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How to write to establish your technical thought leadership.

  1. On the first day of <write/speak/code>, we covered imposter syndrome, eradicating limiting behaviors, and how to become a thought leader. We brainstormed topics and started blogs. We heard from women who have successfully published books and technical editors.
  2. Thought leadership can't happen unless you raise your voice. This day helped people get more comfortable with putting themselves out there and owning their voice. We all have something to share.
  3. We discussed destructive patterns of thought and how to overcome limiting behaviors. The key to eradicating limiting behaviors is to recognize them, realize when they are happening, rewiring the response, and eventually internalizing the new behavior.
  4. Being aware if your thoughts and intercepting them helps you change your behaviors. yes -@rmillerwebster #wsc2015conf http://t.co/0q6joGrbmn
    Being aware if your thoughts and intercepting them helps you change your behaviors. yes -@rmillerwebster #wsc2015conf pic.twitter.com/0q6joGrbmn
  5. Imposter Syndrome

  6. Many of us have felt like imposters, but we can't let our fear stop us from giving our best effort.
  7. I loved the imposter syndrome material. It was uplifting, funny, and actionable.
  8. Dealing w/ "I cannot draw" by sketchnoting: You Are Not Your Impostor Syndrome by @nerdneha at #wsc2015conf http://t.co/HTXm5wpYuk
    Dealing w/ "I cannot draw" by sketchnoting: You Are Not Your Impostor Syndrome by @nerdneha at #wsc2015conf pic.twitter.com/HTXm5wpYuk
  9. I've attended many sessions that focused more on what it was rather than what you can do about it. Instead we covered helpful strategies to reframe your feelings when you find yourself feeling like an imposter.
  10. "After you do something that's out of your comfort zone, reflect on what you learned and tell yourself that you're awesome." #wsc2015conf
  11. It's key to realize that this will be an ongoing battle. You don't just stop feeling like an imposter, it must be managed.
  12. "Even if the risk is high, the experience of preparing, itself, is in valuable." @nerdneha on imposter syndrome #wsc2015conf
  13. Owning Your Expertise

  14. A big focus of the write day is getting into the mindset that you are an expert of your own experience.
  15. Experts are not people on pedestals. They are ppl who share what they know. Own your expertise. Share it. - @rmillerwebster at #wsc2015conf
  16. We need to become comfortable communicating our expertise when speaking or participating in other technical spheres. Be aware that your audience will value different things, so make sure to tailor your message to the audience.
  17. After we became more comfortable with ourselves as experts, we moved on to how you can use that to expand your profile in the technical community through writing.
  18. Nice list of topic types to consider writing or speaking about and getting the ideas flowing! #wsc2015conf http://t.co/Occs9r5G40
    Nice list of topic types to consider writing or speaking about and getting the ideas flowing! #wsc2015conf pic.twitter.com/Occs9r5G40
  19. Writing takes many forms. You can start small with something like asking stackoverflow questions and/or answering them. The next steps are blogging, writing books, and/or making videos.
  20. When crafting a I tried this & then that story, save breadcrumbs/capture steps. Markdown is great. Ex:  https://github.com/colabug/ASandRobolectric/tree/blundell  #WSC2015conf
  21. We can share what we've experienced, what we've learned, and save others the same heartache (and headache).
  22. Write about what did not work. So others don't have to go down the same dead end. #wsc2015conf
  23. People struggle silently with all sorts of technical topics.
  24. Big problem: People assume that you know all the prerequisites. #overheard #wsc2015conf
  25. Writing Panel

  26. I was so excited to be a part of the writing panel!
  27. So inspiring to hear from these awesome ladies speaking, writing & making their voices heard in tech #wsc2015conf http://t.co/QUsbN7K4xK
    So inspiring to hear from these awesome ladies speaking, writing & making their voices heard in tech #wsc2015conf pic.twitter.com/QUsbN7K4xK
  28. We covered many topics including how to get started, routes for publishing your material, and opportunities that arose out of our writing.
  29. "[Technical] writing is one way of being available for people to engage with and know who you are." -.@chiuki #wsc2015conf
  30. I enjoyed sharing my experience self publishing my first Android development book.
  31. For the full story behind the book, check this out!
  32. Grab your $6.99 copy today with the discount code: writespeakcodepanel