Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean - Issue #23





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Hey, no judgment, if you can’t swim. Here’s a disclaimer: I’ve not swum in 10 years.

Hey, no judgment, if you can’t swim. Here’s a disclaimer: I’ve not swum in 10 years.
No, I didn’t almost drown and I’m not traumatised by anything. I’ve just not swum in almost a decade. End of
Anyway, if you can’t tell by the title, we will not be discussing anything serious today and maybe for the next couple of weeks.
Yes, you’re welcome to a new dispensation!
welcome to a new dispensation!
welcome to a new dispensation!
Basically, me and you will be sitting on a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G going through a number of interpersonal discussions in the coming weeks. We’ll discuss how to hack hackathons, all these non-bookish issues. We’ll be doing more views, hot takes of Consonants on certain interesting topics. 
PS: Consonants sound like a better fandom name than Consonancers, so thanks.
Let’s go into the serious stuff. Of course, I’m not here to give swimming lessons. I want to talk about a special group of people in the tech industry called floaters. 
Disclaimer: All the things I’ll be writing here aren’t scientifically-backed or something. In fact, the terminologies used here will be defined by the Precious of Consonance Dictionary. 
So, get with the programme. If you learn something, good for you, if you don’t, na your wahala be dat.
Who Is A Floater?
  • A floater is a person that floats.
  • A floater is a person that doesn’t have a deeply rooted friendship group
  • A floater is usually a friend to many cliques.
  • A floater is usually the first choice of replacement when the member of a friendship group is sick, missing, kidnapped, dead, or cut off.
  • A floater is most likely a loner with 1000 best friends.
  • A floater is most likely an extrovert or an ambivert.
Characteristics of A Floater
  • A floater usually finds it easy to make friends anywhere and anytime but you probably have a low friendship retention rate. It’s not like they’ll stop being friends with you, but the intensity does usually drop after a little while. 
  • You’re an ambivert or extrovert.
  • You’re most likely a sociable or likable person.
How Can A Floater Thrive in The Tech Industry?
Being a floater has its upsides and downsides. 
The tricky thing is figuring out  how to survive as a floater in a community driven industry like tech.
An industry where the juiciest deals are also made behind closed doors and are therefore based on recommendations or referrals. 
One other thing you could possibly miss out on, as a floater is the not-so-laid-out stuff in tech. the in-betweens.
Stuff like how much should you charge for services, how to notice a toxic workplace, how and when to negotiate salary, work with colleagues, how to upskill, new trends, hiring opportunities, and industry gossip. 
I only have some solutions sha, you’ll find the rest on your own, my dear. Oluwa a wa pelu e.
You have to be good at what you do. Like really good. 
If you don’t have a friendship group actively seeking out opportunities for you,  people whose job descriptions are to make sure they plug you into every conversation, you have to be really good, so that bare stranger can recommend you for stuff.
The other side to this is that you should market yourself shamelessly. Comrades, don’t start lying but try to dey blow your own paranran every now and then. Joo get? 
Have A1 in your social interaction game.
You know those you only have one time to make a first impression? Yeah, it will apply to you a lot. 
You will need to rely on your social interactions being so good that people remember you or liked you so much the last time they met you, that they can bring up your name in conversations behind closed doors. 
Attend events and volunteer. 
I think this also applies to those of you single pringles that sit down in your house all day and expect to find bae. Come for DevFest, but no you have coconut head. There’s no better place to make connections or start getting known than attending and volunteering for events. It’s a high conversion, low maintenance strategy.
Get a Mentor.
If you have a mentor or a sponsor in the industry, you go ey alright. Prosper Otemuyiwa details it better in his famous article. Most floaters don’t have mentors at least when they’re starting, but God dey our back na.
Have good head.
Festoffost, get your dirty mind out of the gutter. 
Secondly, one very underestimated strategy is actually having a good head. 
Some of you for some reason people just don’t use to remember you for stuff. Go village and wash your head guy.
If wizards are not chasing you from your village, the chances of you succeeding if you’re good, go increase by like 30%.
Follow who sabi road.
This includes the people you follow on social media, the communities you join, the newsletters you subscribe to. Look for value and follow value. There’s a lot that proximity to value and decision makers can do for your life. 
That being said, Hack Sultan sabi road and you should subscribe to his newsletter.
And that’s it for today folks. We’ll be discussing navigating the tech industry as an introvert or say a shy person in the next newsletter. See ya! 
Love always,
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