest today is Shinjini Das. She is the CEO and founder of The Das Media Group, encouraging her supporters, called go getters, to pursue their goals. Since graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering, she has …

EP. 101 - Chris DeWitt

August 18th, 2020


My guest today is Chris DeWitt. He worked in Engineering for several years before transitioning into business development. His business, One2One Leaders, offers training and mentoring to engineers. We spoke about his …

EP. 100 - Jasmine Sadler

August 13th, 2020


My guest today is Jasmine Sadler. After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering and her MBA, she now heads the STEAM Collaborative, an initiative …

EP. 99 - Liz Parry

August 11th, 2020


My guest today is Elizabeth Parry, a STEAM education advocate. She has authored several papers on the matter and even earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics mentoring in …

EP. 98 - Malika Grayson

August 6th, 2020


My guest today is systems engineer Malika Grayson. She’s a speaker, soon to be author, and blogger. We chatted about her job (I had no idea what systems engineering meant), her book, and speaking endeavors (her mom was …

EP. 97 - April Edwards

August 4th, 2020


My guest today is software engineer April Edwards. I learned about April from listening to another podcast, Lisa on the Edge. Her story sounded so interesting, I wanted to speak with her myself, especially about how she …

EP. 96 - Feedback...again

July 30th, 2020


Last week, I talked about feedback. This week, I talk about feedback and eye contact. 


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EP. 95 - Public speaking tips at conferences

July 28th, 2020


You're at a conference, listening to a talk. The presenter...absolutely sucks. He's reading the slides. His voice is monotone. He's not looking at …

EP. 94 - Melissa Cristina Marquez

July 21st, 2020


Today, my guest is Melissa Cristina Marquez. She is a lot of things: marine biologist, speaker, and writer.  While she got her undergraduate degree …

EP. 93 - Get feedback to get better

July 16th, 2020


I offer some thoughts on the importance of receiving feedback from others to improve in public speaking. 


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EP. 92 - Justin Key

July 14th, 2020


Justin Key, my guest today, has an interesting story. He got his degree in Math, and is now an actor.  He’s also author of the book, “Mind Control: …

EP. 91 - Aisha Lawrey

July 9th, 2020


My guest today, Aisha Lawrey, is an advocate for Engineering, having worked as a Director of Engineering education and currently working as a Director for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. We …

EP. 90 - Elizabeth Payne

July 7th, 2020


Today’s guest, Elizabeth Payne, trained in Chemical Engineering, but she’s also an empowerment coach. I learned about what she does as an empowerment coach, and also how she went from engineer to coach. 

Find out more …

EP. 89 - Mike Roberts of San Diego Code School

July 2nd, 2020


My guest today, Mike Roberts, started the San Diego Code School to offer an affordable means for people to learn coding. It now serves to place …

EP. 88 - Scott Hanselman

June 30th, 2020


My guest today, Scott Hanselman, works for Microsoft with its web platform team. He’s also a teacher and speaker and host of podcasts and a YouTube channel.  I spoke about how she got into software engineering, his …

EP. 87 - Tyrone Jacobs, Jr.

June 25th, 2020


Today’s guest, Tyrone Jacobs, Jr., is an electrical engineer and speaker. He is also heavily involved in the National Society of Black Engineers …

EP. 86 - Assata Worrell

June 23rd, 2020


My guest today, Assata Caldwell Worrell, has a job unlike anyone I’ve had on the channel. She is a medical and scientific illustrator, the found of Legacy BioStudios. Instead of verbal communication, she’s about visual …

EP. 85 - Mathew Picardal

June 18th, 2020


My guest today, Mathew Picardal, is a Civil Engineer who hosts his own YouTube channel, Structural Engineering Life. The goal of the channel is to help engineers with technical, business and soft skills. He also …

EP. 84 - Sandy Williams

June 16th, 2020


My guest today, Sandy Williams, is the President and Founder of Access Biomedical Solutions. With a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Sandy helps …

EP. 83 - Speaking millennial...

June 11th, 2020


The Financial Times had an interesting article on speaking millennial. I almost didn't finish it...

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EP. 82 - Add some routine to your life!

June 9th, 2020


Want to improve your public speaking? Consider adding some routine!


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EP. 81 - Speak on what you know

June 4th, 2020


People often get stressed out about public speaking. But when you know your subject well, it becomes less stressful. Today's video talks about that. 

EP. 80 - Terry Suffredini

June 2nd, 2020


My guest today, Terry Suffredini, is the Engineer’s Coach. She helps engineers figure out what they want their careers to be, then helps them develop a plan to make it happen. We spoke about her motivation to become a …

EP. 79 - Boost your confidence when public speaking

May 28th, 2020


Want to increase your confidence when public speaking? I reviewed this article by Chris Dunn in Entrepreneur magazine that explains how to do just that. 

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EP. 78 - 3 Public Speaking Tips You've Probably Never Thought About

May 26th, 2020


Inc. Magazine and Rhett Power have some invaluable things to say about public speaking. Check out the article at


EP. 77 - A word on being petrified when public speaking

May 21st, 2020


I reviewed an article I read entitled, "If You’re Petrified of Giving a Presentation, Read This." Some pretty good nuggets.

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EP. 76 - Louvere Walker-Hannon

May 19th, 2020


While I personally don’t have the patience for programming, Louvere Walker-Hannon does, as she is a senior applications engineer at Mathworks, the maker of MATLAB. She does speaking, too, and has presented at several …

EP. 75 - Mel Butcher

May 12th, 2020


Mel Butcher has an interesting story. She got a degree in French Language and Literature, then went back to school to study Civil Engineering. In …

EP. 74 - Shoots Veis

May 7th, 2020


Shoots Veis is an engineer and a public speaking advocate. In fact, he wrote a whole book about public speaking, called Public Speaking for …

EP. 73 - Jenny Sivie

May 5th, 2020


Apart from her job at Johnson Controls, Jenny Sivie is a speaker, teaching kids the importance of STEM.  We spoke about her own journey in STEM, the …

EP. 72 - Jennifer Swanson

April 30th, 2020


Jennifer Swanson is a speaker and author of over 40 children’s books with STEM themes. She also founded KidLiteracy, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving children's literacy, and created STEM Tuesday, a weekly blog …

EP. 71 - Olli Wueseke

April 28th, 2020


Olli Wueseke is a Director of R&D for a biotech company and a fervent supporter of science communication. Holding a PhD in Molecular Biology, we …

EP. 70 - Lauren Hasson of DevelopHer

April 23rd, 2020


Lauren Hasson is a software engineer who is devoted to helping female engineers get the most out of their careers. Her company, DevelopHer, is proof of that. She also offers a course called NegotiatHer that helps female …

EP. 69 - An SBA employee breaks down programs available during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 20th, 2020


To put it plainly, COVID-19 is screwing over many people. Companies are going under. People are losing their jobs. We’re all stuck inside. We’re wearing masks everywhere we go. It all can seem so defeating. The …

EP. 68 - Aditya Guthey

April 16th, 2020


My guest today, Aditya Guthey, was a software engineer for several years before becoming a coach to engineers and podcaster. We spoke about his life in software engineering, his transition to coach for engineers, and …

EP. 67 - Barbara Khozam

April 14th, 2020


Barbara Khozam, starting out her career as a chemist, now works as a professional speaker who speaks primarily on customer service. We chatted about her transition from chemistry, the service she provides to companies, …

EP. 66 - Nitasha Syed

April 9th, 2020


My guest today, Nitasha Syed, studied computer science and is now works as a product manager. I was interested to find out how she came to computer science, her road to becoming a product manager, and how public …

EP. 65 - Adam Malofsky

April 7th, 2020


Adam Malofsky is a speaker and the Managing Director of Elemence LLC, which consults with a variety of industries.  We spoke about his job as a …

EP. 64 - How to market and sell during these crazy times with sales consultant Meri Birhane

April 2nd, 2020


Because people are losing their jobs left and right, society doesn’t have the spending power it once had. But businesses want to keep making money so they can stay open and retain their employees. How do you go about …

EP. 63 - Kim Stuck

March 31st, 2020


Kim Stuck is the Founder and CEO of Allay Cannabis Consulting, a consultancy that helps cannabis sellers with cannabis compliance. I was very …

EP. 62 - Job search strategies with recruiter Ronald Childs

March 30th, 2020


The Coronavirus pandemic is putting a lot of people out of work. What now? Ronald Childs and I talked about applying for jobs, resumes, interviewing, …

EP. 61 - Landi James

March 26th, 2020


Landi James is a software engineer who is community minded. In addition to her work at FDA, she founded the DNAwesome STEM club to promote STEM primarily to minority students. We chatted about her interest in computers, …

EP. 60 - Tamara Baynham

March 24th, 2020


My guest today, Dr. Tamara Baynham, is an engineer who, after working in clinical research for many years, started her own consultancy.  We talked …

EP. 59 - Adi Mopidevi

March 17th, 2020


I heard my guest, Adi Mopidevi, speak at an event, and really liked his slides, so much so that I wanted to have him on the channel. Adi has a background in computer science, he started as a developer and is now a CTO. …

EP. 58 - Raven Baxter

March 12th, 2020


Raven Baxter has an interesting story. Even though she now is a college science teacher, molecular scientist, and doctoral researcher, she once was a …

EP. 57 - Robert Kennedy III

March 10th, 2020


Robert Kennedy III, a Biology major, worked as a science teacher for several years. He even did instructional design for a time. He now is a …

EP. 56 - Bob Brumm

March 5th, 2020


Bob Brumm is the Encouragement Engineer. Whether he is addressing salespeople or college students, his goal is to turn negative beliefs into …

EP. 55 - Stacey DelVecchio

March 3rd, 2020


Stacey DelVecchio, a chemical engineer by training, worked for years in additive manufacturing, a fancy name for 3D printing. She is also a past president of the Society of Women Engineers. We chatted about what …

EP. 54 - Warwick Merry

February 27th, 2020


Warwick Merry got degrees in computing and accounting, but that isn't where he stayed. He now does coaching, consulting, speaking, and training. How …

EP. 53 - Dylan Reid

February 25th, 2020


Dylan Reid is a mechanical engineer and host of the Engineer Soft Skills podcast. The goal of the podcast is to help engineers with developing skills …

EP. 52 - Kara Diane Festa

February 20th, 2020


Kara Diane Festa, a civil engineer by training, worked as a consultant for 20 years. She now coaches women in Engineering and other traditionally …

EP. 51 - Brittany Dougherty

February 18th, 2020


Brittany Dougherty is a civil engineer whose focus is land development. She told me that her discipline isn’t too popular in school, so I was …

EP. 50 - Storytelling matters

February 13th, 2020


In this video, I talk about using storytelling to keep an audience's attention. I know that I never used to consider storytelling when giving technical presentations. I do now! 


EP. 49 - Fear of public speaking

February 11th, 2020


The Balance offers some great tips on overcoming the fear of public speaking. There are 7 of them. I talk about them in the video. 

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EP. 48 - Tony Munson

February 6th, 2020


Tony Munson, is a software engineer who has spent the last 16 years developing software professionally for various companies including Agilent …

EP. 47 - Jonna Gerken

February 4th, 2020


Jonna Gerken has a title I’ve never heard of before: Deputy Global Transitions Manager. I found out what that means. We also talked about her advocacy work with SWE and how public speaking factors into that.

Check her …

EP. 46 - When it comes to public speaking, don't do this!

January 30th, 2020


I read this article on public speaking, and while there were 20 tips, one really stood out. I talk about it. 

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EP. 45 - Shelly Gruenig

January 28th, 2020


Dr. Shelly Gruenig is the founder of Be Greater than Average, an organization that hosts workshops and camps for students that encourage STEM. She’s also the founder of R4Robotics, a robotics team for students. As if …

EP. 44 - Nicole Price

January 23rd, 2020


Nicole Price worked as a chemical engineer for many years, but decided that leadership training and coaching was her bag, so she started her company, …

EP. 43 - Deborah Coviello

January 21st, 2020


Today my guest is Deb Coviello. Armed with a BS in Biomedical Engineering, she uses her extensive knowledge in Quality and Continuous Improvement to help companies grow. We chatted about her speaking work with American …

EP. 42 - Maynard Okereke

January 16th, 2020


Maynard Okereke is a man of many talents. A civil engineer by training, he’s also a science communicator, developing Hip Hop Science, which fuses music and science to engage the general public. In addition, he has his …

EP. 41 - Jared Arms and Nick Suell

January 14th, 2020


Jared, a 2nd time guest, stopped by with his associate, Nick Suell, to talk about the exciting things has been up to since his last visit. …

EP. 40 - Moiya McTier

January 9th, 2020


My guest, Moiya McTier, is pursuing a PhD in Astronomy. She doesn’t just do science, though, she speaks about it, too. And adds comedy to it somehow. …

EP. 39 - Iris Wagstaff

January 7th, 2020


I was keen to speak with Iris Wagstaff based on her work at American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her job is to increase participation in STEM, quite the undertaking. I was interested to find out more …

EP. 38 - What do knee bends have to do with public speaking?

January 2nd, 2020


I comment on an article by Brian Tracy listing ways to overcome the fear of public speaking. Knee bends are involved somehow...

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EP. 37 - Dorie Clark wrote an article about tips on public speaking. One of them stands out from the rest.

December 31st, 2019


Written by Dorie Clark; tip by Mike Michalowicz; approved by Teach The Geek 

Full article at

EP. 36 - Grammar hacks for public speaking?

December 26th, 2019


Here are my thoughts on an article I read by Amy George writing for Inc. Magazine. I never really thought of grammar when it came to public speaking, …

EP. 35 - Teach the Geek Tuesdays - authenticity wins the day

December 24th, 2019


Betty Liu, writing for Inc Magazine, offers 10 tips to become a better public speaker. But it's tip #7 that really resonated with me. Check out the …

EP. 34 - Matt Johnson

December 19th, 2019


Matt Johnson studied neuroscience, got a PhD, and works as a professor. He also had an interest in business, though, and found a way to merge the two. He's now penning a book about it, due out in 2020. I chatted with …

EP. 33 - Tiffani Teachey

December 17th, 2019


Mechanical engineer Tiffani Teachey and I both want everyone to know that STEM is for everyone. To that end, we both put out children's books. Her book, What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z, calls out various STEM …

EP. 32 - Harvard has you covered when it comes to public speaking!

December 13th, 2019


An article from the Harvard Extension School by Marjorie North goes over tips to improve in public speaking. I talk about a few of them in the video. …

EP. 31 - Teach the Geek Tuesdays - breathing and posture

December 10th, 2019


Don't pass out before a speech! Get some posture and breathing advice from a Harvard Business Review article by Allison Shapira of Global Public Speaking LLC.

EP. 30 - Forbes has some good public speaking tips!

December 8th, 2019


IESE Business School article written by Conor Neill in Forbes has some great tips on public speaking. 12 tips to be exact! Check out the article at

EP. 29 - Teach the Geek Tuesdays - Common words, please

December 8th, 2019


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EP. 28 - My first solo video (more to come)

December 8th, 2019


A guest didn't show up for the scheduled interview time, so I decided to do a solo video on timing presentations. It got me thinking that I should do …

EP. 27 - Michael Benjamin

December 8th, 2019


Chemical engineer Michael Benjamin was a presenter at the 2019 Professional Development Conference of the National Society of Black Engineers. His presentation was on being debt free at 23 (can you relate?). He’s also …

EP. 26 - Steve Buchanan

December 8th, 2019


Steve Buchanan works as a Group Manager at Avanade, is a Microsoft MVP, and maintains a technology blog, Buchatech. We talked about what a Microsoft …

EP. 25 - Claude Jones

December 8th, 2019


Claude Jones is a man of many talents. His day job is as the site lead at WalMart Labs, but he is also the founder San Diego Tech Hub, the Elevate Foundation, and the Practical Leadership Guy. His talent for tech and …

EP. 24 - David Goldberg

December 8th, 2019


I learned about David Goldberg after watching his TEDx talk. He’s lead quite an interesting life. A PhD in civil engineering who ended up being a …

EP. 23 - Sol Rosenbaum

December 8th, 2019


Sol Rosenbaum is an engineer who cares deeply about public speaking for engineers, among other things. According to him, networking, personal …

EP. 22 - Stephanie Slocum

December 8th, 2019


Stephanie Slocum is a professional engineer and the founder of Engineers Rising. She’s the author of “She Engineers: Outsmart Bias, Unlock your Potential, and Create the Engineering Career of your Dreams.” She started …

EP. 21 - Luis Martinez

December 8th, 2019


Luis Martinez is a veteran, a basketball player, an organization leadership expert, and a founder. He’s deeply entrenched in the entrepreneurship community in San Diego, as he heads diversity for San Diego Startup Week, …

EP. 20 - Ayori Selassie

December 8th, 2019


Ayori "Selfpreneur" Selassie was a panelist at the 2018 Blacks in Tech conference. She spoke with such gravitas on the panel that I knew I wanted to interview her.

After rebuffing a guidance counselor's advice to study …

EP. 19 - Pat Sweet

December 8th, 2019


Much like one of my former guests, Andrew Kelley, Patrick Sweet is an engineer with business savvy. A bachelor’s in electrical engineering and a MBA are proof of that. I came across Patrick via another former guest, …

EP. 18 - Nehemiah Mabry

December 8th, 2019


Dr. Nehemiah Mabry is smart. He has a PhD in Structural engineering from NC State. Dr. Nehemiah Mabry is a worker. He works as a bridge design engineer. But did you know he got bars, too? He’s a STEM poet, weaving his …

EP. 17 - Andrew Kelley

December 8th, 2019


While I wasn’t able to attend his presentation, Andrew Kelley was a presenter at the inaugural Blacks in Technology conference. He was speaking on …

EP. 16 - Kanika Tolver

December 8th, 2019


As a professional coach, Kanika Tolver gets her greatest joy from helping people realize who they are and where they wish to be. She does her work as …

EP. 15 - Tracy Fanara

December 8th, 2019


Dr. Tracy Fanara took her love of science from the lab to in front of the camera. In addition to being the Manager of the Environmental Health Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory, she has been featured on shows …

EP. 14 - Jared Arms

December 8th, 2019


Jared Arms is the founder and CEO of, which, among other things, partners with 60 companies across the US to help reduce gun violence and …

EP. 13 - Chloe Condon

December 8th, 2019


From developing characters to Developer Evangelist, Chloe Condon has made quite a transition. Once a stage actor, she now works in the tech field. Listen in as we discuss her journey.   

To learn more about Chloe, …

EP. 12 - Margot Wohl

December 8th, 2019


Grad student. Podcaster. TEDx speaker. These descriptors definitely apply to Margot Wohl. You know what else describes her? Delightful guest on my …

EP. 11 - Stephanie Espy

December 8th, 2019


Girls are underrepresented in STEM. Chemical Engineer Stephanie Espy is trying to change that. Her book, STEM Gems, exposes girls to 44 different STEM professionals. She also runs MathSP, providing math and science …

Ep. 10 - Tom Schwab

December 8th, 2019


If you want to be a guest on a podcast, it can be a chore to find appropriate podcasts. Tom Schwab and his company, Interview Valet, eliminate that problem by matching podcast guests to podcasts.   I enjoyed talking to …

Ep. 9 - April Wensel

December 8th, 2019


Programmers can be jerks sometimes. April Wensel is looking to change that with her company, Compassionate Coding. She provides keynotes and workshops on emotional intelligence and its importance in improving …

Ep. 8 - Stephanie Humphrey

December 8th, 2019


Stephanie Humphrey is a unicorn. She worked as an engineer for over a decade and then gave it up a life in front of the camera. She’s a technology …

Ep. 7 - Jay Miller

December 8th, 2019


Jay Miller’s story is an interesting one. After dropping out of college and giving up on a career as a musician, he joined the military as a data …

Ep. 6 - Anthony Fasano

December 8th, 2019


Anthony Fasano is a civil engineer, a professional engineer and the founder of the Engineering Management Institute.  It’s a company focused on helping engineers become effective leaders through content and corporate …

Ep. 5 - Joon Han

December 8th, 2019


Business strategy expert Joon S. Han, founded Better San Diego, a strategic alignment company, and served as its strategy specialist until recently retiring from active client work to focus on helping small businesses …

Ep. 4 - Jessica Santana

December 8th, 2019


Jessica am an entrepreneur, technologist, writer and philanthropist who is passionate about people, products and building community. In 2014, she …

Ep. 3 - Sasha Alston

December 8th, 2019


Sasha Ariel Alston, known as the STEM Queen, is the author of the children’s book "Sasha Savvy Loves to Code". From Washington, DC, she is a college …

Ep. 2 - Thomas Anderson

December 8th, 2019


Thomas A. Anderson is a a licensed Mechanical Engineer with 10 years of experience that enjoys helping other engineers improve and discover their communication skills to obtain the career of their dreams. I use my …

EP. 1 - Justin Shaifer

December 8th, 2019


About Justin Shaifer -  A NASA and NOAA scholarship recipient, Justin Shaifer graduated with the highest GPA in his Marine and Environmental Science …

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