EMEA10: On the Care and Feeding of Your Nerd

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Mike's humorous and light-hearted yet simultaneously deeply insightful personal introspection, designed to give non-technical people - "users" insight to the psychology, desires and motivations of I.T. people - "nerds". Mike defines what makes a nerd tick and how users can work, communicate and build relationships with nerds.

Mike considers the term "nerd" high praise and is proud to describe himself as one!

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EMEA10: On the Care and Feeding of Your Nerd

  1. 1. The Care and Feeding of Nerds Mike Meyers Total Seminars, LLC
  2. 2. The Stereotypical Tech
  3. 3. The Stereotypical Nerd
  4. 4. Attribution http://www.randsinrepose.com
  5. 5. Nerd Traits Socially awkward Loner Shy Single Minded Not into sports
  6. 6. The Project “The Project” is whatever bit of technology that's on the nerd's mind at any given moment If you want a nerd's attention you need to become the project
  7. 7. Nerd Physical Needs The Keeper Food Clothing Hygiene Finance
  8. 8. The Cave The Cave is cluttered Do not touch anything in the Cave Cave Control – Define clear physical boundaries – Create a cave budget – Making Cave Control “The Project”
  9. 9. The Great Tech Danger: Flatlining Career Span TechKnowledge Laid Off
  10. 10. Nerd Diversion The Need for Gaming Nerds and the Great Outdoors Hug a Sportsman!
  11. 11. Nerd to Normal Communication Stop, Look and Listen – Make them stop when you don't understand – Force eye contact – Repeat as necessary Movie/TV Show Quotation
  12. 12. Communicating: Nerd to Nerd Nerds are competitive – They will withhold tech skills – They will withhold tech problems Making competition work – The Most Deadly Sin: Unsolicited Tech support – Meeting a new tech – The Power of I Don't Know – Use Lifelines
  13. 13. Contact Mike Meyers 800-446-6004 •michaelm@totalsem.com •www.totalsem.com ”desweds” @ Everything

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