I took part in the third annual Women Who Tech Telesummit yesterday. (Thanks to winning a free pass, thanks Allyson!) I must confess I was multitasking, but nevertheless, I got a lot out of this day-long web conference. I’m looking forward to listening to the recorded sessions that I wasn’t able to attend, and already looking forward to next year!
Topics ranged from diversity to self promotion to social media ROI to launching your own business. We talked about building the ultimate user experience and discussed how to get more women in leadership roles in the tech industry.
My quick little brain-dump of my top ten takeaways from the day:
- You get the best ideas when you are listening, not speaking.
- Women tend to be perfectionists about their expertise. Allow yourself some room to fail.
- Interested in doing public speaking? Practice. In your car, in your shower, on video or audio recordings, to gain confidence.
- Foursquare is a public relations tool. It’s free, so use it. Manage your organization’s presence there.
- Google Analytics: also free, so use it. Even if you’re just getting data on your Facebook or Linked In pages.
- User Experience is every department’s responsibility.
- To attain the Ultimate User Experience, you need to watch/listen how your customer is engaging with your products.
- Risk is an abstract element. If you’re afraid of taking a step, ask yourself, “What happens if I fail?” and really answer the question.
- I need to find the source of this mash-up: it’s not “Rocket Surgery” – I just love that!
- All-girl events are fun/empowering.
If you have some others, including links you might want to share, please add them in the comments! For more great nuggets, look for the hashtag #WWT on Twitter, follow @WomenWhoTech, and be on the lookout for next year’s conference.