May 17th, 2018 by Luigi Danakos

Social Media is a tumultuousness place. You hear so much about the drama and bad that comes from it. What you rarely hear is how awesome it is. The real benefit from engaging on social platforms.

Hidden beneath the political banter and this is right and you are wrong lies a beauty of connecting with people. Understand that you get what you want out of your social media use, you want to talk sports, technology or even the dreaded politics discussions, there is a social platform or community for it. Social media platforms are there from the mainstream ones like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Every person uses each platform differently.

With all these platforms, how can you use social media to help drive new career opportunities?

Understand that this process is a journey and not like growing crops, taking time and commitment.Social Media Icons

Where to start

Start by putting yourself out there. – If you are only talking about change and doing nothing, then nothing will change. Find one platform and start from there.

 For me I chose Twitter. Back in 2009 I was working as a contractor for EMC and had just heard about this conference called EMC World being held in Orlando. Knowing I was a contractor and the department I was in wouldn’t be sending anyone and needing a way to see what the show was about. I saw on an internal forum people talking about how you can follow along on Twitter. So in March of 2009, I signed up and started connecting with people around the show. Then from there, I saw these social media meetups that Stu Miniman was hosting internally, being new and curious about social media I started to attend these meetings. Only years later and after I was working for HP did I realize that those meetings were for events and corporate social media activities.

Choosing a platform –

What you want to do is find the platform that is most comfortable for you and start engaging with folks around the topics where you would like to grow your career.

LinkedIn – Join groups and lurk for a little bit to see how the conversation is being driven, once you feel comfortable, start commenting on posts then connecting with people. My personal LinkedIn strategy is to connect with anyone as it grows my professional network.

Facebook – I belong to a few communities here but I kee this more about personal passions like food and booze as well as gaming. What you want to do is up to you but there are a ton of great groups and communities on Facebook

Twitter – This is still my favorite social media platform. I search and engage with users by hashtags. This allows for you to start to build a rapport with fellow users around a topic. The VMware or vCommunity is a great example.

Meetup.org – Finding local user groups is key to building your next career move. By engaging with local users it provides that face time that solidifies the online connections. It is also great exposure in building your personal brand.

Start engaging

Now comes the best part, engaging with other users on social media platforms. Just be yourself, respectful and courteous to others and you can’t go wrong. It may take a little bit to get established within certain groups but as long as are providing good insights into the conversation you will be on a path to success.

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September 5th, 2017 by Luigi Danakos

Today’s guest is Shane Weinbrecht. Shane is a jack of all community for Scale Computing. We discuss how Shane and I met through the community and what relationship building really means. His love for sharing knowledge with others is what drives him to continue being part of the technology community.

Family matters and having the support of them is crucial for being active and giving back to the community. Having loved ones understand that their is value for you spending your time participating . I tell a nice back story in how I left my wife on mothers-day one year when I was first making connections in the community.

Shane discusses that the personal impact is far more important to him then the professional benefits. How many online connections became “real” life connections become dear friends.

How has the community impacted your life? What are you not getting out or giving to the community?

Show Notes

Macro Photography

Community & what it means to Shane

Support of family

The impact of connecting online/offline

Failing – If you do not try anything you are never going to fail.

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Will to Win - Sean Evans MMA
June 12th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

The Will to Win, it is putting your mind on an objective and not giving up. This post is dedicated to my friend Sean Evans. Who is Sean?

Sean is a father, significant other, friend, a fighter. Fighting is an outlet for him, stepping into the octagon takes the will to win. Having known him for a little over a year I can say he truly has the will to win. Even in losses he stays focused and destroys himself on social media, he is his hardest critic. There is a valuable lesson you can all get from Sean and his will to win.

Sean’s Will

Will to Win - Sean Evans MMA

Photo cred – Kelly MacDonald – Cross Face Production

On June 10th 2017 Sean stepped into the octagon to fight. That fight went the distance, 3 five minute rounds. It went to the judges, Sean lost by Split decision. What wasn’t lost in this battle was Sean’s will to win. Early in the fight Sean broke his hand, yes you read that right broke his hand. Did Sean stop? Nope, he had a will to finish and go out there and put on a show. His will to win put the pain of a broken hand aside, now imagine where your job is to punch a person trying to pummel you and with each hit you are hurting.

How many would want to give up? Well seeing how I mentioned earlier that Sean went the distance in the fight not him. That is something he should be proud of, I sure am proud of him.

Something I noticed with Sean is a weakness, in a previous Morning Thought I discussed knowing your weakness. Now it’s not a bad weakness, it is what drives his will to win.

I know you are wondering how is his weakness driving his will, simple he is a fighter. The limits he pushes himself in training is insane, but he keeps it real, he talks about the struggles. How many go to the gym to walk on a treadmill? Sean does sometimes 3 hard training sessions from boxing, cardio and BJJ then finishes with hard sparring with some heavy hitters. He is conditioning his will to win for when he steps into the octagon.

Will to Win

Photo Cred – Igdalia Medina- Medina MMA Photography

What you can learn

If you take anything away from this post I want you to take away that you can do anything. I am proud of Sean for stepping in the cage, pushing the limits and not giving up. Are you having tough time at work on a project? Tell yourself you got this, have the will to win. Stay focused even if things get bumpy, you need to will to win.

You have to want something to not give up, to fight past adversity. If you are expecting things to just come to you, then change and start doing and making things happen. Sean trains hard everyday, be like Sean and push yourself in life and your job. By doing so your will to win is magnified and in life you already won.

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June 8th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Imposter Syndrome, what is it? I had just heard about this when my good friend Jonathan Frappier tweeted about it.

 

Frapp (as I call him) is one of the smartest guys I know. So what exactly is this thing that he was feeling?

Wikipedia defines it as – Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the imposter experience) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”

In short it means a person feels as if they are not worthy, or doubting their abilities. Also you feel as an outsider at times.

Imposter Syndrome

After that tweet I started to think about this topic more and more, it came up multiple times in my twitter feed from different people that I follow. But for me I found that I’ve have Imposter syndrome. I said it, while I am confident in my abilities, I doubt myself.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

I spoke a little about Self-Awareness in a recent post and how you need to understand your weaknesses. The same goes for overcoming that feeling you get from Imposter Syndrome. There is another caveat to it though, you must know and own your strengths.

Be Positive – This is tough for many, especially when you have a sense of doubt or as if you do not belong. I call positive energy #NerdBlurtMojo. While I am not a huge religion fan I am a believer in energy. Staying positive keeps positive energy around you, this will help with that feeling of you do not belong.

You know what you know – One thing I have learned is I know a lot of stuff, I also know a lot of people. I do not need to know everything, I just need the ability to know when to ask for help. By owning what you know the sense of not belonging to a certain group is eased and you feel comfortable.

Tell yourself – Everyday speak to yourself and say it’s ok, I got this today.

Know your worth – Understand the value you bring, then demonstrate that value. If your current situation isn’t feeling right or you are not being valued then look for a different one.

Surround yourself with variety of people –  To me this is important, you have to be able to accept all kinds of people. I love the fact that I do not agree with my peers on everything, I also enjoy the many conversations and deep discussions I have with those of opposing views than mine. End of the day we all have beliefs and values, being open and surrounding yourself with a diverse group of peers will help you feel that you are important and belong in a group.

I love TED talks and came across this nice playlist of talks. Head over there and give them a listen, as they cover a few areas that trigger Imposter Syndrome.

Understand that I struggle with this on a daily basis and know that you are not alone. I have to thank my friend Frapp for being brave and coming forward, had he not I may not have known what I suffer from daily.

Have you ever felt like you were experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

 

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Tech Stand UP Ep 4 Secrets Exposed
May 10th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Secrets everyone has them, and this week’s guests are no different. I am joined by three guests this week; Rebecca Fitzhugh, Mike Burkhart & Herb.

This is the fourth and final recorded live at the VTUG Winter Warmer event podcast, and it is a fitting one to say the least.

Tech Stand UP Ep 4 Secrets ExposedMy original plan was to talk with Rebecca on becoming a newly minted female VCDX, for those that are unaware the VCDX is a tedious process to obtain filled with multiple certification exams followed up with an architecture design and defended against by a live panel. It is a huge accomplished in the VMware space, while to me personally I don’t see gender , however woman do have to go against unbiased or sometimes biased views in the world. So, seeing a smart lady not caring and continuing to go for what she wants and be a role model for other women is inspiring. I have two daughters, I want them to be inspired by other females to do great things.

Well, the recording went different, as Mike and Herb joined and the four of us had some awesome banter. That is why I record these to capture different conversations from all areas and view points.

Notice past the banter is the underlying story of how these three guests became friends; helping each other through some tough times, just laughing. It makes you think of how relationships are formed, relating back to episode one of Tech Stand UP.

It also is a testament to the virtualization community pulling together, the VCDX program has a great community support  system. Both were undeterred by failing the panel defense.

Many  do not like talking about is failing; while we all know people fail , many choose to not say anything. We focus so much on success despite there having been many failed attempts.

So give it a listen, and what secrets are you holding?

 

Show Notes

Mentorship

Community pulling together

VCDX Groupies

Did you know that Rebecca was a female?

How not giving up and to keep trying

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