Scott Hanselman

FREE Pluralsight video: "Get Involved" in community!

May 07, 2014 Comment on this post [17] Posted in Musings | Open Source
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imageI'm absolutely thrilled to announce that my feature-length collaboration with Rob Conery called "Get Involved" is now available FREE from Pluralsight!

You can watch the whole movie RIGHT now for FREE. No sign up or subscription needed! Please tweet and tell your friends!

We really poured our hearts into this production and we really hope you enjoy it.

In this feature-length production, Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery offer suggestions and advice on how you can get out there, and get involved. Blogging, Twitter, Github, StackOverflow, User Groups and Conferences: all of this can make you a happier, more productive developer and inspire you to take your career to the next level.

You certainly don't have to be social to be better at writing code - but sharpening your skills this way helps you when it comes time for a job interview, a yearly review where a promotion is on the line, or when you want to start running an Open Source project.

If you're a fan of This Developer's Life you know how tightly Rob and I like to produce things - this video is no exception.

Filmed on the streets of Portland and at a Portland user group, we talk about Blogging, Twitter, Github, StackOverflow, Open Source, Speaking, User Groups and Conferences - all of this hoping to make you a happier, more productive, more connected developer. We want to inspire you and perhaps to take your career to the next level.

Additionally, we stretched far beyond Portland to seek out the other people who active in the social technology space!

  • Jon Skeet joins us to talk about what a Good Question is on StackOverflow - and also how you can gain reputation by providing Good Answers - and edits to Good Questions!
  • We venture out to the Portland Area DotNet Users Group (PADNUG) and meet a few developers who have just started going - as well as people who have been there for years.
  • While we were there, I gave a 10-minute lightning talk on Azure - a great way to get started speaking if you're not a fan of public speaking. Rob filmed the whole thing.

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You'll learn all about:

  • The Speaker Mindset
    • Not Wasting Time
    • What to do, What Not to Do
    • Defining a Perfect Talk
  • Preparation
    • Choosing Your Demo
    • Choosing Your Delivery Style
    • Handling Pressure
    • Engaging the Audience
    • Code vs. Slides
    • Creating an Outline
    • Creating the Story
    • Building a DemoYou have not watched this Clip.
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    • Creating Your Slides
  • ExecutionYou have not watched this Module.
    • The Unexpected
    • The Tech Check
    • The Delivery

Keep an eye out for my next video with Rob, coming very soon exclusively to Pluralsight Subscribers!

Rob has a lot of great videos as well like these and many more!

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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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May 07, 2014 7:39
Great, Thanks Scott :)
May 07, 2014 8:45
Great video, watched it through my PluralSight subscription when it got added to their library a while back. Highly recommended given it's now free.
May 07, 2014 11:08
I've just watched the section on blogging, which is excellent, and would like to thank you for stopping me making a fool of myself.

I've been thinking about creating a blog for a while and had started putting together some articles. They're mostly technical articles based around the things I do infrequently, so forget how to do them.

In a slightly less technical section, I also started a post on TDD (which I hate - for good reason). Even reading the first few lines in light of your course told me it was a massive mistake.

I'm now convinced that I do not have what it takes to become a blogger. I have opinions and am happy to share them with others if asked, but I don't have the self confidence to put those opinions out there for everyone to poke at. And that's Ok, I'm cool with that.

So, thank you for stopping me from shooting myself in the foot. I'll continue to develop the "code" centric side for my personal consumption (and as an excluse to learh html5, css and php), but won't be going public any time soon!
May 07, 2014 11:59
@Steve, you may be interested in these two posts by Scott: Your Blog is the Engine Of the Community and I am a Phony, are you?. They might help you change your mind!
May 07, 2014 15:44
Is this the same video that was released on Tekpub last year (that I paid for :( )?

If so, I can heartily recommend it!
May 07, 2014 16:23
Hi Scott,
It's definitely a developers view on the meaning of 'social'!
Very nice, but as a old CPian I feel offended you didn't mentioned CodeProject!!! You should, as now there are dozen of CPians calling voodoo upon you!
May 07, 2014 21:17
Could that saying, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"? be any more apt?

I have no idea where I would find the time to do this
I guess I'll start by watching that video though :)
May 07, 2014 21:43
Thanks Scott! Great video, I highly recommend everyone watch it.
May 08, 2014 11:33
Awesome! Would love to contribute as well
May 08, 2014 15:30
@Daniel, interesting articles and I take the point that Scott is making in them. I think I can fill some of what he is talking about without jumping right in to the whole blogging world. I really want to play with HTML5/CSS3 and have to pick up some PHP skills, so am intending to dip my toe, as it were, with a pretend blog.

I've made a start at and will see how I get on. If it proves to be something I get comfortable with I can move on to a "real" blog.
May 08, 2014 21:36
Thanks Scott, I learned a lot, specially the part that you were writing a post...
Shared it on twitter ...
May 11, 2014 16:27
Nice video. I blogged about it. Every software developer should watch it. Good job.
May 13, 2014 19:09
As a former Group Leader, I heartily recommend this video. There's a lot of great stuff out there in the "community."
May 13, 2014 21:46
Awesome video!!. Blogged about it -

Learned a lot from this video.

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May 22, 2014 20:09
Thank you, and Rob, for putting this course together! The "Get Involved" course is a great watch for anyone, regardless of profession!

The tips on blogging and online interactions are spectacular! I SO need to put together a blog now! Before this course, I wouldn't even bother posting a comment, but as a personal goal now I'm trying to comment on all podcasts and blog posts I consume. I'd encourage all of you silent readers out there to do the same!

Hopefully, you all will be content creators at some point, and I'm confident that comments will encourage you to continue creating! SO, let's all remember to contribute, to "Get Involved!", and to keep our favorite creators inspired so that they can keep us going as well!

May 28, 2014 12:42
@Stuart: if we are talking about the "Art of Speaking", no it is not. This video has broader scope than AoS. Nevertheless, heartily recommended.

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