3 days to VMworld 2010, and lot’s to be excited about. Today’s “VMworld, I’m most excited about..” deals specifically with networking. I’m most excited about the networking opportunities that are available to you if you attend VMworld 2010. No, I don’t mean you can plug in some cat5e, or configure spanning-tree portfast on a Cisco 2960… the networking I’m talking about is face to face interaction and making connections in the real world (not twitter/facebook, etc.). Connections outside the cloud. In a previous post I talked about the Solutions Exchange and the fact that over 200 exhibitors/sponsors will be there to meet with, demo their latest and greatest products, and of course converse with you face to face. Whoah, for some of you I’m sure it will be difficult to actually do that, especially for those that were excited about the prospect of networking when you thought it meant creating a portchannel and configuring switchports with a vlan tag, it’s not that. It’s ok to be nervous or slightly shy, heck, I’m a shy person myself, but have learned that you just have to put yourself out there and not worry about what others think about you, just be yourself.
VMworld 2010 promises to offer you a venue for networking and really making some good face to face, in person connections that you just can’t get in the social networking cloud. Yes, I’ve definitely made some good connections and picked up a couple hundred followers on twitter, and made some good connections throughout the blogosphere, but not until I actually come in personal contact with David Davis, Jason Boche or Eric Siebert will I have made a solid connection. Create some business cards (I did), brush your teeth, wear deodorant, smile and practice walking up to someone introducing yourself, shaking hands, and making eye contact, and smile a little. You can do it, it can be done. If you are an up-and-comming blogger, or a systems administrator sent by your company to VMworld, there will be ample opportunities to converse with the best of the best in the virtualization business. Visit vendor booths whose products you use, get their business card, make contacts and in the future when you need something you can call on that individual and they will remember who you are (hopefully, just remember to brush your teeth).
Whatever your reason for going to VMworld 2010 is, make sure to network, make friends, business contacts. The atmosphere that VMworld 2010 will create is something you won’t experience at any other time during the year (unless of course you attend VMworld Europe), don’t miss your opportunity to stand out in the crowd, don’t be a just another badge to scan, be a name and face that will be remembered.