Notes from Whitney’s Amazing talk “Evangelizing Yourself” http://www.slideshare.net/whitneyhess/evangelizing-yourself-1184852
by Whitney Hess http://www.WhitneyHess.com
Visit Thisisindexed.com – great simple life graphics
Access to most challenging projects & hardest problems
“Common sense is not common practice”
Play up your strength
Accept your weaknesses
Share expertise — blog
Focus — focus on your specific skills, make them digestible, be honest, write often
Share new insights
“The opposite of networking is NOT working”
Visit a general tech conference — talk about UX
School — GGU
Share ideas and opinions
Find people who inspire you
See what they do every day & find your own voice.
Reply to everyone
Remember: you are a rep of UX in the universe
Go big — build a network
Write recommendations for people you know.
Fully public profile
Connect to everyone you know
Follow and engage with influencers
Figure out why you are important — 1 liner
Proceed with caution
Weird for professional use
No clients, friends mostly, feels inauthentic if client connect
Link everything back to your blog
Use same email address
Use same username
Be findable — 1 person, loveable, smart, real
Accept invitations to social events
Seek out events
Organize your own
Tech events are everywhere: IxDA, UPA, meetup IA UX — start your own
Ask someone for coffee: when you do, you will be top of mind in their head — they’ll remember the meeting they had with you last week.
Opportunities seized = life
Have a goal before going out
Pick one person in the room to talk to
Fred Beecher — prototyping
Have a recent blog/article/book to discuss
Ask people to introduce u to others
Ask: “can you help me meet more people?”
“Who do you think I should meet here?”
Carry your card.
Ask: “What are you working on?” — remember it!
Make conscious effort to remember what matters to the other person: kids, etc.
We are all each other’s resources
Negative thinking holds u back. Bury it
There are 3 kinds of confidence:
Confidence in yourself
Making others confident in you
Helping people find confidence in themselves
Recognize your past amazing work, be proud of it
Do things that are scary — they will not be scary anymore
Act “as if” pretend, do it often enough, it becomes the habit.
Nothing is permanent, make decision, move on.
Be opinionated, support it when challenged.
Be willing to walk away from negative situations
Ask for feedback, listen to it.
No reason to be emotional, not publically!!
Admit mistakes — everyone makes them!
Shut up and listen: 2 ears and 1 mouth to use in proportion
Shooting your mouth off = your own lack of confidence.
Mentor others (Coffee)
Give feedback and recognition linkedin recommendations
Connect the dots — synthesize what’s going on!!
Hope – Optimism – Enthusiasm
Cast a wider net
Don’t feed the trolls, ignore the haters.
Find your own happiness; pursue your life’s purpose.
Be reliable, grateful.
Follow your gut.
“Go forth unafraid”
I have empathy; I help people; I can help things that are broken and fix the real problems.
I want to affect as many lives as possible, harder problems, bigger challenges.
Helping people trade better — not fulfilling your life’s purpose.
Ignore haters — they are not very happy.
Remember why you are here!