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Developer's Guide To Effective Networking

Speak At An Event

Speaking at an event gives you networking superpowers. It involves more work, and a willingness to speak to crowds, but the benefit you get match the effort.

You don't walk up to a group of strangers. They come find you excited to chat.

You don't have to come up with things to talk about at the beginning. They usually want to ask you questions about your topic or tell you good job.

Once you have done one it becomes a lot easier to be accepted to do more, and you want to know the best part?

You don't have to come up with a new talk. You can recycle your topic for a while before you have to create something from scratch. This gives you the opportunity to find time your talk and by the time you're done you have videos you can use as a resource for job interviews and applications.

Pros & Cons

  • Access to other speakers and conference creators
  • Easier and more natural conversations with attendees
  • Longer term recognition
  • Easier to get accepted to speak once you've done one
  • Have to create something worth sharing
  • Have to travel to get the benefits
  • You have to actually give the talk

Tips & Tricks

  • 👉Use your unfair advantages. What are things about you that make a venn diagram that others don't have.
  • 👉Start small with local meetups or a lunch and learn at your current role.
  • 👉Find niche conferences
  • 👉Find what you're passionate about
  • 👉Think of topics that you have a good personal story behind
  • 👉What are new tools or technology you can put pieces together for people who haven't explored it yet?

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