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Top 10 Tips for Surviving Tech Conferences (like Citrix Synergy)

Top 10 Tips for Surviving Tech Conferences (like Citrix Synergy)

In this special edition – we're using Citrix Synergy as the perfect excuse to talk about my top 10 tips for surviving a conference!

Here's the summary of the 10 Tips I talk about in this video:

1- Remember – We're all here for the same reason
2- Give Yourself Space
3- Stay Connected
4- Visit the Vendors
5- Actually Attend the Keynotes
6- Be Schedule Smart
7- Get OUT THERE… and LISTEN
8- Use the Technology to Your Advantage
9- Connect with People (the right way)
10- Have FUN Don't forget to connect with us at
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 02:15: Remember that we're all here for the same reason, it may not be that same exact focus area, it may not be that we all have the same skill sets, but we're all there for the same reason.

02:40: Give yourself space to be you.

02:50: Quick difference between introverted and extroverted: it is not how outgoing you are. That is a myth and I want that myth to die. Where introverted and extroverted comes from is where you get your energy reserves, replenished is the best way to describe that. A lot of people in technology think they are introverts when actually they're extroverts. They actually need that validation socially and things like that to let them know they're doing the right things, being the right kind of person.

03:45: If you are someone who is needing a sense of validation and things like that, you will find at a conference, like Citrix Synergy, that you have a lot of people to talk to and a lot of ways to get that validation. It's really important that you recognize these traits about yourself and know that even if you're not very outgoing, sometimes it's really good.

04:42Go celebrate your wins. Go figure out a table that fits a topic area that you've had some expertise in and go share that.

05:16If you are the kind of person who is very introverted, which means that you are self-fulfilling at restoring your energy, being a lot around a lot of people for too long of a time will actually sap your energy away.

06:40I would recommend setting times in your schedule where you are going up to your room and being alone, just to give yourself a chance to recharge.

08:06: If you're an introverted person that needs to have your self-time to recharge, be aware of that and give yourself permission to miss a session to do whatever's necessary to keep yourself recharged.

09:35I encourage you to go visit vendors. Stay connected.

09:51: [staying connected] Twitter is a great resource for this because every year at Synergy, the hashtag Citrix Synergy just blows up and you'll want to keep your eye out for that.

12:42Learn from the people that are there, the vendors. It's a good opportunity to get a two to three minutes synopsis of what they do. It's worth your time to go around to every single one. It's a myth that I find, people participating a lot that, whatever you buy from Citrix in your subscription will cover all your needs.

14:07It's worth your time to go around to each of these vendors at the expo hall and spend maybe one or two minutes with them, just finding out what they do, and then if that's something that interests you, making sure you follow up with them and they can visit with you in detail where you work instead of you learn everything about them and everything they do while you're there.

15:21: [Keynote Speakers] Go be part of it. Experience the energy that the keynotes have. They're really a great way to get the tone for the day and get pumped up.

17:16Schedule sessions smartly. What I mean by that is, don't try and get to every single session because well, first of all, you can't. There's really no way to do that. If there is something that preempts you going to a session, just make a note and say, you know what, I want to watch this after the fact, because a good lot of the sessions will be things that are actually going to be available online later.

17:51If there's a session that really excites you and you really want to learn more, there's nothing like being there live to really capture your attention.

18:04: [Sessions] Be smart about it. If you're having a great conversation with someone, if you're getting to know them, that's an opportunity you don't want to miss. That's a connection you don't want to leave by the wayside just because you need to get to a session. Think about what's valuable to you.

18:45Most of the presentations that are given at Citrix Synergy are actually just adapted and kind of honed down webinars. A lot of times, as far as the presentation itself, you'll usually be able to get elsewhere.

19:12: Don't build a social interaction and stop one that you're enjoying just because you have a session to get to.

19:27: Sometimes, if an interaction is just not giving you value, you're not enjoying it and you just really wish you would stop, I'm gonna hate myself for saying this, but I'm gonna do it anyway, and that is, sometimes a good way to get out of a bad social interaction is by saying, I have a session to get to or something like that.

20:19: [presentations] I do encourage you to attend, especially sessions that are not from vendors and not by Citrix people.

21:46Get out there!

22:26: At technology conferences especially, most people are just as shy as you are, so they're not going to come up and talk to you specifically. You shouldn't rely on that. My challenge to you is to get out there, get out there and make it a point to every day, ask five people or whatever number works for you, and asked that number of people something about themselves.

23:10Get out there and listen. What that means is, I want you to be interacting with people, but I want you to be asking more questions than you're giving answers. That's your challenge.

24:12Socially, as far as that goes, when you are in a place where you're asking more questions than giving answers, you're able to relax more.

24:46: Watch when you're rambling and cut yourself off.

26:45: [Asking questions] If you are wanting to become a Citrix technology advocate or do other things, that actually is a good way to work on those kinds of things. That's a visible thing that if people see you doing that, they'll know and they'll remember you.

27:23: Use technology to your advantage. There is an app that is there to connect you with others.

28:42: Connect with people in general and make sure you get yourself out there and connecting.

29:29: [Speakers/Influencers] Don't ask for their phone number.

29:55: If you connect with someone and you get their contact information, don't necessarily expect a response out of that.

30:05: If you connect with someone, don't ask them if they're hiring. If you're looking for a job, don't make mention that in that kind of weird way.

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Better Together – Celebrating CUGC 500!

Better Together – Celebrating CUGC 500!

For my 5th year of being a leader in the Citrix User Group Community (CUGC), I was proud to host the 500th CUGC local group meeting in Nashville, TN. Read more about the event at: https://www.mycugc.org/blogs/dj-eshel…

Patrick Coble (@VDIHacker) and myself (DJ Eshelman) run the group and we were joined by Steve Greenberg and Carl Webster along with Nutanix, ControlUp and Liquidware to celebrate. So- I thought I'd take the occasion to talk about why you should be part of a community – especially a ‘geek community'!

You can view my Dirty Dozen presentation free on-demand at https://ctxpro.com/DirtyDozen

You can join CUGC at https://myCUGC.org Join my private social network for Citrix Heroes at https://community.citrixhero.com

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 08:33: There's no environment that's the same. That's why I call these things leading practices, not best practices, because there's so much variance in the way people do things and the way organizations are run. There are different perspectives as far as business goals, objectives, how users are done, and then just businesses themselves are different.

09:03: If you don't have a community backing you up, then you're largely on your own and it's hard to get new ideas. It's hard to flourish in that regards if you don't have a community around you. If your only sense of community are blogs you find or Google searches or whatever, you probably aren't going to be all that fired up about making any kind of significant impact on the world.

11:08: The best designs in the world still have things that are wrong with them.

11:44There are things that happen and causes stress, and when you have that level of stress, it's really a good idea to have a community around you that can gather around and not only give suggestions, but just to vent.

12:17: You really should be part of a community that is building you up and is doing everything that they can to support you as, this is important, as you support themWe're only better together if we are together.

15:43: [joining a local group]I do recommend, like I do with many things, to use your personal email address for this, not your work email address. Work email tends to get filtered more aggressively than your personal and you want to make sure you get these announcements. You'll also want to go and adjust your email settings as far as that goes to what level you want, like forum posts and things like that.

18:07: Don't be that person who is just in your own world. You know, it's okay to get out there and experience all of us other geeks out there. So get out there, get better together.

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Top 10 Tips for Surviving Tech Conferences (like Citrix Synergy)

Is Coaching a Good Fit for me? – Citrix Coach in an Airport

Today we are coming to you from BNA talking why a coach can be the difference from where you are now to making more than $60,000 more per year (depending on your situation, that was my results). Depending on the work and investment you are willing to make, I (obviously) highly recommend investing in a coaching relationship! A coach points out things you can't see because you are too close to the situation. Or maybe you are stuck and just need motivation. Or maybe it is time to challenge your limiting beliefs and finally do great work that keeps you home more… And frees up the income to give more. If that isn't you, no worries. If it is… Let's talk! Message me or go to CitrixCoach.com

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 01:12: The first thing is, a coach is there to help you along the way, to point out things that you're not seeing because you're too close to the situation. Sometimes a coach can be someone who will give you direction, but not necessarily someone who's there to teach you. You learn the skills and you are responsible for upgrading your own skills, that sort of thing. But the coach is there to point out things that you're maybe missing,  point out some ways to improve.

02:14: The reality is that a lot of coaching you'll find out there in the world is much more based around just the simple concept of what can I do to improve. Unfortunately, a lot of people will never get coaching and that's a shame because in my life, coaching has actually been the difference of just doing a job and getting by.

03:23: [sports coaches] It's more about individual growth. Any individual player can't really truly grow without having a coach, instructing them and giving them corrections and making it so that they are understanding the things they're doing wrong so they can make adjustments and be better. 

03:47: If you are someone who is of the mindset that you could be better than you are right now, what you need in your life is not more books or more rara speeches or more whatever. What you really need is a coach.

04:46If you are someone who is committed to improving where you are, then coaching is a good fit.

07:06: If you are somebody who is ready to take your career to the next level, then you might want to seek out a coach.

07:30Just work with someone, get that visibility into what you could improve and don't just count on yourself. In the IT world especially, that could be the difference between a promotion or not, a new career or not, being a successful comp consultant or not.

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Consulting

Consulting

A career option I have embraced is Consulting! In this episode I talk about three primary options:

1) Working for an agency (like Citrix Consulting, for example)
2) Working for a Partner/Reseller or Services Provider
3) Working independently

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 04:04: The first and most common [consultant] that people see in the Citrix world I think is actually dealing with Citrix consulting services, or CCS or just services.

04:32: [consulting organizations] have a worldwide presence in the Citrix market, I would say CCS is probably one of the biggest, most focused on.

06:10: The second way you can be part of a consulting organization like that is essentially either as a person that is working for another company that's being subbed out to a consultant organization or somebody like me that's actually doing a kind of a blend. I'll either be a badged employee or as a actual independent consultant.

07:11: [being a consultant] you're still an independent consultant as far as that goes, which basically means you're trading that stability for the ability to say no, so you can more actively decide not to work.

08:47: [independent consultant] if you have somebody that's serving in that capacity, a lot of the time they're very much aware of needing to go do a good job so you get a good referral. That actually can help them be able to charge more or have more work because they're known as being reliable. A lot of people think that being an independent consultant or hiring one is a bad thing, but the reality is, they're probably gonna do a better job for you in a lot of cases because they are so motivated to do something.

09:19: There's a third kind of category of consulting which is when you have somebody that's working with a reseller.

09:33: [reseller consultant] They may not always have as wide an array in experience, but a lot of times they'll be more in tuned to what your needs are because they're in a long term relationship with you.

10:04Somebody that is a working with a reseller can not only do it on a scope of work but can also be a longer pace as well. They're able to work with you over a longer period of time so you're not having to condense it and get everything done right so rapidly.

10:54: [reseller consultants] they're very motivated a lot of times by the relationship and of having that ongoing thing with you. They're also a really good multi-tasker as most of the time because they are doing just that.

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Career Choices

So you've decided maybe you like this whole #Citrix thing. What are your #Career options? Join DJ Eshelman as he walks you thru his 4 (of 6) basic Success Lanes for IT roles in Citrix. What roles do you see yourself being most successful in?

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 02:12: The first option you probably have. the most likely is. if you are a part of a service desk or a help desk. and you are going to become a subject matter expert.

03:28: The service desk or the administration lanes is what I call maintain or manage.

04:16: There's various schools of thought on how many administrators the environment should have, and it kind of really depends on the diversity of the user population, how many different types of use cases there are, and overall population in general.

05:39When you're charged with building tasks, you're more of that engineer, the Citrix engineer, which means that you are tasked with taking a design and usually taking a design and putting that into action by applying leading practices to making the design work. And so your actual desire is putting out the servers and configuring them and doing all those kinds of behind the scenes work that's kind of outside of a production environment.

06:25: Engineers are tasked with things like upgrades and things like that, whereas the administrators would be more in that case, tasked with changes to the desktops themselves or maintaining the servers for Windows updates and that sort of thing.

06:53: Usually I recommend that before somebody considers themselves to want to do a Citrix engineer job, you really need a good two or three years of IT experience before you even try and go into that because you need to understand the complexities of not only Citrix but all the systems that are surrounding that.

08:08A lot of times you'll also see an engineer that will be tasked with the maintenance of several things, including Citrix. This is where you have your senior engineer general titles. They are tasked with a lot of different things and they're usually doing a combination of delegating work, supervising work and doing work within a project.

06:53: Usually I recommend that before somebody considers themselves to want to do a Citrix engineer job, you really need a good two or three years of IT experience before you even try and go into that because you need to understand the complexities of not only Citrix but all the systems that are surrounding that.

08:48: Then you get into other engineering types that are very often associated with sales roles, where you have a sales engineer or something like that, tasked with figuring out the needs for our customer and showing them through a proof of concept. They usually have to build out a demonstration of the technology.

10:14: The architect is the person who takes the use case needs that are identified and translates them into a design or a plan that can be implemented either by others or sometimes even by themselves.

10:40: [architect] a lot of the time they have a lot of soft skills that wouldn't necessarily be considered. I'm talking about things like making a presentation to management or making quality documentation. Those kinds of soft skills are usually something that you need as well as the technical skills to be an architect.

11:14: You might be part of an organization as an architect and have kind of a consultancy role, where you're really more of a person that is almost more of a business leader than anything else in the IT organization; where you are constantly aware of the business needs and making sure that they are being met by the technology. This is your CTO path of a person, whereas somebody, in the administration or engineering, might take a path that's more administrative in nature. Usually what I find with people are in the architecture space is that they don't always like to be the people that are responsible for staff, but most of the time they are someone who needs to be, at least a thought leader in that regards.

13:05: You have people that are just really considered experts and these are the people that reach beyond just the workplace or just what they do and are known for the technology in their lives.

14:00Then you have the final success lane that I have defined, which I call the authority. These are the people that have kind of taken the next level of expert, to where they are considered an authority in the technology and a certain area of the technology specifically like application delivery or network.

15:06: [experts] it's kind of vetted by the public, by you, and of who is considered an authority in the marketplace and who is not kind of thing

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A Simple Services Methodology

A Simple Services Methodology

In this episode, DJ explains his Services Methodology which will be featured in his new book “Just Do This” (summer of 2020). You'll learn how DJ has taken the methodology from companies like Microsoft, Citrix and others, combined it with some psychology (and observations of how sometimes Agile and DevOps does NOT work…) and came up with a simple 4 step process that is easily understandable and portable to multiple uses. You'll learn a summary of 4 steps in this iterative process: 1) Understand 2) Plan 3) Change 4) Maintain

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02:37: Everyone universally needs to know where you're at in the process. Otherwise, it's just your methodology and your thing and nobody else is going to be able to work with you.

02:57You're never going to be in that place where it's going to be “just what you're doing” and nobody else involved.

03:08: Ultimately, if you want to get further in your career and build up a success in that way, then you really do need to learn to work as a team and a methodology is a way to do that.

03:26: [process] it needs to be simple.

03:38the third major criteria here is that it be easily identifiable.

04:03What I think is not positive overall is getting hung up on terminology and things like that to describe what you're doing. I think that is ultimately a mistake.

04:50So I have four steps. Understand is always the first thing, then you plan, then you change and then you maintain.

05:10: First you understand what's going on, which means you take the time to either assess the situation or if you have a specific project you're going with, then you are actually finding out what you need to know in order to actually make a design or whatever it is that you're doing.

05:37: Your understand is the why of doing things.

06:37This is where things like change control come into play – in the place where you're actually going to say, okay, here's what I'm going to do, when I'm gonna do it, and hopefully you're saying also, here's why I'm doing it.

07:23: Once you have your plan down and it's good, you go to the change part of it. And so you're actually doing that whole change process, whatever it is; building out new systems, installing updates, whatever the changes are, that's where the effective differences in whatever you're doing are.

08:00: The change tends to be where the most time is spent.

08:34And then the next kind of phase with that will be maintained, which means you're just basically saying, okay, this is steady state from that point on.

09:05: You're actually doing the day to day care; feeding and hopefully with most IT environments is where the majority of time is spent.

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