Tech Stand UP Ep 4 Secrets Exposed
May 10th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Secrets everyone has them, and this week’s guests are no different. I am joined by three guests this week; Rebecca Fitzhugh, Mike Burkhart & Herb.

This is the fourth and final recorded live at the VTUG Winter Warmer event podcast, and it is a fitting one to say the least.

Tech Stand UP Ep 4 Secrets ExposedMy original plan was to talk with Rebecca on becoming a newly minted female VCDX, for those that are unaware the VCDX is a tedious process to obtain filled with multiple certification exams followed up with an architecture design and defended against by a live panel. It is a huge accomplished in the VMware space, while to me personally I don’t see gender , however woman do have to go against unbiased or sometimes biased views in the world. So, seeing a smart lady not caring and continuing to go for what she wants and be a role model for other women is inspiring. I have two daughters, I want them to be inspired by other females to do great things.

Well, the recording went different, as Mike and Herb joined and the four of us had some awesome banter. That is why I record these to capture different conversations from all areas and view points.

Notice past the banter is the underlying story of how these three guests became friends; helping each other through some tough times, just laughing. It makes you think of how relationships are formed, relating back to episode one of Tech Stand UP.

It also is a testament to the virtualization community pulling together, the VCDX program has a great community support  system. Both were undeterred by failing the panel defense.

Many  do not like talking about is failing; while we all know people fail , many choose to not say anything. We focus so much on success despite there having been many failed attempts.

So give it a listen, and what secrets are you holding?


Show Notes


Community pulling together

VCDX Groupies

Did you know that Rebecca was a female?

How not giving up and to keep trying

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September 30th, 2014 by NerdBlurt

The time has come for the first BlurtCast!! Please join me and other community members to feel more comfortable presenting! If you missed my last post, be sure to read it and send a presentation for us to use! You can choose to help mentor those wanting improvements. Chris Colotti is planning on helping mentor us during some BlurtCasts, so can you!

What is BlurtCast?

BlurtCast is the thought I had of taking Toastmasters and introducing it to Pechakucha (20×20) and thrown in with some virtual love of the interwebs technology. Attendees of BlurtCast will present 15-20 slides of a presentation, while the other attendees take notes to help the presenter to better themselves. It’s not about content or being right with information, it’s about perfecting the feeling of comfort while presenting to a crowd. To help each other one slide at a time.


How is it going to work?

Really wonderful question. In honesty, I’m not 100% on the flow but the concept is pretty simple. I will start a Google On Air Hangout (these are recorded by Google and published to YouTube) I will invite people that either

  • Fill out form below
  • Tweet or DM me @nerdblurt include #blurtcast and your gmail address. By doing this you agree to be added to the BlurtCast Invite Circle

Once there is a minimum of 2 people I will begin the broadcast (live portion people can watch, comment etc)

I will then pull up a presentation (this is where community donating presentations helps!) The first person selected to present selects on my name or whoever is going to control the presentation. This will make it so the person presenting can read the presentation. (this is work in progress remember that, it might change some as we go)

Then they start having 15-20 slide presentation and you can spend only 20 seconds per slide.

You MUST have a webcam!! This is to help us feel more comfortable speaking in front of people.

We provide feedback and some tips to work on after each presentation.

Now note here that you DO NOT need to be in the technology industry so please spread the word!

I plan on doing BlurtCast on the 1st Tuesday of every Month (was going to do Mondays but that cuts into Monday night football) If demand is there I will increase it to bi-weekly. I can also do an earlier one if the demand from EMEA area generates such.


I want to participate form


Every 1st Tuesday of the month.

Starting 7th October 2014 9pm EST length is at least an hour but could go longer or shorter depending upon number of people who join the BlurtCast.

Will be view able on Google+ page live and on YouTube Channel afterwards, as well as a blog post recapping the BlurtCast afterwards.

Nerd’s Blurt

I am really excited for this, not only because I am hoping to have a lot of fun with it but for me to grow. I know others in the community are interested in the same thing. To better oneself is to better the community. We are going to do that one slide at a time. Also please note if you are preparing for VCDX defense I would gladly let you present to get comfortable with your presentation to a group. I would not record that presentation as we don’t want judges getting wind prior to your defense.

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