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Public Speaking Tips at IT Conferences

Recently I was asked by my manager to think about how I go about presenting at IT conferences.  I’ve now been presenting at IT conferences like VMworld and EMC world for the past five years and have seen my speaker scores steadily improve.  For me personally this has been the greatest achievement of my career so far, becoming a comfortable public speaker and learning how to present not only content, but make it interesting for the audience. First I wanted to start with a little history on my public speaking.  This is by far the most nerve racking thing I have EVER done in my life, and on this first day I would have done anything to get out of presenting a session. It is said that the fear of public speaking is a fear greater than death for most people. – Robert T. Kiyosaki I can certainly agree with […]

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VMUG April

Silicon Valley to Glasgow – April VMUGs I am presenting at

I’ve been invited to present at two VMUG’s in April which I am really looking forward too. First up is the Silicon Valley VMUG.  I presented at this event last year and it was awesome.  Really great venue, and great vendors supporting the User Conference.  Its great to get the opportunity to be back in my adopted home and talk about Disaster Recovery in the cloud. After I have finished my California trip I will be back in the sunny UK and presenting at the Scottish VMUG in Glasgow.  I will be talking about vCloud Air and giving an overview of the platform.  The last time I was in Glasgow was for a cup final when I was 18, and Aberdeen were playing.  (Its a long story). Silicon Valley VMUG 14th April – Register for the VMUG by following this link and the full agenda is available here. Scottish VMUG […]

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VMUG April

Netherlands VMUG Review 2015

I got the opportunity to attend the Netherlands VMUG today.  This is the first time I have attended the Netherlands VMUG so I was looking forward to it.  I have heard good things about the Netherlands VMUG from my colleagues. Lets start with the attendance.  The Netherlands VMUG has the opportunity to become the largest VMUG in the globe.  Currently the record is held by Indianapolis at 935 attendees.  The Netherlands VMUG has 975 registered attendees, so it will be good too see if this is achieved at the end of the day. The first session was the keynote with @JoeBaguley. Joe is an excellent presenter and always impresses when presenting sessions.  This session had it all, humor, information, strategy and technology. Joe talked about the direction of where IT  is going.  His point is that IT is not all about infrastructure, but is about the App and Data.  IT […]

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