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JC Smiley
JC Smiley

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Insights on community engagement

I would like to offer some insights on fostering connections within the community.

Here is how I connect with the tech community:

  • One of the most impactful forms of engagement I've experienced is being a supporter or cheerleader for someone else's journey. It's not necessary to be a mentor to celebrate their successes and provide a listening ear during their challenges.
  • I thrive in digital chats through platforms like Slack, LinkedIn, and Discord. I find my greatest connection in one-on-one messages that focus on a shared experience. Typing out my responses allows me to carefully craft thoughtful answers, rather than just a simple Yes or No. I enjoy the ability to read and re-read the conversation, giving me the opportunity to provide a more meaningful response without being distracted by others.
  • Attending small tech meetups where there is a specific topic to discuss is another way I engage. These intimate settings provide a comfortable environment for easy conversation starters and allow me to interact with everyone in a relaxed and personal manner.
  • I love sharing my thoughts and experiences through blog posts, inviting the community to join me in my journey.
  • Building in public is both exhilarating and nerve-wracking, but the feedback and questions from others make it all worthwhile.

I have also witnessed other individuals successfully engaging the tech community in various ways:

  • Some have a magical ability to captivate audiences as conference or tech meetup speakers, engaging on a one-to-many level effortlessly.
  • Content creation through videos, written pieces, or courses is another powerful form of engagement.
  • Sharing victories on social media platforms spreads positivity and light in a world filled with negativity. Let's celebrate together and uplift one another.

I welcome any feedback or insights you may have regarding community engagement strategies and practices. Please feel free to share your experiences and observations in the comments section. Thank you.

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