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The ByRecWorks Aspiring Speakers program is a completely free networking initiative for professionals from the tech world to try their hand at public speaking. After a recent event, I got the chance to talk to Helen Scott, a Java Developer Advocate, and CTO, Peter Hicks, about their experience.

I have long believed in the power of public speaking to build confidence and skills. With Aspiring Speakers, those new to giving talks and speaking publicly get the chance to try the waters in a safe and encouraging atmosphere.

Starting the group came from a desire to help tech professionals, a group…

Women in tech — Alex Radu and Stefania Chaplin

Stefania Chaplin and Alex Radu
Stefania Chaplin and Alex Radu

The next Aspiring Speakers event is an exciting roundtable interview with two outstanding tech professionals. Alex Radu is a senior associate with JPMC in software engineering and product adoption. Stefania Chaplin is EMEA’s solution architect at Secure Code Warrior.

The Aspiring Speakers initiative is our way of bringing new and established tech voices together to lift public speaking skills and enable the community to connect. I am a big believer in the power of these events to boost skills and confidence. …

Carly Richmond and Dominika Malinowska
Carly Richmond and Dominika Malinowska

I recently got the chance to talk to Dominika Malinowska and Carly Richmond about their experiences with the Aspiring Speakers program.

At RecWorks we have seen the benefits of public speaking and watched numerous tech professionals grow both personally and professionally. This is why we built the Aspiring Speakers group as one of the initiatives we are involved with under the ByRecWorks umbrella.

Starting the group came from a desire to help tech professionals get into public speaking and reap the rewards we’ve seen so many experience in our time leading user groups and communities. We designed the program as…

A Barry Cranford Aspiring Speakers interview — Andrea Mussap

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Andrea Mussap

Our Aspiring Speakers community is something we started which was designed to encourage tech professionals to try public speaking. We have seen many benefits coming from people that have gone down this path and are now looking to pass those benefits on to others. This program is completely free to join and engage with, and is our way of providing mentorship and support to those wanting a safe place to take their first steps. I recently got a chance to interview one of our speakers, Andrea Mussap.

Why did you decide to do a lightning talk?

Because as a non-native…

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I recently caught up with interim CTO/CIO and regular CTO mentor Frank Gibson to find out what his advice would be to aspiring CTOs looking to go down the path of becoming a full time CTO. Here’s what he had to say on the matter;

- What was your route to CTO?

My route to a CTO is not the typical Developer> Senior Developer route. I started my career as a scientist, developing methods and software to understand biological data. This scientific data management is known as Bioinformatics, but today this might have the more trendy name of Data Science.

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I recently interviewed experienced CTO Ken Baxter to find out what advice he would give to others looking to get into a CTO role. Ken’s first CTO role was with Rivo Software over nine years ago and he’s since been involved in many other similar positions. Here’s what he had to say:

- What was your route to CTO?

Geologist! — Developer — Development Project Manager — Head of Software Development — CTO

- Can you talk about how you stepped into your first CTO role?

Having led development teams as a development PM and being a strong advocate for…

As part of our upcoming Aspiring CTOs Mentoring Roundtables event on Thursday 29th October we caught up with one of our CTO Mentors, Ivan Teage to hear his path to becoming a leader in tech and what you can do now to prepare for a future CTO role.

Ivan Teage
Ivan Teage

What was your route to CTO?

Tech support -> Software design/analysis -> Software Dev -> Architect -> Head of Tech

What was the first thing that you remember hitting you when you became CTO?

‘The buck stops with you’.

You have to see things through and take full responsibility when things need…

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If you’ve read my previous posts then you will know that I am on a mission to encourage software developers to give public speaking a try. I’ve already spoken about the benefits it can have on careers as well has how to overcome some of the obstacles and challenges that put people off.

In my last post I discussed how one of the biggest sticking points is that people don’t really know what to speak about. I wrote about my discussions with Simon Maple, 20-year conference veteran and a hugely respected public speaker. We discussed choosing a topic to build…

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The act of getting out there can literally transform careers and I would encourage everyone working in tech to give it a go. It can transform your life and career. We organise a group called Aspiring Speakers that helps encourage and inspire new speakers, as well as connect to mentors and offer speaking opportunities so I spend a lot of time working with developers on the hurdles that make it a challenge to get started.

One of the most common sticking points I’ve come across is knowing what to speak about. We ask all our new members what’s stopping them…

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We recently spoke to Chris Reed, author of the international bestseller “How to become a Linkedin Rock Star” about how to build a personal brand as a CTO on LinkedIn. Standing out from the crowd is essential if you’re looking for your first role as a CTO or you are looking to step into an interim CTO or fractional CTO role — and building your own brand on LinkedIn will help you achieve that.

Chris spoke at lightning pace about the various ways users can engage with LinkedIn and how to harness the power of the platform. He covered a…

Barry Cranford

Founder of RecWorks (Tech Recruitment), Tech Career Hacker, Java User Group Founder (LJC), London CTOs Organiser, Mentor Match-Maker

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