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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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VMTurbo Home Lab

VMTurbo Home Lab Giveaway

This is a really quick article on a subject I don’t normally write about. VMTurbo are offering the chance for 3 lucky people to win some nice Homelab equipment. I definitely think its worth the opportunity to enter the competition.  Looking at the spec its nice, I hope I win 🙂 VMTurbo Home Lab Giveaway So what do you get in this VMTurboStack Home Lab? Intel NUC with Intel Core i5-4250U G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2x8G) 204-Pin DDR3 Memory SAMSUNG 840 EVO 250GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive Synology DS415+ Diskless System DiskStation 4-Bay NAS 2x Dell 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Hard Drive Cisco SG300-10 10-port Gigabit Managed Switch Rosewill 7ft. Cat 6 Network Cable Click here to enter the competition and win.

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See you at London VMUG 22nd January

I meant to post this last year but totally forgot. I will be presenting at the London VMUG on January 22nd.  I always enjoy attending the London VMUG, it has a great community presence, and lots of Great British Techies turn up. The VMUG will be held in the usual place: London Chamber of Commerce and Industry 33 Queen Street London, EC4R 1AP Click here for directions Some great meeting highlights too, check out the presenter list below: Puppet-Robbie Jerrom, VMware Presentation from Frank Denneman, PernixData and their customer, Cloudhelix Presentation by Simplivity Presentation by Unitrends 5 Starting Points for Cloud Adoption-Dave Hill, VMware Containers, DevOps and VMware-Andy Jenkins,VMware Bringing SDDC to Life-A Real World Development-Adrian Roberts, VMware Labs with Xtravirt and of course, who can forget about the legendary London vBeers.  Can’t quite beat a London vBeers. To register for the London VMUG click here My session details are: […]

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