Steve Grunwell

Open-source contributor, speaker, and electronics tinkerer

Two Talks @ WordCamp Columbus

I’ll be giving two presentations at WordCamp Columbus this year:

5 Things You Can Do to Become Your Agency’s Favorite Client

There’s a dirty little secret in the agency world that doesn’t get talked about enough but is absolutely true: awesome clients get special treatment, and crappy clients fall straight to the bottom of the pile.

In the same way the barista at your regular coffee shop will occasionally upgrade your drink or a waiter will give more attention to the pleasant tables, the people behind your marketing or development efforts are much more likely to exceed expectations, negotiate on price, or drop everything to help you when an issue arises when you’re a well-liked client.

In this session, attendees will gain an insider perspective on building stronger relationships with agencies, freelancers, and other vendors, becoming a better client in the process.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may recognize this as the title of an article I wrote for The Metroprenuer while I was still at Buckeye Interactive. If you did catch that, well…have a cookie!

Fight Impostor Syndrome

If you’ve ever felt as if you’re “not good enough” to be part of a team, or you feel your success is owed more to luck than hard work and talent, you’ve likely dealt first-hand with Impostor Syndrome. It’s a common affliction, especially in the world of software, but if left untreated it can interfere with career advancement, wreck your personal life, or lead to total burn-out. This panel is meant to be an open and honest conversation about Impostor Syndrome, how it affects all of us, and what we can do to combat it. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of Impostor Syndrome and tips that they can use to fight it. Audience participation is encouraged; after all, we’re all in this together.

Another installment of our Fight Impostor Syndrome panel, which first premiered at WordCamp Dayton this spring, moderated by Rich Robinkoff and features Angela Bergmann, myself, and a special guest: WordPress 4.2 Release Lead Drew Jaynes!

Tickets are on sale now for WordCamp, which has a schedule packed full of great talks. See you in July!


A recording from our Fight Impostor Syndrome panel is available on

Event details

WordCamp Columbus
The Ohio 4H Center at The Ohio State University
2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43210 July 18, 2015

Be excellent to each other.