Video: Why Even Nerds Need to Be Able To Communicate

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Sure, you might be the baddest code ninja in the cubicle farm but why do those other guys keep getting promoted and you don't?  Odds are that you need to improve your communication skills.  In this video excerpt from Paul Randal's new course Communications:  How to Talk, Write, Present, and Get Ahead! you'll hear why communications skills are important even to technical people.  In the full course Paul also covers precision questioning, expectation management, as well as writing and presentations.


Paul is the CEO of, a Microsoft Regional Director and a SQL Server MVP. He worked on the SQL Server Storage Engine team at Microsoft from 1999 to 2007. Among other things, he wrote DBCC CHECKDB/repair for SQL Server 2005 and was responsible for the Core Storage Engine during SQL Server 2008 development. Since leaving Microsoft, Paul has been a full-time consultant and trainer on SQL Server around the world, including authoring and teaching the prestigious Microsoft Certified Master certifications on SQL Server and SharePoint for Microsoft. He regularly presents at conferences such as SQL PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd, and has written or contributed to numerous white papers and books on SQL Server. He also writes regular columns and articles for SQL Server Pro magazine and TechNet Magazine, and is a Contributing Editor of both.

You can watch the full HD version of this video along with the other 2 hr 29 min of video found in this professional course by subscribing to Pluralsight. Visit Communications:  How to Talk, Write, Present, and Get Ahead! to view the full course outline. Pluralsight subscribers also benefit from cool features like mobile appsfull library searchprogress trackingexercise files,assessments, and offline viewing. Happy learning!

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Paul Ballard

Paul Ballard is a Chief Architect specializing in large scale distributed system development and enterprise software processes. Paul has more than twenty years of development experience including being a former Microsoft MVP, a speaker at technical conferences such as Microsoft Tech-Ed and VSLive, and a published author. Prior to working on the Windows platform, he built software using a vast array of technologies including Java, Unix, C, and even OS/2.