Ash Banaszek

Storytelling and Tech

Learn from UX Associate Ash Banaszek on how to weave stories and humor into tech talks. Ash is consistently rated highly by conference-goers as an informative and entertaining speaker, and is a decorated Toastmaster winning awards at Area and Division levels for humorous, impromptu, tall tales, and international speaking categories. In this talk, Ash will share her tips and examples on how to use humor, metaphors, anecdotes, and stories effectively in technical talks to make them memorable and more understandable.

About Ash

Ash Banaszek is a passionate and outspoken UX advocate at Union Pacific Railroad with nearly a decade of experience in the field. She holds a masters of science in information science from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO and returns to her alma mater regularly to guest lecture in human factors and human-computer interaction courses. Ash has a passion for teaching and getting folks to that “ah-hah” moment about UX. As an avid proponent of creating technology people want to use, Ash’s eternal quest is to destroy technology that gets people so frustrated that they want to chuck it out of a window. Outside of righting tech wrongs, Ash is an award-winning Toastmaster and uses her public speaking experience to infuse humor and thought-provoking questions into her talks. You can follow her on Twitter @ashbzak or, or meet in person for lively conversation at a UX Happy Hour Book Club Meetup in Omaha, NE.