Promoting Professional Geekery #50 – Get Others To Follow Your Lead

(For more Promoting Professional Geekery, see this Roundup of past columns.) And we come to the end of the series.  Yes, my challenge was to see if I could come up with as many ways possible to promote professional geekery.  What’s terrifying … Continue reading

Promoting Professional Geekery #49 – Be A Role Model

(For more Promoting Professional Geekery, see this Roundup of past columns.) It’s time to share your progeeky successes with people.  You need to tell people how you made it Why would you do this, beyond sharing your own awesomeness?  That’s simple: You’ll … Continue reading

Promoting Professional Geekery #48 – Use Your Progeeky Viewpoint On Geeky Events

(For more Promoting Professional Geekery, see this Roundup of past columns.) Geek events are great for careers – they let you attend career events, network, etc.  You know I’m a big backer of going progeek at conventions and more.  I kind of … Continue reading

Promoting Professional Geekery #46 – Find Your Coaching Specialty

(For more Promoting Professional Geekery, see this Roundup of past columns.)

So you want to help people out in their careers – from a progeeky point of view – you can always coach them.  After all, people are glad to have someone provide their expertise to help them out in their careers – and even more so when it’s a fellow geek.

Of course, what good can you do as a coach?  I mean where do you start?

It’s simple, you figure out two things.

1) What you should coach on.

Are you an expert at the job search (like I mentioned earlier)?  Good with resumes?  Excellent at finding career paths for people?  There’s clearly something you’re good at – and like to coach on.

So find it.

Look you probably can’t coach on everything, and even if you could, you’d be better at some things than others.  So find your specialty.

Also, you don’t always want to coach on some things.  Maybe you’re awesome at cover letters but hate discussing them.  Fine, find something else so your attempts to help people don’t drive you nuts.

You can always branch out later if you’re underestimating yourself.

2) How you communicate best with people you’re coaching

So you know what you’re coaching on – but how do you communicate it best?  What are your personal, technical, and methodological preferences?

Perhaps you’re good at one-on-one.  Maybe you like to help in groups.  Maybe you work best by email.  You may have physical, locational, or financial limits or advantages to use.

So find how you can communicate with people best, and find a way to use your coaching skills via that method – or methods.

Really, that’s it.  Just find what you’re good at, how you communicate it, and go for it.  We’ve got enough progeeks and potential progeeks out there that need career help, and what you do will make a difference.

Hey you may even want to do it via blogging, which sounds kind of familiar . . .

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach for professional and potentially professional geeks, fans, and otaku. He can be reached at https://www.stevensavage.com/

Promoting Professional Geekery #45: Write About Progeeks And Progeekery

(For more Promoting Professional Geekery, see this Roundup of past columns.) So you want to promote professional geekiness, to inspire, to help.  You’d like to write about it.  The only thing is you don’t have anything to write about. You’re not a … Continue reading

Promoting Professional Geekery #44 – Make Your Personal Page Progeeky

(For more Promoting Professional Geekery, see this Roundup of past columns.) If you’ve followed my writings for any time you know that having a good personal page is something I advocate very strongly (along with networking, etc.)  So, yes i’m going to … Continue reading

Promoting Professional Geekery #43 – Cooperate On A Book

(For more Promoting Professional Geekery, see this Roundup of past columns.) So you’re really not up for writing a book on your particular progeeky subject.  Fine, that gives me a room to sell more. But still you might have knowledge that’ll help … Continue reading