As a regular London VMUG attendee and sometime presenter I am more than aware of the value of having community presentations. Sure, the VMware and vendor presentations are very useful but its the in the field, real-world, warts and all, non-marketing,nothing to sell, tell it like it is presentations that are often the most interesting.
In fact casting my mind back over many years of VMUGs, there are some outstanding vendor presentations I remember but to be honest most of the memorable ones have been from community members sharing their stories.
You may think, I’ve got nothing to say, my project isn’t big/important/valuable enough.
This is where you are misguided my dear VMUG friend. Sharing your stories, of that botched migration, bug in a PowerShell script, faulty unreliable firmware, vendor promises that aren’t kept as well as the awesome little trick you found, hardware hack you performed, cable splicing, .vib hacking, batch file busting success story is what we really really want to hear because if you don’t let us know, there’s no one else who will.
A full presentation of 45-50 minutes is daunting, I know, I’ve done a few and it is a lot of preparation work but how about 10 minutes?
You probably spent way more time than 10 minutes explaining your project to your colleagues/wife/kids so why not do it at a VMUG?
You don’t need to be an expert, guru or superman, just have a story to share and a little bit of help to give.
You may be nervous standing up in front of a crowd, well do it sitting down 😉 Seriously, you will not be judged or have tomotoes thrown at you and will be supported and encouraged through whatever nervousness you may have.
If I’ve managed to encourage you to get over your apprehension, the London VMUG has put its hands in its pocket and is enticing you with some pretty amazing prizes if you take part in vFactor which is a competition for 5 x 1st time VMUG presenters who are end users and can doll out 10 minutes of their wisdom on a virtual cloudy related topic on 22nd January at the next VMUG meeting.
The prizes are pretty incredible:
- 1st Prize: MacBook Air
- 2nd Prize: iPad Air
- 3rd Prize: iPad Mini
- 4th Prize: Amazon voucher
- 5th Prize: Amazon voucher
Head on over to http://tinyurl.com/vFACTORLONDON to submit your idea before 19 December.