Keep Investing In Your Skills and Become A Storyteller with Oscar Santolalla

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Oscar Santolalla

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Oscar Santolalla, the author of “Rock the Tech Stage” and “Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo“. After a decade and a half in the technology arena, he embarked on a mission to help people in technology companies present better, inspire others, and sell more. Since 2014, he has been hosting the public speaking podcast Time to Shine, for which he has interviewed more than 150 communication professionals.

Oscar works as a sales engineer at Ubisecure. And was born and raised in Peru but now lives in Finland. He talks about why we should always seek to develop our skills and grow as professionals. He also discusses why storytelling can positively impact your career goals.


Oscar Santolalla

Resources – Click on the link to check out Oscar’s book website!

CreateAndDeliverAKillerProductDemo – Click on the link to check out Oscar’s book on Apress!

2 Top Career Tips

1) There is always room to develop your skills, and no matter which stage you are at, time should always be taken to develop and grow.
2) Work on your storytelling abilities, which remain the best way of communicating plans, ideas and thoughts to others.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

During an early presentation, Oscar found himself ill-prepared, and having to present on a subject of which he had no knowledge. This taught him the value of always being prepared, and to devote time to learning how to feel more comfortable with public speaking.

Career Highlight

Switching between roles, and trying out new areas in the sector, provided Oscar with his current role, which he views as the highlight of his career so far.

The Future

IT is being called upon, more and more, to solve meaningful problems for the world. This responsibility will grow as technological advancements continue to be made.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

In times previous, Oscar saw the implementation of tech infrastructures, and the idea of being a part of this world appealed to him greatly.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Become a problem solver.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

When people tell you that hard work alone will lead to success. This is only partly true.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Oscar would be more heavily involved in building tools that protect us online and reinforce privacy.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Focusing upon training in order to deliver better results to clients and partners.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Communication skills, and developing creativity in thinking.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Oscar remains energized by always learning new skills, and keeping abreast of technological advances.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Sports are very important, as is reading – especially fiction, which stimulates the imagination.

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