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As Developer Relations professionals, we're one of the only departments (or individuals) whose job revolves solely around the community. We have the community's best interests at heart, 100% of the time. But often, we forget that having the community's best interests at heart requires us to interact with all of our coworkers as well. In order to best serve our community, we must be constantly working and communicating with Product, Marketing, Engineering, and yes... even Sales! We hold the unique (and sometimes overwhelming) responsibility of not only being advocates, but translators, mediators, representatives, ambassadors, and liaisons.

But what does that look like on a practical basis? After all, we can't be chasing down every fire, but we do need to understand other's perspectives. We also need to hold our ground and ask the right questions, even when it's hard. We need to know what our main principles are when building a community so that we always have a touchstone to return to when things get confusing. And we need to be consistent, both internally and externally, because we need to build trust if we're going to be successful at our jobs.

These are all difficult lines to walk, but don't forget that we're all in this together. Reach out if you need a reminder of that, or to share your weekly high (or low). Hang in there, friends. Remember that you're awesome and that you're not alone, and give yourself a little grace when the hiccups come, as they always do.

-Mary, @mary_grace

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