Tech Reads

Tech Reads

Tech reads is a Softec sponsored 'live studio audience' podcast event that puts thought leaders (authors) in front of a growing technology-centric audience. Visit https://www.meetup.com/softec/events to find out when our next event will be held. Hosted by Brian Schwartz of SelfPublish.org, Tech Reads is seeking authors to be future guests. Submit yourself or nominate your favorite author at https://form.jotform.com/220595802921961

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Tech Reads Ep. 18 - Using The Science & Spirit of Intuition (Simone Wright)
2d ago
Tech Reads Ep. 18 - Using The Science & Spirit of Intuition (Simone Wright)
Tap into Your Innate Intuitive Intelligence.Links mentioned in the podcast: The Book: First Intelligence: https://amzn.to/3x4reiE Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@techreadsSimone Wright: https://simonewright.com/ Softec: https://softec.org/ About the Podcast:Hosted by Blake Beltram and Brian Schwartz with a live studio audience, we interview with Simone Wright to learn how we can strengthen our intuitive muscle (aka First Intelligence) to improve the quality of our decisions, align ourselves with our true nature, and discover more peace, love, and joy in our lives. In today's fast-paced, information-saturated world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and struggle to make effective decisions. We're constantly bombarded with data, yet our rational minds alone cannot process it all effectively. This leads to analysis paralysis, stress, and suboptimal choices in our careers, relationships, and overall well-being. By embodying these tactics, you can join the 5% who actively cultivate their intuitive intelligence, achieving greater happiness, health, joy, and success in all areas of life. Don't be a sissy – face the challenges of intuitive growth with courage and reap the profound rewards. We all possess an innate intuitive intelligence – a profound guidance system that operates beyond the conscious mind. By tapping into this intuition, we can navigate the complexities of modern life with greater clarity, creativity, and wisdom. Intuition is not a mystical force but a natural capacity that can be systematically developed and applied. Special Thanks to Bob Dumouchel, Courtney Coleman, and Troy Thomas for joining us live! I hope you this as much as we did! ~ Brian Schwartz
Tech Reads Ep. 17 - Crafting an Authentic Personal Brand with Victoria Pelletier
May 31 2024
Tech Reads Ep. 17 - Crafting an Authentic Personal Brand with Victoria Pelletier
Victoria Pelletier is the author of Influence Unleashed: https://amzn.to/4dWRFHHSpecial thanks to Bob Dumouchel, Courtney Coleman, and Blake Beltram for joining me for this lively and informative episode!By implementing Victoria's framework and tactics, professionals can develop a compelling personal brand that sets them apart, builds trust with their audience, and aligns with their authentic selves, ultimately positioning them for greater success and fulfillment in their careers.Many professionals struggle to build a strong personal brand that authentically represents who they are and what they stand for. They often focus solely on their subject matter expertise or industry experience, neglecting other crucial elements that make them unique and relatable. Without a well-defined personal brand, they may struggle to connect with their target audience, build trust, and achieve their professional goals.Tactics:1. Conduct a personal brand audit: Evaluate your current online presence, content, and messaging to identify areas that need improvement or alignment with your authentic self.2. Develop your personal brand story: Craft a compelling narrative that weaves together your professional achievements, personal experiences, values, and aspirations. Share this story across various platforms to engage your audience.3. Create a content strategy: Develop a plan for consistently producing and sharing valuable content that reinforces your personal brand message and resonates with your target audience.4. Build a trusted circle: Identify a group of trusted individuals who can provide honest feedback on your personal brand and help you identify blind spots or areas for improvement.5. Embrace evolution: Understand that your personal brand will evolve over time, and be transparent with your audience about pivots or shifts in your brand as they occur.Key Takeaways:- A strong personal brand encompasses more than just professional expertise; it should reflect your authentic self, values, and aspirations.- Crafting an authentic personal brand requires introspection, storytelling, and a willingness to be bold and vulnerable.- Consistency, relevance, and a commitment to ongoing growth and evolution are essential for maintaining a compelling personal brand.- Seek external feedback and guidance from trusted individuals to identify blind spots and ensure your personal brand resonates with your target audience.Resources:https://victoria-pelletier.comhttps://selfpublish.orghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/courtney-coleman-63893a12/https://www.linkedin.com/in/blakebeltram/https://www.linkedin.com/in/googleadwordexpert/#techreads #speaker #branding #influence #lgbtq #sanluisobispo #softec
Tech Reads Ep. 13 - An Inflection Point for Computer Vision and Society with author Robert Boscacci
Aug 29 2023
Tech Reads Ep. 13 - An Inflection Point for Computer Vision and Society with author Robert Boscacci
The Spring of Sight is available at: https://amzn.to/45w9FDP You can view a video recording of our session with Rob on our youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/@techreadsTech Reads is sponsored by Softec (https://softec.org) and hosted by Brian Schwartz (https://selfpublish.org) and friends. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and to Rob Boscacci (https://robertboscacci.com/) who shared insights from his new book: The Spring of Sight: An Inflection Point for Computer Vision and Society. Computer vision is a field of artificial intelligence (AI) that enables computers and systems to derive meaningful information from digital images, videos and other visual inputs — and take actions or make recommendations based on that information. If AI enables computers to think, computer vision enables them to see, observe and understand. Author Robert Boscacci is a Cinema technician and data engineer. He wrote The Spring of Sight: An Inflection Point for Computer Vision and Society to bring attention to the potential pitfalls and perils of CV along with all of its promise to improve our lives. Like something straight out of Popular Science, we are part of an experiment that will permanently change the future. The Spring of Sight speaks to futurists and activists at the forefront of image-based automation and mass surveillance. #techreads #softec #technology #computervision #ai #surveillance #cv #artificialintelligence
Tech Reads Ep 5 - Data Literacy in Practice with Angelika Klidas & Kevin Hanegan
Nov 30 2022
Tech Reads Ep 5 - Data Literacy in Practice with Angelika Klidas & Kevin Hanegan
Data Literacy in Practice (https://amzn.to/3UfXUv7) is a comprehensive guide that will build your understanding of data literacy basics, and accelerate your journey to independently uncovering insights with best practices, practical models and real-world examples. (Source: https://www.kevinhanegan.com)A COMPLETE GUIDE TO DATA LITERACY AND MAKING SMARTER DECISIONS WITH DATA THROUGH INTELLIGENT ACTIONS Accelerate your journey to smarter decisions by mastering the fundamentals of Data Literacy and the mindset to work confidently with data. Reader Objectives: Gain a solid foundation of Data Literacy fundamentals to support your next steps on the journey Learn how to work confidently with data and extract the right insights for valuable actions Apply your knowledge to real-world Business Intelligence projects and get into action Synopsis: Data is more than a commodity in our digital world. It is the ebb and flow of our modern existence. Individuals, teams and enterprises that work confidently with data, unlock a new realm of possibilities. And the resultant agility, growth and inevitable success have one origin. Data Literacy. Discover the 4 pillar model that underpins all data and analytics. Explore concepts such as measuring Data Quality, setting up a pragmatic Data Management environment, choosing the right graphs for your readers, and questioning your insights. This guide is written by two Data Literacy pioneers, each with a thorough footprint within the Data and Analytics commercial world and their lectures at top Universities in the US and the Netherlands. By the end of the book, you'll be equipped with a combination of skills and mindsets, along with tools and frameworks, that allow you to find insights and meaning within your data to enable effective, efficient data-informed decision-making. What you will learn in the book: Apply the 4 pillars required for organizations to transform data into insights Understand how to start your data literacy journey with simple, actionable steps Discover what skills you need to work confidently with data Learn how to visualize data and create compelling visual data stories Learn how to measure, improve and leverage your organizational goals to improve performance Master the process of uncovering insights, learning to question them and taking intelligent action Discover the right steps to take when you analyze insights #dataliteracy #businessintelligence #dataliteracyinpractice #decisions #methodology #techreads #softec