I'm Nick, a technical instructor on the Professional Services team. This page is intended to be a pesonal introduction, as well as help others understand what it might be like to work with me.
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My academic background is in chemical engineering, but I've spent my career in tech, and have worked in technical training roles since 2017.
I currently live in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and am fortunate to be near family and close friends. My household includes me and my rescued lab Jet.
I'm a huge soccer (football) fan, having grown up playing the game and refereeing as an adult. I cheer on the L.A. Galaxy and U.S. national teams, but follow most worldwide leagues. Always down to meet up in person to play a pickup game or watch a match.
My working style
I take seriously GitLab's support for the non-linear workday. When possible I do focused work in the early morning and late evening, while maintaining meetings, training and coffee chats during traditional business hours.
Writer's block can be a frequent issue for me. For that reason I strive to create templates and high level outlines for even the smallest projects and iterate later.
I learn best from books and written documentation, and use spaced repetition a.k.a. flashcards to help commit concepts to memory.
Communicating with me
I value async (Slack, GitLab issue) for most clear action items and high level feedback. Putting everything possible in writing is ideal as I work off written to-do lists.
But, don't hesitate to schedule a sync up or coffee chat with me any time there's space in my calendar. I value face-to-face meetings for (1) hashing out ideas, and (2) getting to know you as a person.