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Thursday 15th November 2018

'Sheffield PHP - Lightning Talks Round 4'

Showroom Cafe

Amanda Cookson   Lorna Mitchell

We hosted our forth round of lightning talks on the 15th November at Sheffield Technology Parks. The talks offered insights into Websockets and Effective Communication.

Introduction to Webhooks

In an increasingly connected world, APIs are key to great tools and effective workflows. What is better than an API? A webhook of course! Webhooks are the modern way for integrating systems and allowing them to react to one another. This session will cover what a webhook is, and where we might see or use them in our day-to-day activities.

9/10 conversations miss the mark

Amanda's talk focused on how Developers can more effectively communicate with the many stakeholders we deal with on a daily basis. An average person speaks 7,000 to 20,000 words in a given day, yet research suggests that 9/10 conversations miss the mark. During this talk you will find out which conversational traits are more likely to get doctors sued and take partners to the divorce courts. You will get an introduction into the neuroscience of conversations [C-IQ] and find out how your words have a direct impact on other people’s brain chemistry.

Amanda Cookson

Amanda is an experienced professional coach and consultant who believes that everyone has the right to flourish, reach their full potential and feel happy at work. In her coaching practice Amanda combines understandings from neuroscience, positive psychology and Conversational Intelligence to help founders and leaders thrive. Amanda co-founded Northern Value Creators, a niche consultancy that works hand in hand with ambitious digital & creative businesses to develop leaders, improve teams & help agencies win more of the work they love.

Lorna Mitchel

Lorna is based in Yorkshire; she is a Developer Advocate with Nexmo as well as a published author and experienced conference speaker. She brings her technical expertise on a range of topics to audiences all over the world with her writing and speaking engagements, always delivered with a very practical slant. In her spare time, Lorna blogs at