Harnessing The vCommunity To Further Your Career

Over the past 10 years, I’ve been a part of this amazing community. Without this communities support, I wouldn’t have landed my dream job as a consultant within VMware, nor become a Double VCDX. At VMworld 2018 this year, I was lucky enough to spend 20 mins talking to the vCommunity about how they can harness the vCommunity to help further their career. This session was recorded and made available online. In this session, I will share my story and highlight ways that you too can leverage our community to help you reach your career goals and aspirations.

I hope you find this useful. Feel free to message me on Twitter if you have any questions on the content or want to discuss things further.


vCommunity Twitter List

vCommunity Twitter ListIn an attempt to try and clean up my Twitter feed to make Twitter conversations and tweets a little easier to notice and follow, I followed the recommendation given to me by my followers and decided to split the Twitter accounts I follow into Lists, so they are easier to sort and categorize. One of the lists I started to put together was a vCommunity Twitter List. This list contains many of the people who make up the vCommunity. One of the cool things about Twitter Lists, is you can see people who have been added to the lists and you can Follow them on your own account. It’s a great way to find people with the same interests. As you can imagine, the vCommunity Twitter List is designed to include people who mostly tweet about Virtualization topics.

Tweet Criteria

Although this is a very informal list, as I mentioned earlier, the whole aim of this list is to remove unnecessary noise from my Twitter feed. So I need to try and put some restrictions in place.

What to Tweet

You can tweet about whatever you are interested in, I’m not going to become the Twitter Police. But ideally;

  • Virtualization topics
  • Technology topics – We are all geeks at heart

 

What not to Tweet

I understand that from time to time we all tweet about a wide variety of topics, try and limit the following, if possible.

  • Politics …zzzZZZ
  • Cat pictures
  • Endless Retweets – We want your thoughts, not just the thoughts of others.

Getting added to the list

The vCommunity Twitter List is still a work in progress and always will be. My intention is to keep this Twitter List dynamic. As new people join Twitter and start to tweet about relevant Virtualization topics, they’ll be added. And on the flip side, as people’s interests change and maybe their tweets are no longer focused on the topic of Virtualization, they will be removed.

If you want to be added to the List, please message Follow Me and message me on Twitter.

See you at the Central Ohio and Wisconsin VMUG’s in April

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking at not one, but two VMware USer Group’s (VMUG’s) in April. I am very excited as these will technically be my first (and second) time speaking at a VMUG. I’ve run a VCDX Workshop before at the UK VMUG, but never had my own speaking session. There will be lots of great speakers at both of these events which you really don’t want to miss out on. My session is titled: The Secret Sauce Behind VMware’s Internal VMware Horizon Desktop Deployment – In this session, I’ll be revealing how VMware deployed and run their own Horizon environments.

Make sure you register to guarantee your space and also keep an eye out for a couple of vBeers which we are planning on arranging in and around these events.

If you are attending either of events please be sure to come and say hi!

Catch Me At Both The Boston And New York City EUC VMUGs

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking at not one, but two VMUGs in June. You can catch me at the EUC-focused VMUG events, called EUC Explore. I am very excited as these will technically be my first (and second) time speaking a VMUG. I’ve run a VCDX Workshop before at the UK VMUG, but never had my own speaking session. There will be lots of EUC Expert speakers at both of these events which you really don’t want to miss out on.

As soon as the agenda is released, I’ll share it with you. So make sure you register to guarantee your space and also keep an eye out for a couple of vBeers which we are planning on arranging in and around these events.

  • Boston Summer VMUG and EUC Explore 2017 (Thursday, June 1st, 2017) – Register here
  • VMUG EUC Explore – New York City (Friday, June 16th, 2017) – Register here

If you are attending either of events please be sure to come and say hi!

vBeers Tweetup – VMworld San Francisco 2014 (Saturday, 23th August 2014)

USA vBeersVMworld San Francisco is almost here again folks and it’s time for another vBeers Tweetup!  The last vBeers Tweetup from VMworld SF 2013 was a great time with a great turnout so I couldn’t let this opportunity go by without arranging another one.  The official vBeers tweetup goes from strength to strength and increases in popularity every year that passes, though still has the same great earthy community feel that it did during it’s first one back in 2009.

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The VMworld San Francisco vBeers Tweetup will be held on Saturday 23rd August, kicking off from 6:00pm.

The vBeers Tweetup is intended as a way to relax, chill-out and catch up with friends, new and old.  If you don’t know anyone attending then that doesn’t matter as your fellow vGeeks are a friendly welcoming bunch who also like to network, talk tech and share vStories.

In true Tweetup tradition this vBeers Tweetup is not sponsored, it is a case of turning up, enjoying yourself and covering the cost of your own drinks and any food.  Vendor sponsored parties start the following day (Sunday).

Where is this VMworld San Francisco 2014 vBeers Tweetup going to be held?

vBeers VMworld 2013The venue for this VMworld vBeers Tweetup is back for a third time at “The Chieftain” Irish pub and restaurant, which has a great relaxed informal atmosphere with good food and drink.  Good news as they have free Wi-Fi, which will save all of you from overseas from clocking-up massive data bills on your Smart Phones.

RSVP

As for registering, no need – all you need to do is turn up, though if you’d like to RSVP to give me an idea of numbers and to let others know you are attending then please click here.  First come, first served with seating

Hope to see you there!

The Details

Venue: The Chieftain

Address: 198 5th Street @ Howard, San Francisco, CA 94103

Date: Saturday 23rd August 2014

Time: 6:00PM

Twitter Hashtag:  #vBeers

Map:  Click the map below for more map details

vBeers VMworld 2013 Map

VMworld US: vBeers – Saturday 25th

VMworld San Francisco 2012 is almost here and it’s time for another vBeers Tweetup!  The last vBeers Tweetup from VMworld SF 2009 was a great time  so I couldn’t let this opportunity go by without arranging one. The VMworld San Francisco vBeers Tweetup will be held on Saturday 25th August, the day before the show doors open.

The vBeers Tweetup is intended as a way to relax, chill-out and catch up with friends, new and old.  If you don’t know anyone attending then that doesn’t matter as your fellow vGeeks are a friendly welcoming bunch who also like to network, talk tech and share vStories.

In true vBeers tradition this vBeers is not sponsored, it is a case of turning up, enjoying yourselfand covering the cost of your own drinks and any food.  Vendor sponsored parties start the following day.

For the full details, please visit the vBeers website and checkout the VMworld San Francisco 2012 vBeers post.

Amsterdam vBeers: 3rd Feb 2011

vBeers-smallThe next Amsterdam vBeers will be held on Thursday 3rd of Feb starting at 6:30pm in ‘Herengracht Cafe’ which is placed close to Leidseplein and Dam Square. This venue serves a fine of selection of beers along with soft drinks and bar food.

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Drinks will not be paid for, there will not be a tab. When you buy a drink please pay for it as no one else will be paying for your drinks.

  • Location: The 'Herengracht Cafe' Amsterdam
  • Address:  Herengracht 435, Herengracht/Leidsestraat
  • Nearest Tram Station:  Koningsplein – Lijn 1,2,5
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Map

More Info

Amsterdam vBeers: 16th Dec 2010

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The first Amsterdam vBeers will be held on Thursday 16th of December starting at 6:30pm in ‘Herengracht Cafe’ which is placed close to Leidseplein and Dam Square. This venue serves a fine of selection of beers along with soft drinks and bar food.

What are vBeers? Read More

Drinks will not be paid for, there will not be a tab. When you buy a drink please pay for it as no one else will be paying for your drinks.

  • Location: The 'Herengracht Cafe' Amsterdam
  • Address:  Herengracht 435, Herengracht/Leidsestraat
  • Nearest Tram Station:  Koningsplein – Lijn 1,2,5
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Map

London vBeers: Dec 2nd 2010

Christmas-vBeersHi guys, just a quick post to remind you that the next vBeers will be help this Thursday, December 2nd. This month it's a bit of a joint vBeers/StorageBeers so there should be another great turnout. And as it's the festive season feel free to wear your favorite Christmas hat. 🙂

When & Where

The London vBeers is held on the first Thursday of every month starting at 6pm in ‘The Cittie of Yorke’ pub which is placed centrally to both London’s West End and The City. This venue serves a fine of selection of English beers along with soft drinks and bar snacks.

  • Location: The ‘Cittie of Yorke’, London
  • Address:  22 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6BS
  • Nearest Tube:  Chancery Lane
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Ye Olde Map: MAP

What are vBeers? Read More

vBeers: Oct 7th 2010

vBeersHi guys, just a quick post to remind you that the next vBeers will be help this Thursday, October 7th.

When & Where

The London vBeers is held on the first Thursday of every month starting at 6pm in ‘The Cittie of Yorke’ pub which is placed centrally to both London’s West End and The City. This venue serves a fine of selection of English beers along with soft drinks and bar snacks.

  • Location: The ‘Cittie of Yorke’, London
  • Address:  22 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6BS
  • Nearest Tube:  Chancery Lane
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Ye Olde Map: MAP

What are vBeers? Read More

 
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