Breaking out of my shy shell began with people asking me about my code (i.e. what does it do, and how can it help me). I wasn’t big on answering questions, what if I didn’t know the answer. When people ask you things on topics you know well a strange thing happens, you gain confidence by providing answers and having people thank you for it. I was thinking to myself doesn’t everyone know this, apparently not. Provide answers when they add value and your confidence will grow.
I always enjoyed working with others and sharing my knowledge and in June, 2012 I got a chance to be a movie star. I was escorted into a green room, had some powder put on my face and was asked many questions around how my company uses DOORS (IBM Rational DOORS as I was told to say as opposed to just DOORS). 5 months after the 30 minute interview a nicely made clip appeared on YouTube.
I am glad I wasn’t the one dealing with video & editing, all I had to do was answer questions based on my experience. This video illustrates another important point I have really come to appreciate of late, we all have a limited amount of time, so it’s important you focus on those things that you are confident in and let others take care of the things you aren’t. You have to remain genuine in whatever it is that interests you, and others will be able to tell when it is coming from the heart.