Adelina Chalmers - The Geek Whisperer
"...and what you can do about it" is key to my work.
Geeks and non-geeks often clash not because they disagree, but because they speak very different languages. If they don’t figure each other out, they end up at cross-purposes.
I decode misunderstandings between engineers and commercial staff, then teach practical techniques to prevent them. The method has worked for everyone from CEOs to software developers and L&D professionals. I love to translate concepts into practical, in-the-moment techniques you can use to change the outcome of a meeting.
I always decoded abstract concepts into practical "how to's" when:
- I was on the East of England representative on the steering group which advised Equality Minister (Teresa May) on equality issues from the region.
- I advised the EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission) on the practical guidance to the Equality Act 2010
- I help Cambridge University STEM post-docs shape their abstract research into a business pitch for investment.
The name "Geek Whisperer" came from someone who observed me working with engineers and said: "I have never seen anyone connect with engineers like this. It's like you are a geek whisperer." I loved the name, but did not take it on until 5 years later because I worried it might sound patronising. After I spoke to countless engineers and scientists and asked their opinion, the vast majority (93%) said they loved the name and found it quirky, so she decided to take it on.
Geeks and non-geeks often clash not because they disagree, but because they speak very different languages. If they don’t figure each other out, they end up at cross-purposes. This is a disaster, not just for them, but for all the rest of us.
I believe the only people who can save the world from climate catastrophe and improve our lives are engineers and scientists. I want to change the world one engineer or scientist at a time. Their inventions and technology impact our lives every day. I want to do everything I can to help awesome, brilliant people with awesome brilliant solutions succeed! In order to succeed, they need to be able to collaborate with others. There's no question about that.