Today marks my last week at IBM. It has been an incredible journey over the last 3 years. This video captures some of the highlights! Have a listen!
I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work for such a great organization and to be surrounded by amazing people 😊
My heart is filled with such great memories, from how I felt when I first received my dream internship, to graduating from Global Sales School, to being in charge of a full sales territory, and to all of the awesome people I have been able to work with 🧑🤝🧑
I also hold dear in my heart all of the opportunities provided for me to make an impact on people, including the Summit Program, Employee’s Charitable Fund, EANG, and Blue Core Coaching 🙏
Sharing my story and empowering others around me, are two personal values that I discovered and let flourish during my time at IBM. These are two things I will continue doing for the rest of my career 👏
I’m taking a couple weeks off before starting the next journey, stay tuned 👋!
Last Friday my team hosted the IBM Canada Lunar New Year Celebration and I was selected to host the show 🎤! With our team effort we brought out 100 attendees from all across North and South America for an hour long show of fun and education!
Whenever I’m on brought on as an organizer, I always try innovate, by giving the audience something completely new. So we decided on hiring a virtual comedian 💡! DK Phan recounted stories of cultural mishaps, asian parents with high academic expectations, and life as a former kung-fu instructor😂! We had the audience laughing out of their seats and yes – we triple checked to ensure this all fit within our diversity guidelines.
One thing that I was surprised with was the amount of IBMers of non-asian backgrounds who attended but who were eager to learn and relate to the festivities. One attendee pointed out that during Diwali, they have the same tradition of “cleaning out the house” for the New Year.
👉 DK Phan is also open to future comedy gigs! DM me or him for info!
Quote from DK Phan
“Ryan Ing is incredibly organized and ran a terrific show for the IBM Lunar New Year show. He was an amazing host and facilitator, setting me up for success by priming the crowd for a comedy show and bringing me up just as if he were a professional comedy club MC himself. He was also very thorough leading up to the event in terms of making sure that everything would work from a technical standpoint and providing me with all of the tools necessary to put on a great show.”
Jim answered honestly and transparently. Great content. He also used some humor to lighten the mood, a much-needed pause from the pandemic.
Here were my favorite jokes:
“If you put a Red Hat together with big blue, you get a purple shirt which I would have wore… but I didn’t do my laundry yesterday” 😂
“I have a lot of experience but I’m also new to IBM. At the office I would still be trying to find the bathroom… but luckily I’m working from home so I know where it is” 😂😂
“No I’m probably not gonna write a new book, but maybe when I retire I can write a new one describing how IBM became the defining technology company of the 21st century just as it was in the 20th century” 🙏🙏🙏
To me, small perks like these make a difference! And to see one of the largest technology companies in the world offer a perk that is most often found at the smallest technology companies in the world… to me that represents a shift in culture.
If this gave you a chuckle, give it a like. I may make more videos about every day business life in the future. 😊
I have officially ‘landed’ on IBM‘s Data Science team. Here’s a picture expressing the way I feel about it: 🚀🌕 Data Science isn’t rocket science – in simple terms its helping clients discover insights from their data to improve business decision-making.
Sales training? Everyone’s got a method. Software demo training? Rarely taught, but critical for tech workers 💻! Last week I attended Demo2Win, a two-day workshop that teaches professionals how to effectively demo software.
Learning: Imagine you are showing your manager a report, a customer your software, or even a friend a new app that you love… here’s a proven methodology you can follow:
Don’t just jump into “showing” right away! 😲
1️⃣ TELL them what you are going to show them in simple 1-2-3 steps (Or else they might get caught thinking.. ok where is this presentation going?)
2️⃣ SHOW them (Avoid saying “click this or that”. Say “If you want to…” Focus on their intention, not features.)
3️⃣ TELL them the benefit. Answer the most important question – SO WHAT?
Demos are to help people see what they can achieve, not to show how a technology works.
Thanks for the workshop & for awarding my demo with a mobile tabletop. Now I can stand while I demo like a pro 🤵
Our final project for IBM Global Sales School was a written proposal + 30 minute presentation to a panel of judges roleplaying a client. Applying our learnings from the previous six months, and working together in a hotel room til midnight for two nights, Team Red was able to deliver and score 1️⃣ First Place in our class
Here’s a 3 minute cut-down version of our 30 minute presentation. I’d love to show more but we can’t give away too much to future students of the program =)
When I was graduating I selected IBM over various options because I believed it to provide one of the best corporate sales training programs in the world. I can now affirm it to be true. ✅✅ The past six months of training have been so valuable and jam-packed with unique offerings delivered from the best, all across the USA ✈️. I felt the need to capture a piece of it in video form before it was all over.
I’d like to thank Team Red for a memorable finish and the Summit Program Management for providing what I wanted and more out of a New Graduate Program 🙏. I look forward to bringing this solid foundation to our clients as I transition to the field over the next 6 months. #IBM#IBMSummitProgram#GlobalSalesSchool
After 6 whole months of training, we graduated!! (Photo of my team below)
For the past few months IBM I have been trying to figure out what IBM is doing in the Blockchain space – today we got to speak to originator himself
Jerry Cuomo, VP Blockchain Technologies at IBM, shared the story about the pioneering of the Hyperledger project and the business value the FoodTrust project and TradeLens project are providing today.
At the most primordial level, all blockchains require a consensus method, immutability, and some type of incentive for participants to join the network. Whether the blockchain is then public or permissioned, it depends on the use case desired.
Along his 30+ years at IBM he has published many patents, help found WebSphere software, and has testified in front of the US Government advising on the impact of digital currencies.
If you want to know something you have to find the original source of truth. Safe to say, I had all my questions answered clearly!