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In STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? Struggle with public speaking? Then you're in the right place! I'm Neil Thompson, engineer and speaker. This is the place to 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 it. Think you or someone you know would make a great guest? Email me at hello@teachthegeek.com.

Teach the Geek Podcast - public speaking for technical professionals Neil Thompson

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In STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? Struggle with public speaking? Then you're in the right place! I'm Neil Thompson, engineer and speaker. This is the place to 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 it. Think you or someone you know would make a great guest? Email me at hello@teachthegeek.com.

    EP 231: Burt Dicht: Engineer and Historian

    EP 231: Burt Dicht: Engineer and Historian

    Burt Dicht: Engineer and Historian

    Burt Dicht is the first guest in Teach the Geek history to have an engineering degree and a history degree. I was definitely interested to find out how that came about. To label Burt’s working history as interesting would be an understatement. He has worked as a finance director for a congressman. And he has worked for two engineering associations, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. What motivated these career choices? Let's find out!

    To get in touch with Burt, email him at burt.dicht@nss.org.

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    EP. 230: Engineer and Professional Speaker Emily Nichols

    EP. 230: Engineer and Professional Speaker Emily Nichols

    Engineer and Professional Speaker Emily Nichols

    While Emily Nichols is a professional speaker, she didn't start out that way. For years, she worked as an engineer, but now her goal is to equip technical teams with human skills so they can be better problem solvers and leaders. We chatted about her life as an engineer, her transition to being a speaker, and the definition of human skills. 

    To learn more about Emily, visit emilynichols.com

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    EP. 229: Software engineer and podcaster Patrick Akil

    EP. 229: Software engineer and podcaster Patrick Akil

    Software engineer and podcaster Patrick Akil

    Patrick Akil is a software engineer and host of the Beyond Coding podcast. He got a degree in Information Studies. I'd never heard of such a degree, so I asked him about it. I also found out what drew him to software engineering and the motivation for starting his podcast. His views on public speaking was a topic of discussion, too. 

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    EP. 228: From the military to the speaking circuit with Dr. Jenn Donahue

    EP. 228: From the military to the speaking circuit with Dr. Jenn Donahue

    From the military to the speaking circuit with Dr. Jenn Donahue

    Dr. Jenn Donahue is a number of things. A retired US Navy captain. A civil engineer. A university lecturer. A motivational speaker. I think she even walks old ladies across streets in her spare time.  We spoke about her time in the military, her business JL Donahue Engineering, and her foray into motivational speaking.

    To learn more about her, visit jenndonahue.com

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    EP. 227: Developing creativity with Dr. Oana Velcu-Laitinen

    EP. 227: Developing creativity with Dr. Oana Velcu-Laitinen

    Developing creativity with Dr. Oana Velcu-Laitinen

    Dr. Oana Velcu-Laitinen is an academic turned solopreneur and author of the book “How to Develop your Creativity at Work”. She works with scientists and technology professionals on applying their creativity in their work. We chatted about her transition from academic to self-employment, her interest in creativity, and the ways she sees technical professionals using creativity in their work. 

    To learn more about her, email her at oana@velcu.fi

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    EP. 226: Engineering the San Diego tech scene with Neal Bloom

    EP. 226: Engineering the San Diego tech scene with Neal Bloom

    Engineering the San Diego tech scene with Neal Bloom

    Neal Bloom is an engineer turned marketer turned investor turned podcaster. He’s lived many lives, like a cat. He’s also a cheerleader for the San Diego tech community. We spoke about his lives as an engineer and marketer, primarily the reason for making the switch, the companies he has invested in, and his Tacos and Tech podcast.   

    Find Neal on Twitter at @NeilBloom.



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Customer Reviews

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92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Wellness Engineer ,

Great host with awesome guests!

Neil is such a great host and his podcast Teach the Geek really provides tons of valuable stories and lessons for those interested in growing soft skills in the STEM profession and beyond. I enjoyed being a guest and also listening to his episodes with other amazing people who I’ve ended up connecting with and creating new relationships. Thank you Neil for your wonderful initiative and work. All the best!

Kindsey Haynes ,

What a great podcast!

I absolutely love this podcast. Neil brings on different STEM guests and they all have so much great info to share. Neil does a great job interviewing!

MaryKfromHEC ,

A spotlight on STEM communication

Teach the Geek gets my thumbs-up not only because it features amazing people but because Neil does an awesome job highlighting their STEM backgrounds in a conversational way. I love hearing each person’s different approaches for public speaking. Listeners can pick up some great tips and creative ideas! Thanks, Neil, for shining a spotlight on the very important topic of communication in STEM.

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