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The Podcast of career success in Enterprise IT
The Final Whispers – Episode 140
Oct 31, 2017 • 33 min
Alternative title: Goodbye, For Now! Welcome back to the final episode of The Geek Whisperers! It took us a little longer than normal to publish this one because, as you know, this is our last episode for the foreseeable future. We’ve been doing this…
Influence Marketing is different than Influencer Marketing – Episode 139
Oct 10, 2017 • 46 min
In a fitting second-to-the-end episode for us, the three of us discuss Influence Marketing. Bare with us as we dig deeply into the marketing terminology (along with A LOT of banter). If you’d like to read a little more before listening, here’s one against…
Happiness at Work with Lorinda Brandon – Episode 138
Sep 27, 2017 • 35 min
This week we tackle a topic bigger than a single career step. We talk about happiness as an intentional practice and Lorinda Brandon, Director of Developer Marketing at CapitalOne DevExchange, joins us to do so. She has over 30 years of time in the…
Advice for the Job Hunt with Recruiter Liz Bronson – Episode 137
Sep 18, 2017 • 45 min
How many emails is too many emails when you’re talking to a recruiter? And how do they get paid? We answer these questions and many more this week with Liz Bronson. Liz is a recruiting consultant and was the recruiter during the early years of VMware. Her…
Is Twitter Still A Community Channel When Everyone is on Slack? – Episode 136
Sep 4, 2017 • 38 min
The three Geek Whispers get together to talk about the trend of going private in social channels and where we should hang out online these days. We talked a little about this in the past, but the trend has grown even more so. People are gathering in new…
Talking Field CTOs and Sabbaticals with Nick Howell – Episode 135
Aug 14, 2017 • 45 min
Is the Field CTO the evolved final form of the Evangelist? And just how does an off-the-grid sabbatical change your perspective? We ask these questions and more as we talk with Nick Howell, who reflects back on his previous adventures as a technical…
A Docker Captain’s View of Community with Nirmal Mehta – Episode 134
Jun 27, 2017 • 26 min
You could be an attendee at an event or you could do more. What does that extra work do for your career? We revisit this classic balancing act with Nirmal Mehta back at to DockerCon 2017. We start by asking about why he’s a Docker Captain, but his story…
Staying Technical and Customer Facing with Leah Schoeb – Episode 133
Jun 12, 2017 • 31 min
Why is someone with a career starting in performance optimization looking for a job to be “customer facing?” That’s the question that brings our guest onto the show this week. Who’s hiring? Technical Customer Facing preferred. — Leah Schoeb (@vLeahSchoeb)…
Preparing to Keynote at Events w/Renee and Emily – Episode 132
May 16, 2017 • 39 min
There are Speakers and then there are Keynoters. The latter holds a gravitas throughout the tech industry. How does a community contributor step up to the keynoting stage? What skills does every speaker need to get there? Our guests, Emily Hendershot and…
Evangelists, Find Your Career Bucket – Episode 131
Apr 8, 2017 • 36 min
What’s Latin for without a bucket? The three Geek Whisperers catch up with you, fair listener, on conversations with those who fall into Evangelist type positions but don’t see how it fits. Our TL;DR is this: You need a bucket. We hit on how: Evangelist…
Experiences with Side Gigs with Mike Colson – Episode 130
Feb 22, 2017 • 37 min
When people are paid quite well in the Enterprise Tech industry, why do so many people have “other” jobs? Is it a job for a paycheck or a passion project? We talk to Mike Colson about his past experiences and how it brought him to a place where multiple…
Trials and Tribulations of a Technical Generalist For Hire with Dave Henry – Episode 129
Jan 24, 2017 • 31 min
So you have lots of skills. That’s great, most of the time. But when is that diversity of skills a liability? Our guest, Dave Henry, wrote a blog post about his recent free agent status that inspires this conversation today and its one the Geek Whisperers…
Engineering Your Time at Conferences with Aaron Delp – Episode 128
Jan 17, 2017 • 41 min
Being an engineer at an event is one thing, but how do you engineer an event? How can you make sure to meet those people you really want to?If you’re getting frustrated by the randomness of meeting people at conferences, this episode is for you. This…
Becoming a business geek with Ed Saipetch – Episode 127
Jan 3, 2017 • 50 min
How does a geek move into the business, and how many steps does it take to get there? This week we talk with Ed Saipetch, Office of the CTO for IBM’s Bluemix private cloud. Co-host of the Speaking in Tech podcast What does Ed do? Office of the CTO’s role…
Social media: the career killer? Episode 126
Dec 8, 2016 • 37 min
Too much social media kills the golden goose? That’s our topic this week as we discuss a recent article in the New York Times. Our intrepid Geek Whisperers discussed this article from Cal Newport, Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend On It. A couple…
Models of Contribution Throughout Your Career – Episode 125
Nov 22, 2016 • 38 min
So you feel stuck. What is a change that will make a difference versus one that makes you feel the same in a new place? How do you take a step back and review your situation? In a topic brought up by Matt and as a continuation of the Pioneers,…
Strategies for starting a podcast with Cecelia Taylor – Episode 124
Nov 2, 2016 • 47 min
How do you start a podcast? We get asked about that a lot. This week our guest is Cecelia Taylor, social media manager for 8×8, who asked us just that. We start with follow-up from Episode 117 — talking about Prescribed Tweets. “Brands cannot scale,” says…
BizDev Developer Evangelism and the Hidden Genius Project with Kurt Collins – Episode 123
Oct 18, 2016 • 45 min
We’re joined by Kurt Collins, Director of Developer Evangelist and Partnerships at Built.io, to discuss his role and his participation in The Hidden Genius Project, mentoring young black men and teaching them to code. The audio is a little rough, but it’s…
Getting Certified with Gregg Robertson, VCDX: Episode 122
Oct 13, 2016 • 26 min
What is the value of a technical certification? How do you make the time to get one? We talk with Gregg Robertson, who recently earned the prestigious VCDX certification. This podcast was recorded live at VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas. VCDX stands for VMware…
The Domolosophy of Leadership with Dom Delfino – Ep 121
Sep 28, 2016 • 39 min
Dom Delfino is not shy about sharing his opinions. Now the VP of Worldwide Sales and Systems Engineering for VMware, Dom joined us live at VMworld 2016 to talk about leadership. We touched on assertiveness, building trust, picking your battles, and…
Choosing Titles You Want to Have w/Frank Denneman at VMworld 2016 – Episode 120
Sep 20, 2016 • 45 min
In a banterful welcome back to the vBrownBag stage, we have another round of Geek Whisperers Live. VMworld 2016 brought us to past guest, Frank Denneman. His current title is Sr Staff Architect for VMware R&D. He can’t tell you what he does, but he does…
Keep Learning and Keeping Connections After Changing Jobs w/Erin Banks – Episode 119
Sep 13, 2016 • 37 min
Engineering to Sales to Marketing. It’s a path few take and everyone questions. We bring Erin Banks (aka Banksy and banksek) onto the show to discuss her move back to EMC as a Portfolio Marketing Director of Big Data & Analytics. What brought her back to…
Do what you liked doing when you were 10 with Sarah Vela – Episode 118
Aug 26, 2016 • 35 min
This week Sarah Vela tells us about bringing skills to the table at work, and knowing when to make a change. Sarah’s day job is in social media at Dell, and her recent non-day gig was as a co-host of Speaking in Tech, a role which she recently…
Prescribed Tweets and the Chamber of Employee Engagement – Episode 117
Aug 11, 2016 • 28 min
In a throwback episode to our social media origins, your Geek Whisperers take on one of our origin stories: the prescribed tweet. Prescribed tweets are a method of sharing prewritten content that a colleague (most often marketing) requests you send (most…
Online and Offline Community at Matt’s Wedding – Episode 116
Jul 28, 2016 • 24 min
In a particularly special episode, John and Amy record a surprise episode of the Geek Whisperers from my wedding reception! The guests are an amazing collection of people met through the community. In particular we cover: Task of being an online community…
Evaluating the Performance Evaluation with Srinivas Krishnamurti Ep 115
Jul 21, 2016 • 35 min
In which we ask the existential question: which would you rather have: an annual performance evaluation, a root canal, or a colonoscopy. Only The Geek Whisperers are brave enough to tackle this kind of cutting-edge question! Our guest is Srinivas…
Recruiting as Technical Matchmaker with Jill Jubinski Ep 114
Jul 1, 2016 • 31 min
Jill Jubinski is technical recruiting done right. We talk with Jill, Technical Community Evangelist for IBM’s Blue Box. We discuss how she talks to people as people and turns that into value for companies and recruits alike. We get into: Recruiter-ish —…
When Not To Be An Evangelist with Vaughn Stewart – Episode 113
Jun 14, 2016 • 29 min
When is being an evangelist not the right thing to get the job done? This week we talk with Vaughn Stewart about the implications of a title like Chief Evangelist, and why he changed roles (and titles) to VP, Enterprise Architect at Pure Storage instead.…
IT Pipeline and Hiring for Rapport with Frances Wong – Episode 112
May 12, 2016 • 29 min
The Geek Whisperers are coming back to your from our wonderful time at the Silicon Valley VMUG. Armed with beautiful new microphones, we sit down with Frances Wong, SVVMUG Leader and IT Professional. We discuss: Building rapport quickly The charisma myth…
Tech Recruiters are Matchmakers with Andy Tullo – Episode 111
May 4, 2016 • 28 min
Do Tech Recruiters have souls? We’ve often wondered. The Geek Whisperers have more faith after hanging out with Andy Tullo. He’s a entrepreneur focused on recruiting in our fast-growing Enterprise Tech scene. We discuss: Vetting company culture before you…
Investing in Career Insurance: VMware User Group recap – Episode 110
Apr 26, 2016 • 34 min
This week we recap our VMware User Group experience, where we talked with VMUG attendees about their careers and how to take the next step. This podcast was recorded directly after the Silicon Valley VMUG on April 12, 2016. We had a line throughout the…
Geek Whispering at the Silicon Valley VMUG Tues Apr 12
Apr 11, 2016 • 31 min
The Geek Whisperers will be appearing at the Silicon Valley VMUG tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Santa Clara. In this episode, we talk about what’s going to happen, how we got started talking about geek stories, and as always, Things We’d Never Do…
Is Tech Evangelism Dead Yet Or Can I Be One Too? with Christina Morillo – Ep 108
Mar 30, 2016 • 35 min
Christina Murillo started this show as a stranger to us. Within less than an hour, we were in awe of her work within the security community. Christina works in the IT Security scene in NYC – born and raised – and began by asking what a Tech Evangelist is.…
Advocating for Engineers and Customers Alike with William Lam – Ep 107
Mar 22, 2016 • 26 min
We’re pleased to bring you a conversation with William Lam, Staff Engineer II working within the VMware R&D organization and creator of the ever-popular VirtuallyGhetto.com. The Whisperers spoke with William back at VMworld, and due to a number of lost…
Surviving Enterprise Consolidation with Mark Twomey – Ep 106
Mar 14, 2016 • 34 min
What career moves can we glean from the big company consolidations of late? How do you stay above the downsize? We spend time with frequent podcaster Mark Twomey, better known as Storagezilla. He digs into industry trends, staying relevant with the times…
How to Publicly Resign as a Tech Evangelist – Kenneth Hui Ep 105
Mar 2, 2016 • 29 min
Kenneth Hui wrote a powerful blog post on leaving his job that caused this podcast. He made the tough call to quit his job without another one lined up. Here’s some of the story you can’t find online and some important questions to ask yourself as you…
Failure & Failing In Public – Ep 104
Feb 22, 2016 • 32 min
What’s happening with the Geek Whisperers? Where have my weekly episodes been? Well, we have to admit we’ve failed you, fair listeners. And we’re going to admit it in the open. This episode covers: Falling behind on podcasting Life getting away from us…
The Pioneer, Settler, Town Planner Continuum with Brian Gracely – Ep 103
Feb 2, 2016 • 41 min
In this episode, we welcome back Brian Gracely to discuss identifying yourself within the Pioneer, Settler, Town Planner continuum (based on Simon Wardley’s blog) and what impact that might have on your career. Things we reference: Matt’s Blog: On…
Looking beyond the server rack for a career in IT with Glenn Pitchford – Ep 102
Jan 24, 2016 • 22 min
Glenn Pitchford is an IT director at a small nonprofit. We talked to Glenn at the SpiceWorld 2015 conference in Austin. Glenn talks about mentoring, being a trusted advisor to the business, and living the dream with a career in IT. Some of Glenn’s advice:…
A Very Special Holiday Geek Whisperers – Ep 101
Dec 17, 2015 • 28 min
It’s the end of the year, and as things slow down and the holiday season ramps up, your Geek Whisperers gather an open fire to roast some chestnuts and talk about the year past and what we’re grateful for. Some links: Matt has a new gig with Intel and a…
Treating home life as seriously as work with Nigel and Heather Hickey – Ep 100
Nov 6, 2015 • 37 min
We talk about making the rest of your life work well when the work part of your life is busy as we interview Nigel and Heather Hickey. This is another live interview from SpiceWorld 2015 in Austin, TX. Heather’s current job takes her on the road, and…
Thrive by Learning New Skills with Scott Lowe – Ep 99
Oct 28, 2015 • 27 min
This week’s episode is a special edition of our time with Scott Lowe at VMworld 2015. A special thanks to our friends at TheCube for recording us live! You can see the original video here. Scott works in the NSX team at VMware, focusing on open source and…
The Importance of Being a Mentor with Cody Bunch – Ep 98
Oct 22, 2015 • 23 min
We talk to Cody Bunch back at VMworld 2015 about mentorship and how he finds the time to help others. Cody’s day job is as Principle Architect at Rackspace as part of the OpenStack Product group, but we dig into a passionate project of his that means a…
Life as an EMC Leader with Chad Sakac Ep 97
Oct 15, 2015 • 53 min
The Geek Whisperers have the pleasure of discussing careers with the very special guest of Chad Sakac, President of Presales at EMC. He’s grown into leadership, starting as an individual contributor and is now up to 4,000 “nerds in the field,” and that’s…
Next Steps for the Founding CEO of Spiceworks with Scott Abel – Ep 96
Oct 8, 2015 • 37 min
Audio on this one is pretty terrible, but it’s worth turning up the volume. What is the next job move when you co-found a company that’s grown to be a huge success? You have the option to stay and the option to transition out. This happened to Scott Abel,…
Localized Community on vBrownBag with vBrisket at VMworld 2015: Ep 95
Sep 9, 2015 • 43 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Geek Whisperers! While we were live at VMworld 2015, we jumped on the vBrownBag stage and discussing localized community with the vBrisket guys. You may recognize their handy work around the Pittsburgh area and for…
We Need to Speak Differently – Technical Marketing with Tyler Hannan Ep 94
Aug 13, 2015 • 29 min
Tyler Hannan, Director of Technical Marketing at Basho, digests what in the world a Technical Marketing Engineer (TME) does. His journey goes from database administration to technical orator and he has a great view of the many parts of the Enterprise IT…
Bringing people together is Not Marketing with Amy Hermes – Ep 93
Aug 6, 2015 • 35 min
This week we talk with the mind behind #CloudMinds: Amy Hermes, program director of this IBM program. #CloudMinds is a program that brings together cloud thought leaders, both online and offline, to do that smart thing when smart people talk to each…
Technology Evangelist as Utility Infielder with Greg Knieriemen – Ep 92
Jul 6, 2015 • 39 min
Your Geek Whisperers podcast with podcasters who like to whisper about careers. Mr. Greg Knieriemen is our first thrice guest and walks us through the career path memory lane as we think about Technical Evangelism, moving roles, living in Cleveland and…
New and Old Communication Platforms in 2015 – Ep 91
Jun 26, 2015 • 38 min
This week we had channels and platforms on the mind. No guests, just the three Geek Whisperers talking social media channels and platforms. Are private channels replacing public ones? Do podcasts replace blogs? Does Slack replace Twitter? Listen on. Are…