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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This weeks guest is no stranger to being recorded, I am joined by Stu Miniman Senior Analyst over at Wikibon and Cohost of theCUBE. Many may know him as an analyst from theCUBE, I know him as a good friend and mentor.
Stu and I go back to 2009 when I joined Twitter, he was a driving force to keep me engaged in the community. I would say it panned out well for myself. In this episode we talk about the early days of our social media and how contributing quality dialogue is more important then being noisy. This is something that I live by today, except for when the Patriots are playing, then all bets are off. What I enjoy most about talking with Stu can be heard in this weeks Tech Stand UP recording, we easily touch on any subject.
One topic in particular that we touched on was diversifying your social network communities. Are you in a echo chamber? Stu referenced this blog he wrote in our talk. It is important and you may not know where it could help you down the road professionally or personally.
Last we touched on Star Wars,I mean who doesn’t love a good conversation about Luke and Leia.
State of Social
Transitioning from Vendor to Analyst
My early days and his influence on my social journey
Working in your passion versus just working
Social Echo Chamber –
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?
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.
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.
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!