You may have noticed the announcement last week that the annual MWLUG user group meeting is accepting abstracts to speak this year. The conference is slated for August 27-29 in Grand Rapids, MI. After speaking two of the past three years, missing last year, I plan to be back this year and hope to have the opportunity to speak again. It is always rewarding to share with this wonderful community.
Which gets me to the point of this post. I have also had the good fortune of being able to speak at Lotusphere/Connect for the past three years, and every year the speakers in the Best Practices track get up on stage for the Gurupalooza session where the audience may ask questions of the panel and get honest answers. During that session we always encourage people in the community to get up on stage for the first time at an event like MWLUG and become a contributor and share their experiences. Here is one of the more extreme and positive examples from Marky Roden.
I would like to offer to anyone interested in speaking, if you feel that getting up on your own may be overwhelming the first time that I would be happy to be your co-presenter.
MWLUG reserves a portion of the event speaking slots for first time presenters. This is a wonderful way to grow our community and encourage everyone to share. As David Leedy, among others has pointed out, everyone has something to share, and even if you’ve heard it before, hearing it again from a different perspective is a great way to learn new ideas.
Now, fair warning: my admin days are well behind me, but if you have an admin topic you would like to speak about and would like to have a co-presenter, let me know and I will help find someone for you. If you want to talk about development, get in touch with me and let’s talk.