Thursday, October 21, 2021

Episode #68 What are you talking about, Confusing Communication, Causing Calamity.

Words matter, your choice of words can have a profound impact on the outcome.

 We love to speak OUR language the language of tech and engineering. Our language is complex and full of unique terms, it is a beautiful language that no one outside of tech understands.

We must ask ourselves why we would speak tech talk to non-technical people. This is like trying to speak Sanskrit to a person who doesn’t speak Sanskrit. We need subtitles or translators because our language is not helping to get the message across to our users. We bitch and moan they are not doing what we told them to do and that’s why we got breached, but we are failing to realize we told them in a language that to them sounds like Charlie Browns parents.

Our language is full of $50 dollar words, acronyms, negative and aggressive words, complex words that require a novels worth of information to put into context.

If we hope to fix what is broken, to do more with less, to increase security, to reduce risk and make an ethical sale or two along the way, then we need to find a way to communicate that resonates with every person. Simple and understandable, easy to connect with and internalize, relatable and personal these are the corner stones of effective communication.


This and much more tonight on the Security Shit Show with Chris, Evan and me

10pm central, 9pm mountain

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Episode #66 O No Bro, don't be that guy

Repeat After Me:

I am NOT a neanderthal
(Even if I look like one)
I do NOT walk around with a permanent hard on
(IF you do, then you’re taking too many blue pills)
I do NOT need to treat every interaction with a female in InfoSec/IT/Cyber/Tech as an opportunity to peacock, and prove my manliness by dry humping the server rack.
I will NOT step away from chivalry, HOWEVER, I will not use it as a shield to hide bad behavior OR ulterior motives.
IF I don’t tell Chris that he looks pretty, then there is NO place to do the same to anyone else.
(And if you DO tell me I’m pretty you STILL don’t get a hallway pass to do the same to others…)
IF I cannot walk shoulder TO shoulder with my female counterparts, then I do NOT deserve a place in this industry
(…and I’m on shaky ground elsewhere in society!)
A meeting is NOT a date
A LACK of wedding ring is NOT an invitation to drool and act the fool
A wedding ring is NOT a challenge
I will NOT mansplain, and IF I’m going to argue, then I AM going to go and look at the awesome flowchart from Kim Goodwin
Done? Need to repeat it? Tattoo it on a body part?
If ANY of this is jogging a memory then y’all might want to go find that second voice and listen to it BEFORE engaging in a conversation with the opposite sex.
If YOU are offended by this, then go look in a mirror and ask WHY
If YOU laughed at this, then I hope it’s a laugh of clarity, and not of ignorance.
If YOU know anyone that NEEDS to read this, forward TO them, blame me, it’s simpler and I’ve been blamed for worse.
IF you are a narcissist you’ve likely recognized yourself and simply don’t care… for you I have tasers.
(Although you’d probably enjoy that too…)
If your regional, religious, back-arsed belief system has put “you” as superior, then please go boil your head, and GTFO of our industry, you have NO place here, none of us want you.
‘Enough said for now, a HUGE thanks to both Christy F. and Sky Kennedy for the inspiration!
Feel free to print, forward, blame, but FFS get the word out that this shit has got to stop.
‘all for now

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Episode #71 You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. Who do the f*** do you think you're talking to? Oh, yeah? Ok.

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