Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Try Something New…Stretch Yourself!

September 2011

Three years ago, a CISO client I deeply appreciate in Los Angeles called and asked if I would consider coming to LA to speak to his Information System Security Association (ISSA) group.  It was the first time I’d ever spoken in front of a group larger than 10 or so people in my entire life.

When Dan called and put this question on the table, I thought about it quickly and accepted the invitation. I immediately called my wife and told her I was going to Los Angeles to speak.  She asked me what I was going to say.  I told her I didn't know. I just knew that I’d accepted an invitation to speak to an audience of security professionals.

Leaving The Comfort Zone

From stepping out of my comfort zone and stretching myself to do something entirely new, I’ve gained new relationships with some of the smartest cyber security professionals on the planet.  I was invited back to ISSA-LA to speak to their CISO Forum last year.  Some of the relationships that started in 2011 deepened on my second visit and through subsequent interaction with outstanding CISOs.

Since stepping out that first time, I’ve been very fortunate to meet even more dynamic and rocket science smart security professionals in Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas.  Today, I got to meet a new group of smart people when I was privileged to speak to the Colorado Springs ISSA. 

I had a blast sharing information to help the Colorado Springs ISSA members to Maximize their Careers.  The conference is still in full gear through the end of the day. I had to get back to my office for scheduled calls.  


I’ve been invited back to speak again by the ISSA leadership in Colorado Springs. A professor from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) asked me if I would be willing to speak to his Master’s level Cyber Security class.  Many people were kind enough to tell me that I caused their thinking to stretch today.

It was a great day in my book.  Can I get better as s speaker?  You bet I can and I’m already working on making adjustments to the delivery I shared today so I’ll be more effective when I speak in a couple of weeks in Austin and San Antonio.

Yes, I’m a little bit wound up today because I got to do something I love to do that I’ve only recently discovered that I love to do. 

How About You?

My question for you today is this.  What could you do to stretch and step outside your comfort zone that would be beneficial to your career and your own self-confidence?

Jeff Snyder’s, Security Career Coach, Security Recruiter Blog, 719.686.8810's Security Recruiter Blog