Last Friday, March 13th, I had the opportunity to speak about personal branding for developers at the Microsoft MVP Open Day for Spain, Portugal and Italy MVPs in Palma, on the beautiful island of Mallorca.
Photo by Miguel Ángel Cantero
The choice of topic is very intentional. I firmly believe that building a personal brand is one of the best ways to differentiate yourself from the rest of the fellow experts. It doesn’t make you look famous, but it makes your unique message clearer and more available.
The talk was very well received. I had a lot of follow-up questions and discussions, which is in itself an indicator that the talk was needed.
— José M Alarcón Aguín (@jm_alarcon) March 13, 2015
Usually, on these meetings there are several technical sessions but I have talked to few fellow delegates who share my opinion that people skills and soft skills are even more valuable for the technology experts. The technical topics are our staple, but the other topics are many times unknown or misquoted at best.
You can find my slide deck posted at my SlideShare account.
What do you think about the personal branding as a developer? Are you engaged into it? Would you like to see a series of blog post about personal branding for developers here on this blog? Share your thoughts in the comments!