I'm scared of public speaking but got talent scouted for a Dev Relations role. Help!

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DupeDupe

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Mar 5, 2019 21 Comments

I have recently phone interviewed with Google for a job role that I don't particularly want. Role is in Developer Relations. I was talent scouted.

My background is a combination of technical marketing/customer/open-source/sales so I can see how I am qualified for the role. But I want to get into software engineering more and I really don't like public speaking.

Can anyone allay my concerns regarding public speaking: Do all the roles in dev relations require public speaking? I don't mind speaking in a workshop style arrangement but conferences rustle my jimmies too much. I like sales and one to one conversations. I like writing blog posts and technical documentation. I like talking to other people. I like screencasts and creating videos. I like talking to other devs.

Is there a role in dev rel that fits that bill?

Side note: My feeling is that this also may be an opportunity for me to get a foot in the door to software engineering at Google so I kind of want to continue the process, but at the same time I'm not even sure I can progress into software engineering after dev rel.

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  • New / Sales
    WsPM48

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    WsPM48more
    As a long time technical introvert, I can relate to your fear of public speaking. But just embrace it. It is scary and you'll always have nerves. But if you know what you are talking about and are confident, you'll do great.
    Mar 5, 2019 2
    • New / Eng
      DupeDupe

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      DupeDupemore
      OP
      Thanks for this. Recruiter and employee were very impressed with interview and past experience. I'm 90% happy with role, just public speaking is nerve wracking. I'm an introvert too. Are there any tips you can share?
      Mar 5, 2019
    • New / Sales
      WsPM48

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      WsPM48more
      Just be yourself, and dive in and do it. Imagine you are talking to a small group had helped me sometimes. It's the lack of the feedback loop when speaking to a large group that is disconcerting for me. You just need to totally committed to what you are talking about. I have been put in the position to present something I don't really believe in. That is much harder. But even then, it gets easier the more you do it.
      Mar 5, 2019
  • Tableau HyperJesus
    I feel bad for the company that scouted you.
    Mar 5, 2019 1
    • Google ajmK54
      I feel bad for the company that hired someone so close-minded.
      Mar 5, 2019
  • Just one advice: Face it! No easy way out, buddy!
    Mar 5, 2019 1
    • New / Eng
      DupeDupe

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      DupeDupemore
      OP
      Courageous are the brave 💯
      Mar 5, 2019
  • Google ajmK54
    There are a ton of different types of roles within DevRel; lots of people just create demos and maybe staff a booth. If you would be comfortable presenting something you built to 5-10 people and are a strong writer, you'd probably be fine. Definitely be transparent with the hiring manager so they can put you in the right role.
    Mar 5, 2019 4
    • Google ajmK54
      Also, if you're hired as an FTE, there are tons of classes on public speaking, including 1-on-1 prep sessions
      Mar 5, 2019
    • New / Eng
      DupeDupe

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      DupeDupemore
      OP
      Sage advice, thank you. I'll discuss it with my recruiter. I feel a lot more comfortable in progressing with the on sites now. It's a difficult one for me because I want to work with Google but not necessarily in this job role 😅
      Mar 5, 2019
  • Spotify DhTTY66
    I’m introverted af, but I noticed that fear of public speaking manifests the most before I actually speak. Once I start I get into a flow and stop caring about it that much. The trick is of course to know the topic, it’s a must. YMMV
    Mar 5, 2019 2
    • New luvr
      To not know or understand the topic completely and yet do a talk on that is public speaking. :)
      Mar 5, 2019
    • Spotify DhTTY66
      That’s public shmoozing
      Mar 5, 2019
  • Indeed / Other CDwY37
    Why don’t you get the offer first? Also how much % of the job involves public speaking?
    Mar 5, 2019 4
    • Facebook Qppv01
      ‘Google do things weirdly’. Seems like you no speak English.
      Mar 5, 2019
    • New / Eng
      DupeDupe

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      DupeDupemore
      OP
      I can sprechen l'anglais gracias.
      Mar 5, 2019
  • Google / Product
    bmy2012

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    PayPal, Google, Accenture
    bmy2012more
    Toastmasters
    Mar 5, 2019 0

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