I was speaking at TechMentor last week - a great and well-run conference - and it seemed I was overly using the phrase "You should speak at the PowerShell Summit". I enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones at conferences, it's one of the pleasures of working with people I enjoy the most. I not only learn about the latest challenges that the attendees face, but I learn very product specific knowledge from them. It feels like they should be the ones on stage talking about their latest foray into some deep dark corner of IT.
That's when I started asking myself - "Why aren’t they speaking too?" So, I started asking that question, followed by a suggestion that they send in an abstract to speak at the PowerShell Summit. I was a little surprised by the look on their faces - as if I had suggested something that never crossed their minds. Well, it's time that it crosses your mind.
I'm not here to convince you to speak, or encourage you in opening up additional career options; I'm suggesting that you have skills and experience that can help others. Why not share that?
Afraid to speak? There are a lot of things that scare me; writing books, speaking at conferences, teaching, fixing Exchange, etc. I'm afraid of many things that might result in failure, but I'm not willing to let that fear prevent me from trying new things - especially if I might be able to help someone else. In the words of my best mentor and friend: "Stretch yourself".
This is my callout to you. This is me asking you to share your knowledge and help the community grow. This is me saying: "Stretch yourself".
So, send in an abstract - it doesn't mean you will get chosen (that's not a failure BTW) but it does mean you're trying to help. Good for you!