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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Morning Thoughts
June 7th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Morning ThoughtsThis is my first in what I am going to attempt at electronically doing what I do every morning. Cody Bunch started me on morning pages to get my mind and system into writing on a regular basis. For the most part I have done this. As of late I let excuses get in the way, very much like not going to the gym.

So now that you know quickly what these are

Understanding Weakness

Last week Rebecca Fitzhugh during her Boston VMUG session talked about leadership qualities, there was one that stood out among the others Self-Awareness. Since then I realized I have failed myself with this blog, I have many thoughts and blog concepts that I just let excuses get in the way or laziness. I have had episode 6 of Tech Stand Up Podcast ready to go, however it just sits there.

This is my first attempt to change a weakness in myself, to learn from my failures.

In order to grow as a person in both your professional and personal lives, you need to truly understand where you are weak. Until you admit that you are not going to change. Understanding your limitations and what is holding you back from excelling is a great motivator to change.

One thing I find is that I am my own worst and hardest critic, I feel bad for my family at times. During dinner when I try a new recipe I am doubting things that I have tried. Now understand I am trying for with anything I cook multiple times – consistency. I want to know my food is not only tasting good but how can I repeat that over and over. I ask my wife and kids multiple times how it tasted, what can I change, thinking about it now it must bug them when I do it. However that is a weakness in which I need to be more assertive and confident in my cooking abilities and when in doubt I know the local pizza place’s number by heart. Seriously it is probably one of the few numbers I know off the top of my head.

Over the last 7 years I have failed at writing consistently, it’s a fact. That IS going to change. I am going to stop thinking of writing my book and actually start working on it. I have about two pages done so far, I started it last year.

By truly knowing and being self-aware with your weakness you can then start to actually make it a strength. Working on that or knowing when to ask for help to improve is crucial.

Tips to Help

Here are a few things that can help you get started with overcoming your weakness

  1. It’s ok to ask for help and guidance, understand though always passing a task onto someone else will be seen as you being lazy and not wanting to improve
  2. You have to be willing to fail, this isn’t something that is going to change overnight. It will require dedication and honestly hard work.
  3. You have to want it, without this personal drive to change you will not change.

So what are some of your weaknesses and how have you started to combat them?

 

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April 3rd, 2017 by NerdBlurt

This week’s guest is Ariel Sanchez, recorded live from the VTUG Winter Warmer. Ariel is a Costa Rican native who has a man crush on Tom Brady. This crush isn’t the type our wives may have on Brady; however, it is more his work ethic and drive that Ariel respects him for. Like our two other guests the vBrownbag is represented yet again on Tech Stand UP, sorry guys we are not renaming this the vBrownbag podcast.

Ariel has his own way, the Ariel Way much like our beloved Patriots. Ariels passion to share what he learns and give back not only the knowledge he learns but his time. Not only is he part of running a VMware User Group and the vBrownbags, Ariel contributes many hours on his multiple blogs. As well he focuses on being a mentor to other Latin community members.

Have a listen as Ariel and I discuss getting involved in the community, and more importantly as he said it best “Don’t be afraid”.

Show Notes

Twitter – Get involved and meet and interact with people

Tom Brady man crush

Community Commitment and giving back

New England Patriots

 

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March 24th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

This week our guest is Jorge Torres a technology junkie with latin roots. While we share a passion for technology we also share a love for the New England Patriots. While attending the VTUG Winter Warmer the Tech Stand UP crew caught up with Jorge to discuss and answer some questions on Blogging.

Jorge just started his blog Kolkes.Com, where he plans on diving deep into virtualization and sharing with the world. As we know getting advice from people who have been blogging for years, definitely helps! That is exactly what we talk about in this weeks episode.

We walk through the journey of getting inspired by the content he consumed. This passion and desire to give back is what drove Jorge to start his blog. Being an engineer on a daily basis, he enjoyed learning from others but realized that by him creating the content he was able to remember the content.

 

A major trend is for new bloggers to  have a senior or respected member of the community to turn too. Ariel Sanchez is that person for Jorge, with Ariel’s Latin community give back through the vBrownbag, gave him a rapport which turned into a trusted friendship and mentor.

 

This has me thinking, what inspires you?

Show Notes

Jorge’s first time appearing as a guest on a podcast

Discuss how he was inspired by the community blogs and presentations

Talk about different blog platforms available and where to start

Mentor – having someone in the community take you under their wing and provide guidance and accountability

Creating content that others have created is ok, as this allows for you to retain the information

Using blogs as a self repository on how you fixed a problem.

 

 

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February 17th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Much like Luke Sky Walkers inevitable path to Master Yoda, Tech Stand UP podcast was destined to happen. Listen to our very first podcast with featured guest and a great friend brother to me Jonathan Frappier.

Prior to meeting Jonathan, I had no desire to watch Star Wars, however that changed as I knew he would drag me to see the latest release Episode VII. After watching all of them, Sean Thulin was excited as he too had wanted me to watch Star Wars. Like the movies, the lives of Jonathan, Sean and our other good friend Matthew Broberg were destined to intertwine. Six years ago our epic journey began.

It was fitting to have the “NerdHerd” on as my first guests to record on the podcast, but like Hans & Princess Leia’s relationship, that didn’t go as planned. While attending the VTUG Winter Warmer this past Jan, I had pleasure to record the first few episodes live. Only Jonathan was there for the very first podcast.

Episode 1

In this episode Jonathan and I start to discuss Devops, and I quickly turn it around on him. Now you have to understand our conversations change back and forth all the time. Now, you need to understand that Jonathan has been there for some pivotal moves in my life, instrumental to providing me guidance, judgement free. I have a million ideas for business or other projects and he listens to all of them. I gain insights from his past experiences. The Tech Stand UP podcast isn’t bout Technology per se and I explain that in this post.

What to expect during this first episode is everything! Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy  recording them.

Give the podcast a Listen to!

 

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