“Hardening” the Architect

I have always been petrified of public speaking.  During my VCDX certification journey, the presentation was always my toughest task, I would spend hours and days stressing and freaking out about talking to the panelists.  Yesterday, I realised I was cured.  Now public speaking does not bother me in the least; no nerves, no second guessing, just the concise delivery of information to my audience.  How did this reversal occur?

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Stale Local VMUG?

The current leader of my local VMUG really needs to step down.  I thank him for his service, but the time has come for some new blood.  His idea of a successful VMUG is bring in the sponsor, let them speak for 2 hours, have VMware provide an hour of product updates, eat dinner – WINNER!  In addition, he is not willing to contact vendors to get sponsorship, he relies upon one of the local VMware employees to do that for him, which results in only one meeting per year.  Not cool at all.

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VMworld 2014 – vBrownbag TechTalks

The vBrownbag TechTalk schedule has just been posted online for VMworld US 2014.  These will be held in the “Hang Space” on the “Community Stage”, which is to your left as you walk through the doors.  It looks like there will be a lot of interesting things going on during the event:

  • vExpert Daily & HP Sessions
  • vBrownbag TechTalks – featuring Rene Van Den Bedem, Julian Wood, Vaughn Stewart, Andrew Nelson, Eric Wright, Shannon Snowden, Brian Trainor, Matt Brender, Anthony Spiteri, Byron Schaller, Fabio Rapposelli, Edward Haletky, Sean Crookston, Sean Massey, Brian Graf, Tim Gleed, David Espejo, James Green, Steve Flanders, Craig Waters, Keith Norbie, Tony Foster, David Klee and Chris Sears
  • vBrownbag Sponsor sessions – VMTurbo, Peter Smith – Infinio and Andy Warfield – Coho Data
  • Geek Whisperers podcast
  • Speaking in Tech podcast
  • Latin America vExpert and VMUG sessions

So if you happen to be in the Hang Space relaxing, keep an eye out for the various events being held on the Community Stage.  See you at VMworld!

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