Slytherin 101: How To Win Friends and Influence People

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B202/203

Excerpt

Do you wish that you were better at getting people to do what you need them to do? Do you keep getting put in charge of things and then get stuck wondering how the heck you're supposed to get things done? Do you keep getting into conflicts with other people because of stuff you've said, and you aren't entirely sure why?

Fortunately, Slytherin House has you covered. Come to this talk and learn the basics of how to hack human relationships, using the tools of cunning and ambition to achieve inter-House harmony. As long as you promise not to use these techniques to support the next Dark Lord, of course.

Description

The House system in Harry Potter can be a very simplistic way of looking at things, but it can also be a useful tool for framing social relationships. For all the faults of House Slytherin, their traits of cunning, resourcefulness, and ambition can be dispatched to lower interpersonal friction and ease the process of getting things done.

This talk delves into how you can present yourself to others in ways that will increase cooperation, approach interactions to achieve cordiality even if the two of you can’t actually stand each other, defuse and redirect tensions among others in your community, and help get everyone around you pointed in the same direction and making progress forward.

Some people won’t ever really get along, but effective leadership and communication doesn’t require the Dark Arts, just a working understanding of human nature, a willingness to tailor your approach to your listener, and a collection of tools to hack personal interactions. (‘Hacking’ sounds so much nicer than ‘manipulating’, doesn’t it?)

Come learn techniques for dealing with all sorts of people from all walks of life, and discover a number of things you can try to get everybody to stop sniping at each other and start getting stuff accomplished.

Tags

community management, people skills, lessons from hogwarts

Speaking experience

I've spoken many times before at OSCON and YAPC::NA, and gave my first talk at Open Source Bridge last year. ("Kicking Impostor Syndrome In The Head".) I've spoken about web accessibility, community management, effective leadership, and impostor syndrome and how to fight it. This talk is new.

Speaker

  • Denise Paolucci

    Dreamwidth Studios

    Biography

    Denise Paolucci is the co-founder of Dreamwidth Studios (www.dreamwidth.org), a blogging and community platform. She’s been working in open source for sixteen years, and will talk your ear off about accessibility, disability, diversity, creativity, community, privacy, and knitting, although probably not all at the same time.

    Sessions

      • Title: Slytherin 101: How To Win Friends and Influence People
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Do you wish that you were better at getting people to do what you need them to do? Do you keep getting put in charge of things and then get stuck wondering how the heck you’re supposed to get things done? Do you keep getting into conflicts with other people because of stuff you’ve said, and you aren’t entirely sure why?

        Fortunately, Slytherin House has you covered. Come to this talk and learn the basics of how to hack human relationships, using the tools of cunning and ambition to achieve inter-House harmony. As long as you promise not to use these techniques to support the next Dark Lord, of course.

      • Speakers: Denise Paolucci