Friday, August 21, 2015

A little networking advice

A former co-worker of mine reached out to me asking what to do to get better at networking and how not to put yourself in a position where you may have cast yourself in the wrong light.

This was my response

Congrats for getting out there and networking
How many drinks are you having? If you answer more than 2, cut back. If you answer 2 or less, don't go beyond that. Alcohol should be a relaxer and facilitator of calm, not a lubricant to discuss things you are not feeling confident about.
Read a couple of networking articles (person to person not router to router)
Stay current
Find RSS feeds to know what is going on
Read sites other than CNN/FoxNews/MSNBC
Find local meet ups of security folks (my former co-worker lives in the Bay Area and I targeted my responses for there - search for local events - my home town has an awesome group ) - San Francisco - South Bay - San Francisco hacker space
Volunteer - There is one that runs the same time as RSA and volunteering will allow you to meet the people who are presenting and organizing
(look for events in your area that need volunteers)
As I tell my daughter, the more you listen then more people are willing to talk around you. The more you hear the more you learn.
A career is a lifetime thing, for some it happens in an instant, but for most of us it is something we will build over a long period of time.
Know your goals and set achievable increments to meet those. Create a leap from success to success and learning to learning. Knowing where you want to go is the first part of getting there.