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You see other people with great testimonials and wonder how they made that happen. It seems really hard to get people to write great comments about you or your business even when you are delivering incredible work. How can you make this happen for you? Also, you might think that because you are a working professional, you don't need testimonials li…
 
Are you missing the people you need to succeed? It might be time to upgrade your network or build one from scratch. Phil Yanov & Scott Pfeiffer give you a framework for building a powerful social and professional network. Join us for gold-standard professional networking online at Networking Over Coffee. See all of our upcoming events: https://tech…
 
This is a deep cut. It's an episode from November 2014 of the Your Day radio show which ran for 14 years on South Carolina Public radio. At one point on that show, Eric Rogers and Phil Yanov would co-host a technology call in. The pace was relaxed and fun. There was quite a bit of good natured banter between the calls. It was Car Talk, but about te…
 
Do you need to build a professional network, a society, a group, or an email list of likely customers and you are starting with nothing? It can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't need to be. In this episode, Phil and Scott get you directionally correct on building a list of your own. If you need help with growing, this is a great place to start. Joi…
 
There are two kinds of businesses in the world, and one of them has transferrable value. That means you can sell it to someone and actually get paid something for it. If you want a business like that, you have to plan ahead. There are key decisions you have to get right so that you don't lose out. This week, Phil Yanov interviews our co-host, Scott…
 
We open with an incredible statistic on the need for Open Source Talent. If you are looking for new opportunities in IT, Open Source has lots of paths for you — and it comes with an incredible community. Phil Yanov and Todd Lewis talk about the incredible opportunities in Open Source and how you can leverage the upcoming All Things Open event to me…
 
At Networking Over Coffee, Julie Kunkle from the South Carolina Department of Commerce talked to us about the upcoming Relentless Challenge Grant. It's a program that supports entrepreneurship in SC by helping organizations launch pilot projects. Learn more about the Relentless Challenge Grant: https://bit.ly/rc22NOFO Networking Over Coffee: https:…
 
This is a conversation from Networking Over Coffee. Phil Yanov interviews Chris Lockhart about the career move he made to leave his corporate gig and enter consulting. He's never looked back and he's got advice and guidance for people who might be looking for the flexibility and challenge of working in the consulting space. Are you in corporate IT …
 
Now is the perfect time to make a plan. It looks like the world is changing again. New opportunities are emerging. Are you ready? Ho do you get rid of the ideas you've been carrying and make the plan that catapults you forward. You can do this. You've learned some new lessons. How do you decide what will work for you in 2021? (Answer: Listen to thi…
 
Christina Eanes (LI) is a former FBI violent crime analyst and senior manager, now author, speaker, podcast and YouTube channel host. Christina specializes in superachieving and is on a mission to help others achieve more. Christina’s newest book, Life is an Escape Room: Applying Lessons Learned from Successful Escapeletes to Achieving More in Life…
 
Few people have done as much in their tech career as Shellye Archambeau. Her resume includes CEO, Silicon Valley leader, Board member for Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies and Okta Inc. She is hard driving, objective driven, and has used her laser focus on getting her goals accomplished... for multiple organizations. We talk to Shellye about h…
 
"It's never been a better time to be a Stoic" - Brittany Polat Dr. Brittany Polat, author of "Tranquility Parenting: A Guide to Staying Calm, Mindful, and Engaged" joins us to talk about Stoic parenting. It turns out that ancient philosophy has some great ideas on how to bring wisdom and calm to modern parenting. It is practical advice you can use …
 
My mother told me not to talk to strangers. It turns out that it's not great advice for an adult. More talking with people outside of our circles leads us to better places. Kio Stark is the author of When Strangers Meet. She challenged herself and she challenges us to expand our circles and defy that advice we got as kids. Kio Stark is the author o…
 
This is the last of our 2020 episodes. What did we do? What did we learn? What comes next? Are you on the Tech After Five mailing list? http://eepurl.com/KLhj Looking to connect with Carol Hamilton? Look for her on LinkedIn. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolhamiltonlive/) Scott Pfeiffer helps entrepreneurs succeed and partnerships thrive @ Mind Yo…
 
So... You're thinking about writing a book. Does this process seem too big to get started? Are you having trouble with a framework to capture all of your ideas? Are you afraid nobody will read it? You might be stuck on the wrong questions. In this episode of the Tech After Five podcast, Scott reveals that his thinking on writing a book has changed.…
 
It's time for you to Breakout! There are brand new features in Zoom, especially the new user driven Breakout Rooms. We talk about what's possible and how we are already using it at Tech After Five! This episode includes a brief recap of our virtual Gadgetfest as well! Are you on the Tech After Five mailing list? http://eepurl.com/KLhj Scott Pfeiffe…
 
Zoom fatigued? Maybe it's because people aren't using the tool in a way that respects you, the audience. Why do people join a video call and then not take advantage of the video? How can you organize a meeting people will enjoy? How can you get more out of meetings by using the tool better? Can you help educate your fellow Zoomers? In this episode …
 
Is there an overriding Philosophy for IT Professionals? Does being in tech drive us toward Determinism or even Objectivism? We need a practical philosophy. Do the Ancient Greeks or Classical Roman Stoics have an answer? In this episode, we discuss the question and we look for answers in the Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov and others. Can we save Sa…
 
Gratitude is a powerful tool for changing our attitude and life. It can make small changes quickly and when practiced regularly it can reorient us to accomplishing more and finding contentment. This isn't just a feel good move. The idea of purposefully expressing gratitude in a specific way changes us. This idea has clear connections to the ancient…
 
We flipped the tables on this episode. Scott Pfeiffer asks Phil Yanov the questions. How did Tech After Five get started? Why does it exist? How did it grow to multiple cities? How did we make it to 600 events? What's next? We've got the stories. Listen in. Are you on the Tech After Five mailing list? http://eepurl.com/KLhj Scott Pfeiffer helps ent…
 
Whether you’re having your annus mirabilis or annus horribilus, you probably can get benefit from reflection. How do you do that? You write it down. There are lots of great techniques for this, and we have tried several. In this episode of the podcast we start with the benefits of journaling and then cover some of the methods that have worked best …
 
Some of the rules we have for ourselves just don't work for us. In fact, they are keeping us from being content. They are keeping us from getting where we want to go. If that's you, you might need better rules. Where do you get them from? We start in a simple place and then encourage you to explore. Jefferson's Ten Rules to Live By: https://ta5.us/…
 
We are about to celebrate Tech After Five #600, so we thought we'd plan a a party. Care to help? Listen in and tell us what you think! Are you on the Tech After Five mailing list? http://eepurl.com/KLhj Looking to connect with Carol Hamilton? Look for her on LinkedIn. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolhamiltonlive/) Scott Pfeiffer helps entrepreneu…
 
We love Open Source. It’s an incredible piece of the IT industry that brings together both an incredible range of technical disciplines with a unique sense of community. As Todd Lewis points out in this interview, Open Source presents a great on-ramp for IT careers. Whether you are new, mid-career looking for a pivot, or just want to learn more abo…
 
Think of yourself as an Introvert? Wondering how someone like you can build a strong network of friends, colleagues, and associates but feel awkward or uncomfortable around others? You are not alone. As an Introvert, you have to come up with new ways to talk to others and meet new people. We've got an expert for that. Nick Shelton is the best selli…
 
Did you know that there are resources online where you can learn to write software for free? Whether its Front End Development, HTML, CSS, Javascript, React, Java, or Ruby on Rails, there are programs, now online with SCCodes.org. Whether you are a new developer or wanting to build up your skills for your next career transition, there are classes a…
 
We want to talk about distractions. And eliminating them. And getting ourselves focused. So we did. Are you on the Tech After Five mailing list? http://eepurl.com/KLhj Looking to connect with Carol Hamilton? Look for her on LinkedIn. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolhamiltonlive/) Scott Pfeiffer helps entrepreneurs succeed and partnerships thrive …
 
Ever heard about the Six Thinking Hats? It’s a decision quality framework you can use to make better decisions. We’ve all been in situations where groups (or even just us) make poor quality decisions because we failed to take into account other options, or we didn’t check the data. There is an established tool for helping us avoid these problems. I…
 
We think you can organize your networking plan. There are tools you can use to focus your efforts. One class of these tools is called "personal knowledge management." To introduce us to the idea and a couple of tools that we'd never spent any time with, we brought in Sandra Halling of The Data Mavens. She helps her clients come up with a plan to us…
 
The Carolinas' Premier Gathering of Entrepreneurs & Venture Capitalists is September 15-17. It's three, half day events filled with learning and an exciting first look at a number of companies looking for funding in a Shark Tank like event. We wanted to learn more about who should be there and why, so we asked conference director Alex Estevez to te…
 
Are your Zoom meetings even harder than regular meetings used to be? Does it seem like the wrong people are in the “room” and nobody can figure out how to pay attention? In business meetings, this can be a killer. Things don’t get done. Decisions aren’t made, and it’s all because we haven’t quite yet adapted to the new technology. You can do this. …
 
Looking for funding for your business? Want to promote to investors? Next Venture Pitch is coming up on September 15th, but you can apply until Friday, Aug 21. Listen for the details with Alex Estevez, Chair of the Next Venture Pitch. Apply at https://www.nextventurepitch.com/. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/techafterfive/message…
 
Have you got a big idea that's going nowhere? What are you afraid of? Something is holding you back. Do you know what it is? We reference a Stoic exercise, Premeditatio Malorum, which means premeditation of evils. Tim Ferriss did a TED talk proposing an exercise he calls Fear Setting. We take those ideas and discuss what's going on in our heads. Wh…
 
Kanika Tolver, author of How to Rehab Your Career is our special guest on this extra special edition of the Tech After Five podcast. Kanika Tolver says this is a great time to "Turn your Anxiety into Accomplishments." Yep. She opens strong. If you are in IT or wanting to get into IT or pivot your career, this IS the time to do it. She is a practici…
 
Are you trying to be useful? Do you know what that means? Is this why we are really here? This all started with a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Is that true? Does being useful make u…
 
Did you know you can update your job skills with practical knowledge even when you are working from home? Did you know that there is a path for employers to bring on employees into new roles while providing them with the skills training they need to be successful? The program at Arkansas Center for Data Sciences is bridging the gap for candidates a…
 
Are we done with shaking hands? We are worried about germs like we never have been before. A handshake was supposed to mean “you can trust me.” Now it feels like our hands might be unwitting biological weapons. What’s worse, we can’t even shake hands on a Zoom call. What are we to do? Are you on the Tech After Five mailing list? http://eepurl.com/K…
 
In this episode we talk about the routines that give us focus. We are trying to get the right things done. How do we get body, mind, and soul ready to do something big? It might be having the right morning routine might be the thing you need. But, it might not be morning. We've got space for night owls as well. Either way, having focusing routines …
 
Scott and Phil talk about going back to work in the office. How do we handle that? Why are we feeling differently about that? How do do our best to assess the risks? Also, a brief conversation on the transformation of businesses from heroics to systems thinking. Bonus… We hint at the upcoming availability of a time machine for one of our events you…
 
Unpacking the paradoxes of the way humans think is Dr. Rebecca Heiss’ life work. Her research has been designated “transformative” by the National Science Foundation. She taught at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and later was recruited to be among the founding faculty members to develop a startup school to nurture …
 
Today, Scott Pfeiffer and Phil Yanov interview Donald Robertson, author of “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor” for the Tech After Five podcast. Let me say… we are both excited about this. Robertson’s book was one of our favorite reads of last year and Phil says he's read the book several times now. "What does that have to do with tech" you might as…
 
To get started in most endeavors it’s best but not required that you be “directionally correct.” What is not required is for you to be perfect. Start. Evaluate. Iterate. After checking in, we talk about getting off our "buts" and getting started in our new projects. We've got some real opportunity in the moment. We talk about how to get yourself st…
 
We've got an exercise for you. It's time to rethink what comes next for you. How do you decide what you are going to carry with you? It can happen for lots of people in lots of ways, but right now, it's happened for everyone. Something big came along and mashed the reset button. It gave us a moment to think. We can reposition. We can approach what …
 
We've got a brand new program coming from Tech After Five. You've said you want more content. You want to meet and talk to experts from all over. We are going to make that happen. Want to know more? This is the episode for you. We've got someone special and unexpected in the episode! Check it out. Are you on the Tech After Five mailing list? http:/…
 
This week we do a friendly checkin and discuss some feedback we've gotten on our Zoom Interview show. We then talk about the benefits of a Mastermind and why now might be exactly the right time for you to get into a Mastermind to advance your career or business. How are businesses planning for back to work? Can you pull off the Thermometer Question…
 
We open up with a some observations about the week with us and our clients. The tech industry is chugging along. Businesses are beginning to think about what comes next and how they go back to work. But, still, we've got lots of concerns. How do we handle that? Advice from the Top Next up, we grab some of the lessons from top industry executives an…
 
We came across the blog post "It's Time To Build" by Marc Andreessen. He points out that we weren't prepared for a massive shock to our infrastructure. Why? We haven't been building resilience into our infrastructure. We are operating at max capacity almost all of the time. There is no buffer. Is now the time to build that buffer? We talk about tha…
 
The world keep moving and that means there are a lot of people we know who now are interviewing for their job and being hired with all of their contact via video conference. Since we frequently hear from people about getting the first step accomplished, they get the interview, but don’t make it beyond that, we thought we’d offer some help. We broug…
 
Tell us how you're doing in two words. We find out why it's important to check in on our friends and colleagues. Then, we talk about what we are learning and what is working for us in the middle of the response to the pandemic. What is Essential in your life? Has the coronavirus epidemic caused you to redetermine what's essential for you? We refere…
 
Small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses is a program with money to help during the disruption. How does the program work? How do we apply? What do we need to be careful about? We have qu…
 
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