Improving Your Skills

Photo by Martin Linkov

Photo by Martin Linkov

I am a big believer in continuous improvement, and as such, I am often thinking about how to improve my own skills.  I find myself speaking in front of groups more and more frequently, and I sometimes feel like I am not focused enough on my audience and delivering an effective message because I am too aware of my own feelings and body language.  As such, I recently decided to join Toastmasters after attending a few meetings as a guest.  While I have stood up at the end of the previous meetings and given a few imprompu comments, today was the first time I really participated in the meeting--I was one of the Table Topics speakers.  Much to my surprise, the Ah Counter counted zero "ums, uhs, or ahs" from me, and I was voted the Best Table Topics Speaker!  I look forward to attending more meetings and improving my speaking skills

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.