Listening

This is a skill that I’ve used in nearly every job I’ve ever had.
It’s paid off both in UX and in life.

2010 – Present

This is unconventional, but I thought about it one night as I was falling asleep. I'm deeply proud of myself for always listening to my gut throughout my career and as I get further along I realize more of the themes, I didn't know when I first started. One of the themes is listening to people. Here's a list of the projects that required me to listen.

Campus Marketing Representative for Universal:
Listening to audiences comments during movie sneak peeks.

Community Advisor at Texas Tech:
Listening to my residence ups and downs of entering college.

Red Raider Orientation Counselor at Texas Tech:
Listening to incoming students and helping them narrow down choices on majors.

Co-Producer/Cinematographer for CSP:
Listening to surrogates telling their stories about their experiences and sharing it with potential surrogates.

Interaction Designer at Ply:
Listening to clients and users.

UX Instructor at GA:
Listening to students go through a career change, make presentations, work in groups, and reflect about their identities.

Senior Product Designer:
Listening to my co-workers, clients, and users.

Tawkify:
Listening to people talk about their relationship history all the way back into their childhood experiences.

Consulting:
Listening to what my clients need.

I'm not sure if this activity was fruitless, or if it was more for my own understanding, but that's 9 years of professional listening that I can write down on paper. I think if we all learned to listen more, we would all learn more, and the world would be a more peaceful place.