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Getting Involved in VMUG

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Examining some common concerns for getting involved in your local VMUG chapter

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Getting Involved in VMUG

  1. 1. Getting involved in VMUG Examining some common concerns for getting involved in your local VMUG chapter Scott Lowe, VCDX 39 vExpert, Author, Blogger, Geek http://blog.scottlowe.org / Twitter: @scott_lowe
  2. 2. Your name is familiar...
  3. 3. Before going any further • Get involved! Audience participation is encouraged and requested. • 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 event
  4. 4. Why are we talking about this?
  5. 5. Because VMUG wants you!
  6. 6. Because VMUG wants you!
  7. 7. So why not take the leap?
  8. 8. • You don’t need to be an expert, all you need to be is a VMware user. • 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 expert.
  9. 9. • You do have something to share, you just have to discover it • 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 to say.
  10. 10. • 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 public speaker.
  11. 11. • We’ve already established everyone has something to share • 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.
  12. 12. All your objections have been countered...now what?
  13. 13. • Mentors are available—leverage them (see http://blog.scottlowe.org/2013/09/18/putting-the- user-back-in-vmware-user-group/ for more information) • Speaking slots are available—talk to your VMUG leaders • I challenge each of you to strongly consider speaking at a future VMUG meeting The challenge: get involved!
  14. 14. Questions & answers
  15. 15. Thank you! Don’t forget to provide feedback and rate this session on the last page of your Program Guide.

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