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MISAC Lifetime Member Mike Allen to Present at MISAC Annual Conference

Thursday, August 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Pitre
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Retired City of Visalia IT Manager Michael Allen (and MISAC Lifetime Member) is on tap to present "ITs Not Technology: ITs Communication" at this year's MISAC Annual Conference.  Allen will be presenting as part of the "Soft Skills" Track.  His presentation is scheduled for 4:00 PM - 4:55 PM on Tuesday, October 1.  

 

According to Allen's proposal abstract, "As technologists, we often get caught up in the technology of the project neglecting the communication necessary to ensure the project's success.  That communication should be tailored to the audience; but how do you correctly 'read' the audience?  Folks have different personality temperaments and needs, and successful communication requires quickly identifying those key needs and adjusting your message.  This presentation touches on a quick temperament tool to assess your audience.  With that assessment and some key communication tips, your project presentation can be headed to success!"

 

Mr. Allen has well over 30 years of information technology experience within the public sector.  Starting from a programming background at City of Roseville and continuing as the IT Manager at City of Visalia, that experience is broad and deep.  As former MISAC state board member and years spent on various non-profit boards, he has witnessed the importance of meaningful communication skills.  With this extensive background, Mr. Allen is well qualified to discuss municipal finance, utility, permitting public safety, geographic information systems, network design, and cyber-security.  As a subject matter expert coupled with hands-on project management and implementation experience, Allen offers strong decision support, analytical, technical, facilitation, project management, communications and program management skills.  


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