We Have To Be Better

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This Monday, instead of checking in on what you all are working on, I’d like to encourage some of us to take more specific action.

To all the privileged white guys like me, to those in positions of leadership, authority, and influence; let’s take a week off from arguing over dependency injection or Javascript frameworks and spend some time honestly examining how we are actively working against racism and other discrimination in our teams, orgs, communities, and personal lives.

I don’t know what that looks like for you, and I have so much of my own work to do in this area.  However, I can share some things that have helped me start doing this work.

How To Get The Most Out Of Attending A Tech Conference

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1️⃣ Above All Else

If you take nothing else away from this post, I hope you may at least consider the following as a framework for how to approach a conference, a meetup, or any other gathering of peers where you plan to learn something.

Learn 3 New Things, and Meet 3 New People

That’s it.

You Don’t Have to Know It All

I believe we should all put less pressure on ourselves to know it all. Learn what you need, when you need it, and remember to have fun.

Don’t Compromise the Things That Matter Most

Compromise is important. To build anything successful will require compromise. What’s more, compromise can be a strong forcing function in the overall success of a project. But compromise can be taken too far. What happens when you compromise too much? What happens if you start compromising for the wrong reasons? What if you compromise so…

What Keeps You Up At Night?

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Cross-Posted On Medium

What keeps you up at night?

We all have something unique, beautiful, and truly special we can share with the world Click To Tweet

 

Perhaps that question is a little too vague. Let’s be more specific.

What excites you? What passions does your mind drift to while you lie awake at night; or while you commute; or sit in class?

What are you building? Creating? Giving back?

If you knew you wouldn’t fail, where would you invest your time & your energy?

 

Experiences of a first-time conference speaker

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The notion of conference speaking both excites & scares me.

I just gave my first 2 android conference talks

When I finally worked up the courage to submit conference talk proposals, I did so with the intention of documenting the speaking process if I were selected.

I hoped that by openly sharing my experiences that I could perhaps connect with others that are considering taking the same leap. And that, by seeing my excitement/fears/anxiety/joy, they may recognize that there is nothing special required to add your voice to the public forum.

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