Episode 26 - Finding Your Voice

Episode 26 – Finding Your Voice


Today we’ll be talking LIVE for our anniversary episode, and leading a discussion with developers about impostor syndrome, and finding ways to contribute to the tech community.

“Sharpening the Tools”

Erin: Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve mentioned an Application Performance Management tool called New Relic on the show that we’ve been working with at work. Last Thursday I gave an overview presentation of what the tools is and some of the different metrics it measures within our applications. This past Thursday I lead an interactive deep dive session into the tool and explained how our team has been using various features and how we use it to debug performance issues we encounter.

Dave: This past week I was asked to be an interviewer, and I’m not used to being on that side of the desk. We are backfilling my old position, so I am there to ask technical questions. I even prepared a whiteboard test, and was second-guessing myself the whole time – was it too hard? Too easy? Did it really help me assess the candidate’s understanding? It was a bit nerve wracking but interesting to be in that role.

 

“Opening the Toolbox”

Episode Outline
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  • Intro and Overview
    • Who we are; recording live and publishing on 9/25/2018
    • Where we are: Nashville Software School NSS Alumni Pro Dev Workshop
    • Topic Preview – how to overcome impostor syndrome and find your voice as a junior developer.
  • Sharpening the Tools
    • Erin: New Relic
      • Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve mentioned an Application Performance Management tool called New Relic on the show that we’ve been working with at work. Last Thursday I gave an overview presentation of what the tools is and some of the different metrics it measures within our applications. This past Thursday I lead an interactive deep dive session into the tool and explained how our team has been using various features and how we use it to debug performance issues we encounter.
    • Dave: giving interview
    • *** Does anyone want to share something new they’ve learned?
  • Impostor Syndrome
    • Listen back to #4
    • You’ve heard of it, but what is it really?
      • Symptoms
      • Everyone Gets It
      • You vs. You
      • *** How has impostor syndrome manifested for you?
        *** What has it prevented you from doing?
    • Strategies
      • The Artist’s Way (***anyone read it?) – Judge / Fake it Til You Make It
      • Radical Hero – fight back! (Luke Solomon)
      • *** Have you heard this voice? What did you do?
      • Practice! Iterate
  • WHAT THE HECK SHOULD I TALK ABOUT???
    • Natalie Portman …
    • Past experience
    • Fresh perspective
    • You’re an expert in BEING YOU
      • “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
    • Your interests
  • Opportunities to speak up / lead / teach
    • Contribute ideas at work
    • Talk at Meetups
    • Present Conferences
    • Teach a Class
    • Publish a blog
    • Online tutorial
    • Podcasting!
    • *** Can anyone think of other ways to share your voice?
  • Fear of public speaking? How to overcome?
    • Realize you don’t have to be an expert! Nobody expects you to have all the answers
    • *** what’s a library or tool you know how to use? How many people here don’t know that?
    • You will learn more by teaching! Solidify your knowledge by presenting it
    • Nobody expects you to have all the answers
    • Bullet points from David Neals’
  • Wrap it up
    • Synopsis:
      • Combating your inner voice
      • Finding your unique voice
      • Where and how to not barf
    • Who’s given a presentation at work? What’d you talk about? Was it the end of the world?
    • Who’s spoken at a meet up or conference? Published a blog? Did you barf on your shoes?
    • For all of you who didn’t raise your hand, you now have a convo starter
    • I’m not going to tell you to give a speech tomorrow, but I will encourage you to ask someone here about how they did it.
    • We hope you hear your voice in the future

 

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