Can Empathy Be Taught?

Scientists think so.  There’s evidence that empathy is both a trait and a state. People can be naturally empathic, just like some people are naturally creative, humble, or diplomatic. And good news… less empathic people can learn to get better at it.

Can Empathy Be Measured?

Yes! There is actually more than one way to effectively measure empathy—and one way that is a waste of time.

Thinking, Feeling, and Doing Empathy In Everyday Practice

Empathy pays. Caring deeply about your customers isn’t just the right thing to do—empathy is good business. Empirical research shows there is a direct correlation between employee empathy and business outcomes (e.g., profitability, customer satisfaction). And employees with high empathy are less likely to burnout (i.e., call out sick, quit, disengage). I’ll say it again. … Continue reading “Thinking, Feeling, and Doing Empathy In Everyday Practice”

Experience Is Experience Is Experience

What is UX? Is UX the same thing as website design? In just a moment, I’ll set up my very bright spotlight to bring different aspects of the broad field of UX out of the shadows. First, UX is shorthand for user experience. Second, there are LOTS of kinds of user experiences—not all of them … Continue reading “Experience Is Experience Is Experience”

When to Use Which UX Research Deliverable

UX research encompasses all types of research activities: user research, competitive research, stakeholder or subject matter expert interviews, audits, analytics, and other information sources—with the goal of helping organizations understand how to better serve their users. Think beyond the tradtional research report! Below is a list of UX research deliverables you can use to help … Continue reading “When to Use Which UX Research Deliverable”

What Are the Different UX Career Options?

When you’re first considering a career change, it may not be clear there are many ways to specialize in UX. Many people get their start as a UX generalist, and then specialize later in their career. Below are different UX career options to explore:

How to Get Real-World UX Experience without Going Back to School

How do you obtain UX experience when you can’t quit your job to go to school? What are some ways to get real-world experience in order to build a UX portfolio?

Takeaways from My 2020 QRCA Conference Talk: UX Research Is Not a Synonym for Usability Testing

In January 2020, I spoke at the 2020 QRCA Conference in Austin, Texas. The name of my talk was “UX Research Is Not a Synonym for Usability Testing.” The inspiration for my talk actually came to me immediately while attending the 2019 conference… Sometimes when I introduced myself as a UX researcher to another qualitative … Continue reading “Takeaways from My 2020 QRCA Conference Talk: UX Research Is Not a Synonym for Usability Testing”

The Giant List of Edge Cases

Designing for the “average” user? Turns out, there’s no such thing. The average user doesn’t exist. When building your online surveys, user personas, empathy maps, customer journey maps, user requirement documentation, prototypes, and products—consider edge cases and biases. Nail polish isn’t just for girls and women; some men wear nail polish. Not all bald people … Continue reading “The Giant List of Edge Cases”

28 UX Research Deliverables

If you haven’t guessed by now, I love making lists. And as a maximizer, I’m always looking for new ways to grow as a researcher and strategist—whether it’s new research methods or techniques, reasons to invest in UX, or ways to communicate my research findings. Are you looking for ways to deliver research insights more … Continue reading “28 UX Research Deliverables”