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Jared Richardson on Career 2.0

In 2007, Scott Davis led one of the best NoFluffJustStuff keynote presentations I have attended. It was an amazing collection of technology wisdom, history and insight similar to watching episodes of Alton Brown in Good Eats, but about hardware and software. I remember frantically writing down all of the books, terms and references from his presentation. I followed up on those references to learn more. Scott's sense of humor is excellent and he is one of my favorite presenters.

Last night, Jared Richardson stood in front of a couple of hundred well-fed geeks at the Columbus NoFluffJustStuff event and gave us a snapshot of work he has been doing career 2.0 (click here to read more). It's wisdom, not just for computer programmers, but applicable in any field where there are specializations. He dropped a few ideas, only a few of which I will note.
  • You want options in your career? Be visible, grow, make measurable goals.
  • Ways to gain visibility and also to mature your skills and knowledge: write, teach and speak.
  • Write: Write in a blog, book or documentation for an open source project.
  • Teach: Write a tutorial, show others the knowledge you hone in your free time.
  • Speak: Practice, lock eyes, pause. Start locally. Consider toastmasters.
Jared did well! Despite tailing an amazing 2007 keynote, this years keynote was excellent and once again full of wisdom, history and insight regarding our crazy world. I even used my blog for once, since I now have good reasons to do so. Thank you, Jared and NoFluffJustStuff.

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