Urgent – Why you should speak at the 2015 NA PowerShell Summit.

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!

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About Jason Helmick

Jason is a 30-year IT veteran and PM on the @PowerShell_Team @Microsoft. He’s an avid supporter of the PowerShell/DevOps community and former founder and CFO of PowerShell.Org. He is also a former MVP award recipient and focuses on automation and configuration management. He has authored and co-authored several books on PowerShell, MS Exchange and IIS and including related discussions on the Microsoft Virtual Academy, Lynda and Pluralsight.

3 thoughts on “Urgent – Why you should speak at the 2015 NA PowerShell Summit.

  1. Adam Bertram

    I’ve been considering speaking on Powershell stuff for a few months now. Not only am I afraid of public speaking I’m afraid I don’t know as much as I think I do and everyone in the audience is going to be rolling their eyes because they know everything I’m talking about already.

    1. Dave Wyatt

      I know how you feel, Adam. I’m in the same boat right now. I’ll be doing my very first live presentation this October, at a local IT Pro user group.

      As far as the Summit goes… we’ll see what happens. I submitted a couple of abstracts, and if they are approved, then I’m committed to it – no excuses! I’ll be nervous as hell, but I’ll be there.

  2. Stijn Callebaut

    I had the exact same feeling once, before I started presenting on some System Center and (basic) PowerShell topics. But another speaker once put it like this: ‘You know your stuff and most people come to those sessions to learn, if you don’t know, you don’t know and they will not blame you for that. And those who know more will respect you for presenting’. This has put everything into perspective for me at least. And yes, from time to time I now take up the challenge…

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