Do You Want to Speak at MWLUG?

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.


I am an IT professional with over 20 years of experience. For much of that time I have worked with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, helping organizations take full advantage of the tool for building workflow collaboration solutions. I have ITIL certification and a background in project management as well. Recently I have invested in how mobile devices may be used to extend business applications outside the office, and have also been learning how to add social components to traditional business applications. Away from work, I have three daughters and recently celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my wife in Hawaii. I coach hockey, cycle, and love growing garlic and then finding new ways to use it. I added a section of herbs to my garden last year and was very happy with the result. I ride my bike each year with my wife in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for research in childhood cancers, particularly brain tumours. Our youngest daughter lost her battle with a brain tumour in 2008 and through this ride we hope to help find a way to prevent other families from experiencing what we went through and continue to live with. If I have any spare time, I like to travel, so you may see the odd photo from our family adventures here too.

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One comment on “Do You Want to Speak at MWLUG?
  1. Ray Bilyk says:

    A great reminder! Speaking at MWLUG is an awesome experience!

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