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Groups of people networking at a conference Learning to Network: Fake It till You Make It

Failure is part of learning; we have to do things we are not good at in order to become better at them. To learn networking, we have to take the risk of failing and do what we fear. This means taking small steps to open up, asking questions, and listening—and even pretending to be interested until you really are!

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Isabel Evans
Unapproachable man scowling at his computer Are You Unintentionally Unapproachable?

Could you be giving off an air of unapproachability without meaning to? Is it possible that you exhibit some unwelcome behaviors that are so subtle you’re not even aware of them? Think about whether you have any of the following habits that could give your coworkers the impression that you are unapproachable.

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Richard Estra
Person with writer's block holding a pen over a blank piece of paper Unblocking Writer’s Block

Being unable to think of what to write can happen to anyone. Maybe your assignment is to contribute a blog post for the company website, draft a white paper, or produce design documents or other materials. What do you do? Here are some helpful suggestions for unblocking writer's block and getting started.

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Pamela Rentz
Two people shaking hands after earning a promotion 3 Tips for Moving Up the Testing Leadership Ladder

Moving up the career ladder often means more money, more fun, and more impact. But it's not a good idea to sit around and just hope it will happen. There's a lot you can do to speed up the process and earn a well-deserved promotion. Jason Arbon shares three tips he has for moving up the testing leadership ladder.

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Jason Arbon
Jeff Payne Maintaining Technical Excellence: A Slack Takeover with Jeff Payne

Thought leaders from the software community are taking over the TechWell Hub for a day to answer questions and engage in conversations. Jeff Payne, the CEO and founder of Coveros, hosted this Slack takeover, discussing agile transformation, automating documentation, and how leaders can maintain technical excellence.

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Owen Gotimer
"Don't walk" sign saying to stop Don’t Fall Victim to the Fundamental Attribution Error

Before jumping to a conclusion about a particular situation, try to see circumstances from the other person’s perspective. Consider possible explanations for the person’s behavior that are based on the situation, not the person’s character. Work runs more smoothly when you assume actions have a good and logical reason.

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Naomi Karten
Illustration from Aesop's fable "The North Wind and the Sun" Aesop and Agile: A Moral for Effective Teamwork

When a manager sees a problem on their team, they often want to act quickly to correct it. But if you take a “fix it” mentality too far, while you might get past the initial impediment, you have done little to help the team work better in the future. Let's look at another approach, based on one of Aesop's Fables.

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Steve Berczuk
A speaker giving a presentation to a room full of people Simple Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

If you want to improve your presentation skills, then whenever you attend a presentation, pay attention not just to the content, but also to the delivery of that content. In doing so, note what strikes you as positive or negative about the presentation. Then strive to emulate the positives and avoid the negatives.

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Naomi Karten