I’ve been very happy with the progress of the Memphis Java Users’ Group under Matt Stine‘s leadership, and last night kicked it up a notch, with a visit by Jared Richardson, author of Career 2.0 and Ship It!, and NFJS speaker!
Jared’s talk on refactoring your career was full of practical advice, engagingly presented …
Just stop right there! This is your Second-Guessing-Self speaking. Do you realize that you’re starting to gush? Even worse, you’re breaking my adjective-per-paragraph rule. Don’t tell your readers what to think! Just give them the facts and let them draw their own conclusions.
But S-G-S, I really enjoyed his talk, and—judging from their reactions—so did everyone else there. He even had Diane talking back to him, and you know how shy and retiring she is.
I’m more concerned about looking professional than about your enjoyment. Be objective!
Jared covered a rich list of specific suggestions for developing one’s writing and speaking skills; he also discussed a variety of contributions to open-source projects as a way to build visibility, reputation, and connections. These topics were all illustrated with examples from his own career, such as how he wrote the JUnit totorial that’s a front-page Google result.
The evening was rounded out with a discussion of goals and how to set and achieve them.
I have to say that hearing Jared was one the most enjoyable—but effective—kick in the seat of the pants I’ve had in quite a while! (Take that, S-G-S!)
Those who heard him speak (especially his advice on writing ;-) ) will understand when I say, “Thanc yew, Jerrid Rytszchurdsen!”