It is that time of year again. VMware has opened up it’s vExpert application form. I could not find a deadline date
This year they are doing something different, there are three tracks in which you can submit under. ( Below taken from http://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa )
- Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path.
- Customer Path
The Customer Path is for internal evangelists and community leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have contributed to success stories, customer references, or public interviews and talks, or were active community contributors, such as VMUG leaders.
- VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements.
If you feel that you have went above and beyond the norm you should apply. I really wish they had the nominate a peer versus encourage a peer to apply.
I know the Damian Karlson and Cody Bunch should be tops on this list for the exceptional work they do with Professionalvmware.com and their #Brownbags.
I enjoy the vExpert nomination time and think it is a great way to recognize individuals with-in the community. The twist this year with the three paths is different. I am not sure how it will play out or reasoning behind it. So get out there and submit! you never know if you will be designated vExpert unless you try!!
Like many today I recieved the dredded your Session(s) were not selected email. AHHH!! Whocares! at least that’s how I’m taking it. There are plenty of Rockstars out there who didn’t get accepted, instead of giving up I challange you to still share that information with the community.
Plenty of great advice has been giving on ways to get your content out there. I will give some options which I feel is a great way to contribute great content to the community!
But here’s the thing you have to still create a presentation in order for this to work!
Contact your local VMUG (VMware User Group)
Don’t know if you have a VMUG near you? Easy check myvmug.org for one. If not there hop onto the VMware Community Forums . This is a great way to build presentation skills and allow you to network with others using VMware products. Great advice from Brian Gracely & Kendrick Coleman where this came from.
BrownBag on ProfessionalVMware.com
Now this is a great option as well for people as it’s all done over the interwebs. Truly being “Virtual” Cody Bunch does an excellent job here and is debating on a seperate way to get these sessions involved. Cody is a good friend of mine and an even better community member for all you VMware users. He devotes alot of time into the BrownBags.
Write some Blog posts
Now you might say you don’t have a Blog, or time to set one up. No worries people I’ve already offered to have people blog on here! I have a descent following and it would be great to have some different perspectives on NerdBlurt. (selfish I know ;))
Honestly create a blog, ask a friend to write on theirs, write one on here, what matters is that you are sharing information with the community. You may not know it but if you are sharing you are helping somebody some where.
Some sites to also Share resources
VMunderworld.com (What is this? Read my next post!!)