first meetup talk

Tonight was my first meetup talk… and I have a lot of thoughts.  And a bit of a headache.

But I’m also really happy with myself for stepping out of my comfort zone.

I was fine all day, but about an hour before the event I finally started to get really nervous

I knew what I was going to talk about, and that things would be fine

It wasn’t really a topic that can be too harshly disputed since its mostly my own teams’ experience…and yet I couldn’t help but feel nervous

It wasn’t even my first public talk in general… just my first in a long time (like 10 years long)…. and I still felt the familiar anxiety of getting up in front of a group of people and sharing your thoughts, opinions, and ideas.

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Putting yourself out there is a potentially scary thing.

Allowing yourself to been seen; your ideas and opinions to be heard; these take us out of our comfort zone, and that can be uncomfortable

And yet, it’s outside our comfort zone that we grow.

Its outside our comfort zone that the most exciting things can happen Click To Tweet

And so, I think doing things like giving a talk, or taking on a new challenge can be really rewarding


I love this quote from Brené Brown:

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

– Brené Brown

I don’t know that anyone completely conquers their nerves or fears before stepping out of their comfort zone; perhaps they just learn to embrace being uncomfortable.

Perhaps in learning to embrace being uncomfortable, we open ourselves up to greater growth and opportunities.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. Click To Tweet

All Was Well

At the end of the day, all was well.

The event was great (at least for me), and I feel very good about stepping out and sharing.  Regardless of how it was received by others, I learned from it and that makes it all worthwhile.

Nate Ebel on Twitter

Had a great time presenting at tonight’s Seattle Kotlin meetup Thanks @trevhalvorson for organizing and @bigfishgames for hosting

and here were the slides

Seattle Kotlin: Adopting Kotlin

Talk given at Seattle Kotlin meetup event on Feb 20, 2018 Focus on Udacity’s adoption of Kotlin as the primary development language for the Android engineering team More Kotlin From Udacity: Posts: Udacity Course:–ud888 Contact Me:

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I know it can be scary, intimidating, daunting, and anxiety filled, but I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and do whatever it is you’ve been on the fence about.

You don’t have to be an “expert”

You don’t have to have all the answers

And it wont define you

But you might just find that putting yourself out there is rewarding in exciting and unexpected ways.

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About Nate Ebel

Husband Fur Dad Software Engineer Runner Geek I aim to cultivate a growth mindset in myself, and others, in hope we can effect positive change in the world.

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