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Photographer: Fred Mouniguet

The mere thought of public speaking sends many of us into a state of panic. Even those of us who are not shy battle with fears and concerns such as:

“What if I mess up?”

“I’m not a good speaker.”

“I didn’t have enough time to prepare.”

“What if someone asks a question that I can’t answer?”

“What if this audience doesn’t find value in my content?”

“What if there is something in my teeth…or nose?!”

Whether you are a student, a job-seeker, or already on a job, there is a good chance that you will eventually be in a position to present something you’ve created, something you’d like to implement, or a topic you have knowledge on. …

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Photographer: William Iven

Time is money, and a wise person once told me to work smarter not harder. There are countless apps and extensions designed to improve your efficiency, and I will be focusing on 7 of my favorites when coding.

Speed listening — Speed listening is something that I still can’t believe I wasn’t previously utilizing. As a podcast enthusiast and as someone who often learns via videos, having the ability to adjust playback speeds has dramatically increased the amount of content that I’m able to consume each day.

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Using Video Speed Controller to Change Video Speed

This is especially useful when watching longer programming videos. Not all video platforms have speed controls available for users. For video platforms without speed controls, I use the Video Speed Controller Chrome extension. …

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My current setup at the hackerspace

When going full speed, it can be difficult to pause and reflect on how far you’ve come and what all you’ve accomplished. My life changed unexpectedly on multiple occasions, and I found myself as an underutilized 20 something with no clue about what direction my life or career was headed.

It took awhile to get there but in 2017, I finally threw caution to the wind to pursue a new career as a software developer. …


Joe Warren

Software Developer at USAA

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