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GitHub's Public Speaking Culture (zachholman.com)
35 points by bevacqua 1287 days ago | hide | past | web | 3 comments | favorite

"More importantly, you want to to be there for other companies, too. Form those relationships with others so that you can be there for them when they're facing those hard problems. Fuck the business reasons; be good stewards of your community. There aren't many things that can make you happier than helping someone else get through a rough patch."

I love this sentiment. It's 100% why I get up for work in the morning. It's cliche, but I'd say don't "be there for other companies," but be there for other people, whether they're your customers or your co-workers or your colleagues.

To me a company that encourages public speaking is a big perk for my own career development. When I was interviewing a year or two ago, no company had a good answer to my question about my career path. With flat organizations, it's even worse because there is less room for you to grow. If the company is helping me build a name for myself and get experience with non-technical skills, they are at least mitigating this problem a bit.

I remember a GitHub'er speaking at RailsConf a few years back (possibly '09 in vegas?). I thought it was one of the best talks of the conference, both in terms of content and pace/delivery. I learned things, it kept my attention, I still remember it today.

All that to say–excellent point. Having your employees speak is good for them and good for the company.

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