Adelina Chalmers - The Geek Whisperer
"...and what you can do about it" is key to my work.
It's easy to say "everyone should be nice to each other" the hard part is how to overcome challenging situations when people have diverging priorities.
I always decoded abstract concepts into practical "how to's" when:
- I was the East of England adviser to Theresa May when she was Equality Minister,
- 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.
I love to translate concepts into practical, in-the-moment techniques you can use to change the outcome of a meeting.
Geeks and non-geeks often clash not because they actually 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.
Software Developer Turned Actor
Antony is a Software Developer specialising in UX (User Experience) with improvised theatre expertise who in the training sessions helps re-play and recreate real work situations that are challenging to engineers.
Antony regularly helps Adelina at her workshops, playing the role of a software engineer or manager to help audiences practise the communication algorithms, protocols and formulas they learn. He uses his background in software development as well as improvised theatre and role play to build self-confidence, handle difficult conversations and reduce conflict by drawing on the real-work situations of participants. Because of his technology consultancy expertise, he understands the perspective of our audiences extremely well and helps them feel at ease.
Language and Behavioural Coach
Katherine works only on a 1:1 basis with software engineers and scientists to make their points clearly and non-controversially in situations at work when the stakes are high.
Katherine is one of just 550 people in the world to have mastered the LAB Profile. This conversational tool helps her pinpoint what triggers people’s motivations and impacts how they come across and speak.
She continually develops her speaking, listening and feedback skills as an active member of Toastmasters International where she has won several speaking and evaluation speech contests. Katherine brings together her public speaking and language and behavioural coaching experience to increase working professionals’ self-awareness and influencing skills.