Getting involved in VMUG
Examining some common concerns for getting involved in your local
Scott Lowe, VCDX 39
vExpert, Author, Blogger, Geek
http://blog.scottlowe.org / Twitter: @scott_lowe
Before going any further
• Get involved! Audience participation is encouraged and
• If you use Twitter, feel free to tweet about this session (use
@MyVMUG or hashtag #SWOVMUG)
• I encourage you to take photos or videos of today’s session
and share them online
• This presentation will be made available online after the
• You don’t need to be an expert, all you need to be is a
• After all, this isn’t the VMware Expert Group; it's the
VMware User Group
• Users want to hear from other users
• Wouldn’t you agree?
Excuse #1: I’m not a VMware
• You do have something to share, you just have to
• Every environment is different—no two vSphere
implementations are the same
• Other users like to hear how you’ve solved your issues
• Even the commonalities are useful
• Because of this, everyone has something to share
Excuse #2: I don’t know what
• You don’t need to be good at public speaking
• You only need to be genuine and passionate
• The best public speakers are those with whom the
audience can identify
• If you’re not an expert, doesn’t that make you
someone with whom others can identify?
Excuse #3: I’m not a good
• We’ve already established everyone has something to
• We’ve already established that users want to hear
from other users.
• We’ve already established you don't need to be a
great public speaker.
Excuse #4: What I have to
share isn’t interesting.
All your objections have been
• Mentors are available—leverage them (see
user-back-in-vmware-user-group/ for more
• Speaking slots are available—talk to your VMUG
• I challenge each of you to strongly consider speaking
at a future VMUG meeting
The challenge: get involved!