DFWVMUG User Conference: Community Matters

The Community Matters To Your Career, Damian Karlson (@sixfootdad)

VMware Community:

  • VMTN forums
  • Twitter
  • Podcasts
  • Blogs
  • VMUGs
  • #vBeers
  • Conferences

Why should you care?

  • Helps you do your job better
  • Helps you find a better job
  • Helps you grow personally & professionally
  • Twitter, in particular, breaks down barriers

Community Benefits:

  • Wrote a book
  • Promotion
  • Spoke at a vendor conference
  • Career shift
  • Changed jobs
  • etc…


  • Get involved!
  • Twitter, blogs, podcasts
  • VMUGs, vBeers
  • Relationships: help solve problems, find new roles
  • Ask for help and give help–pay it forward
  • Have fun, be respectful, be professional
  • Get insight into new products, people, topics
  • Do your certs
  • Share your viewpoint

Twitter Tips:

  • Egg, bad. Bio, good.
  • Disclaim all the things (working for a vendor, etc)
  • Leverage lists
  • Turn off automated tweets
  • Mute those that don’t ^
  • Tweet unto others as you would have them tweet unto you
  • Be real
  • Have integrity

Why Blogging?

  • Set yourself apart
  • Explore something you’re passionate about
  • Learn from others
  • Document your successes
  • Give back to the community
  • Laugh when you google a problem and the top hit is your blog


  • Hundreds of hours of deep technical content presented by the community
  • VMworld Tech Talks
  • OpenStack Summits
  • Nearly zero marketing
  • No BS

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