Speaker Details

Sam Burden

Maru

I am a UX Product Manager, with experience in user research and product management in the Market Research Industry.


​In my spare time, I am enthusiastic about learning something new and challenging myself. For example, I am part of the Aspiring Women’s Speaker group that encourages women to take the floor in public speaking and conferences. I regularly do talks in order to obtain feedback and improvements in these skills.


As well, I create my own blog and vlog posts focusing on personal development and career development to UX. I did this, as I wanted to communicate my experiences and challenges faced to similar readers.

I am a UX Product Manager, with experience in user research and product management in the Market Research Industry.


​In my spare time, I am enthusias"/>

How recording yourself can help you with public speaking

Public speaking within the tech realm has been a blessing in being able to present the latest product developments and influence direction. However, as the need for roles within tech to focus more on presenting ideas to a variety of stakeholders can make the most confident people feel uncomfortable without proper support or techniques to improve this skill.

This was a struggle I knew too well, but I needed to overcome as I knew it was a barrier towards reaching my dream of entering a UX based role, due to it requiring vast amounts of presentations and workshops. In November 2020, I was challenged by my coach to record myself to slowly break down this fear. The initial challenge was to record myself to see how I spoke and thus how I could be perceived by people. I wanted to improve this, so I decided to do a 30-day speaking challenge in November 2020, whereby I would record myself asking questions and using self-belief body mantra talks to myself.

Within my talk, I want to present the idea of how technology can help you to become a better speaker, specifically through the technique of recording yourself daily, in order to help reduce the fear of public speaking and to help frequently stretch these skills when opportunities are not regularly used.

 

Development
Skills
Talks

How to utilise data storytelling for remote cross-functional teams

Stories are a powerful communication tool in delivering the relevant requirements and facts for data-driven decision making. Throughout the development lifecycle, data can help to refine collaborative understanding and communicate the business value of deliverable.

As I transitioned into the field of User Experience and Design during the pandemic, I realised the relevance that storytelling could have in helping to build a singular vision of the user when developing products in a cross-functional team.

However, for this to work effectively and ensure everyone is on the same trajectory, I have realised the importance of data storytelling in not only helping to work closely with developers to provide a clearer guide to translate user requirements in a step-by-step manner for better experiences, but also break down barriers in miscommunication for the development process

 

Within this talk, I want to go through my experiences of translating data into user requirements and learnings for implementing this across multiple departments. I also want to highlight my challenges of trying to share these stories whilst working remotely and reflections on improving storytelling techniques between UX, Product and Development teams.

 

Product
Communication
Story
User Experience
Teams
Data Analysis