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Infosec is not what is was a few years ago. We have ENORMOUS opportunity as well as challanges.
If you are good and care, you will develop some expertise naturally. You will NOT however, naturally develop “Expert Status”
A Rock Star is a recognized expert and has a number of other non-Geek valuable skills as well
Your story is not that uncommon – thank you for sharing and putting in words better than I can!
It’s all simple – it’s not necessarily as easy as getting a coffee or popping a beer and watching TV, but it’s not hard once you know what to do and how to do it.
Good luck going forward and stay in touch
That’s awesome Willie!
I’m hoping to turn my 12 year old daughter into my video person – she seems interested, and although my live video has improved it’s got a way to go. I’m getting lots of “polite” advice 🙂 Especially on lighting!
Thanks for your kind words!
Very funny Pete/”Lex” – I will be back for sure and look forward to seeing you then!
I never thought about building skills and confidence on speaking by speaking on a hobby – I know the perfect talk and venue. Thanks!
As we say in the video, a speaker is automatically considered an expert, but many of us are terrified of speaking on Infosec. Lots of people are perfectly comfortable talking on other topics, perhaps a hobby, and can build confidence and “work up” to Infosec. Glad it’s helpful
A lot of great tips – I can’t believe how much content you for in to a short period of time!
I can use some of these ideas immediately!
I’ve spend a lot of time refining these techniques with the help of the Infosec Rock Star Community – not all mine ideas by any means! Glad you’ve found them useful!
I’ve put once of your suggestions to use already Ted. I took an annoying repetitive technical task, something that usually goes smoothly on our database servers but occasionally has glitches, and documented it, including fixes for any of the glitches that occasionally occur, and ways to avoid even having them most of the time. It took about 1 1/2 hours and will save people endless time going forwards. It’s been less than a day and already over a dozen people have gone out of their way to thank me, including the bosses boss! This stuff just works!
Moving towards Rock Star Status!
Congrats Raj! That is an excellent technique for building your Expert Status! I’ll bet many people could have done it, but you took the initiative and are getting the deserved credit!
Took your advice and joined Toastmasters – great group and making progress very quickly
I never thought about what an “Expert” really was until I was introduced to you – it all makes sense. It was a bit of a stretch until I was comfortable with being called an “Expert” – but you say, you need to step a little out of your comfort zone!
Once we get past the “An Expert Must Know Everything” it gets easier! NO ONE knows everything, not even the #1 expert in the universe on any topic!
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