Everyone enjoys coming out to the VMUG, I know in Edmonton we get great community involvement at every event. We all get a chance to talk with old friends and meet new ones.
The normal agenda for a VMUG, is the leaders get some vendors to come out and support the community, we listen to a technical session or two, we chat, ask questions, share experiences, and at the end we try to do our best to persuade one of the community members to get up and present at the next meeting…… The room normally turns to silence….. why?
It’s not because our members don’t have anything to present, its usually the fear factor of getting up in front of a room full of people, and having to present. We all remember the high-school days, where we go and hide the minute the teacher is looking for someone to get up in the front of the class.
Well…. time to change and get up and speak at your next VMUG. Plus get mentoring from some of the best presenters out there.
I remember the first time I had to get up in front of a room full of people, it was gut wrenching! However I made it through it and have presented more times now than I can remember. But you know what I wish I had during that time, a MENTOR! Learning the hard way was fun, or funny for the people who were watching me learn my way.
This all leads me to FeedForward, something that was started by Mike Laverick, Scott Lowe, and Duncan Epping, to help community members with their presentations, and mentor them though the process of presenting. The great thing about this program is they aren’t going to provide feedback after your present, they are going to help before the presentation, sounds smart doesn’t it
You may be asking, how do I find out more, and how can I join this program and start developing some amazing presentation skills and not just be a fly on the wall at the VMUG, and be the person up there doing the talking.
Join the Program: http://www.vmug.com/feedforward
Find out more on the program: http://vmugvoice.vmug.com/2014/February14.htm
Now Mike, Scott, and Duncan can’t mentor everyone that’s why there is a call out for more mentor’s. I tossed my hat in the pile. Either way go check it out and decide how you would like to participate.
Also please follow FeedForward on Twitter @feed4ward, and use the Hashtag #FeedForward
Look forward to seeing you at the VMUG.