Episode 25 – You Need To Be A Good Speaker with Will Bushee

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Will Bushee has been involved in technology startups his entire career. As a leading expert on web harvesting, he runs BrightPlanet and has 8 US patents on Deep Web harvesting. He is also author of “Wired for Coding,” a guide for IT students on how to stand out from the crowd and land their first job.

In this episode Will Bushee discusses why I.T. professionals need to be good speakers and how it can benefit your career. Will also talks about the importance of conducting yourself professionally when discussing other companies with colleagues and acquaintances.


Time Stamped Show Notes

(01:00) – Phil introduces Will Bushee

(01:29) – Will adds that he has recently got involved in teaching kids about technology through camps and events

(01:59) – Will also mentions that he has been getting involved in the local entrepreneur community in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


(02:37) – Unique Career Tip: Will says that all I.T. professionals really need to be good speakers

(02:56) – Will feels that if he had learn to be a good speaker earlier in his career he could have made better progress in some projects

(03:02) – In I.T. Will says that you don’t see a lot of people focusing on the soft skill of public speaking

(03:08) – Phil and Will have both recently undertaken refresher training on their public speaking skills


(03:31) – Worst Career Moment: Will talks about a project involving moving servers from one data centre to another

(03:58) – The company had a long standing relationship with their data centre but there were contractual difficulties

(04:12) – Will met with a friend over lunch and told him about the challenges they were having with the data centre

(04:26) – When Will got back from lunch he found out that his friend had contacted the data centre and asked them to give Will a break, which didn’t go down well

(04:44) – The data centre emailed Will to let him know that they didn’t appreciate being discussed negatively and that he now had to remove all servers by the end of the week

(04:53) – As a result there was a huge scramble to get everything relocated in a matter of days

(05:12) – The lesson was that negative talk about another company can come back to bite you

(05:28) – Always think twice before you start talking negatively about someone or another company


(06:14) – Career Highlight / Greatest Success: Will describes receiving the first proof copy of his book

(06:43) – Will says that he remembers the day very well since it was a long time coming

(06:53) – The book arrived a day early and he travelled across town to meet his publisher to get it

(07:16) – Will remembers sitting in the lobby staring at the book in disbelief

(07:47) – Several hundred copies of the book are in peoples’ hands

(08:12) – Will is considering progressing the “Wired for” title with further books


(08:44) – What Excites You About The Future of a Career in I.T.? Will talks about the speed in which technology is moving forward

(09:01) – Will particularly likes the way libraries are being capsulated and that new frameworks are coming out

(09:19) – The ability to build solutions fast gets Will most excited

(09:28) – Will talks about Amazon’s Alexa voice API as an example

(10:32) – Things that used to be so hard to do achievable with just a few lines of code

(10:41) – Will is excited for the youth coming into I.T. who will be able to benefit from these frameworks


(12:15) – The Reveal

(12:20) – What attracted you to an I.T. career in the first place? – “I just understood technology”

(13:01) – What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? – “Proof read everything that you write”

(14:17) – If you were to begin your I.T. career again, right now, what would you do? –”Front end or web development … user interface”

(16:15) – What career objectives are you focusing on right now? – “Professional speaking”

(18:00) – What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far? – “Being a curious learner”


(20:31) – A Parting Piece of Career Advice: Will says you need to learn to sell and learn to communicate well

(21:05) – Being able to sell by describing products or services will bring tremendous value to your employer and yourself

(21:22) – And learn to be a good speaker and communicate well


3 Key Points:     

  1. Develop the soft skill of public speaking
  2. Always be professional when you talk about other companies and organisations
  3. Proof read everything that you write before publishing or communicating to others


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