Becoming a successful networker can be critical in helping any developer find a job or further their careers. However, it isn’t always a skill that comes naturally or comfortably to developers. In this session, Wesley Faulkner of MongoDB will share some of his advice on how to get beyond that awkwardness and succeed at professional networking.
How to Get Through the Awkwardness of Networking
There’s a lot about modern networking that we all should un-learn. Showing off your knowledge and targeting the “important” connections is the wrong approach. If you genuinely want to be an effective networker, you have to shift away from looking at these interactions as transactional. That said, it’s still hard to find people to talk to, and even harder to know to start up a conversation. I’ll give you tips that will help you work through those issues and ultimately make you more comfortable in new spaces with new people. You’ll come away from this presentation with advice you can put to use immediately.
Wesley Faulkner is a first-generation American. He is a founding member of the government transparency group Open Austin and ran for Austin City Council in 2016. His professional experience also includes work as a social media and community manager for the software company Atlassian, and various roles for the computer processor company AMD and Dell. Wesley Faulkner serves as a board member for South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) and works as Developer Advocate for MongoDB.