Be a brilliant people developer

Full-day workshop with Meri Williams to boost your ability to develop yourself and others.

18 September
etc.venues Avonmouth House, Elephant & Castle, London (map)
10 August
Date & Venue TBC, New York (map)
19 June
Venue TBC, London (map)
20 June
Venue TBC, London (map)

Update on 12 March 2020: Following the growing concern about COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the workshops due on 20 March in London and 6 April in New York. The workshops will now take place on 18 September in London and in August in New York (the exact date will be confirmed soon) – all tickets will be transferred and no additional fees will be charged. All workshop ticket holders should receive an automated message (via Tito, our ticketing platform) and a personal email on 10 & 12 March 2020. If you did not receive an email, please get in touch with us at [email protected]


About the workshop

People are hard, so why are they called “soft skills”? Much like technical skills, there is both science and art, theory and experience, to becoming good at leading, managing, coaching, mentoring & developing people. In this workshop we’ll look at some of that theory, share experiences and boost your ability to develop yourself and others.

Topics covered

  • The science behind motivation
  • Characteristics of high performing teams
  • Coaching & mentoring
  • Managing & leading
  • Developing yourself & others
  • Giving & receiving feedback
  • AMA on gnarly situations


No prior experience leading, managing or developing people is required, but those who are going to get to use such skills in the near future will probably get the most out of this workshop.

Format of the course

No laptop needed.

Course tutor

Meri Williams

Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She’s a CTO and also runs micro-consultancy ChromeRose, helping digital & technical teams be brilliant. An alumna of Procter & Gamble and the Government Digital Service, she has had a career spanning development, project, programme & product management and more recently engineering & operations leadership. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world.
Meri Williams


Congrats and thank you to @Geek_Manager for running an awesome people skills workshop. Lots of happy team members with fresh perspectives! 👍 — Tim Deeson (Founder, Deeson)

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