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VMUG Presenting and #FeedForward

I just wanted to help spread the word on something Rick Byrne, my fellow Edmonton VMUG Leader decided to kick off yesterday.  Details can be found at his blog directly: http://rickrbyrne.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/want-to-present-at-a-vmug-feedforward-can-help/, but I’ll quickly recap.

Some time ago, Scott Lowe talked about presenting and how he’d mentor people too uncomfortable, afraid, etc, to speak publically at a VMUG.  Because we all know it’s not that we have nothing to say – we just don’t want to stand up front.  Heck, I’m one of the Leaders and I try to avoid it unless Rick pushes me in front to of the bus.  Over time, I’ve realized it’s not that bad, just something to get used to.  But if you had someone who does public speaking and presentation like a Sales Engineer (Rick) or a more recognized public figure (eg: Scott Lowe) you’d not only probably learn more, but you’d have the benefit of being able to say you had that mentor.  I know for me, that would certainly have helped. 

So here’s hoping some of our local VMUG members take advantage of Rick (in a good way) and see if they can get in some mentoring time with some of the more senior VMware community guys.  It’s not as bad as you think, and the room is usually filled with guys just like you. 

Let us (mostly Rick, let’s be honest Smile) know what we can do to help you out.   We’d love to have you come and present at a VMUG and share “tales from the trenches” or “success stories” or “things I’m trying and aren’t working, maybe you guys know how to get past this” or even a “we’re looking at a new <x> and we’re trying to figure out how to best design/implement it – could we do a group whiteboard and aggregate the knowledge of the group”. 

Let’s put the community in the community!

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