Louisville VMUG – Introducing Lightning Rounds
As a newly minted VMUG leader, I’ve been spending countless hours on figuring out how to improve meetings, increase attendance, and bring in top-notch presentations and vendors that our members want to hear. An idea I’ve always wanted to pursue, even before becoming a Leader, is to make information gathered at the meetings tangible for attendees. Whether it’s something physical, like a handout directly related to the presentation or something as simple as a quick 15 minute presentation on the top 10 free tools to increase productivity. I truly wanted to give them something they could take back to the office and apply directly to their environments. An idea was sparked….
Switching back to mid-late 2014, I had volunteered to assist in organizing the next few meetings to help turn Louisville VMUG around. Upon my first few inquiries, I had quickly learned that many folks aren’t comfortable presenting in front of an audience, myself included. With an ultimate goal of bringing in locals to speak, I reached out to some of our local ‘rockstars’ to get the ball rolling. But I still needed more…I wanted more. How can I get local presentations for meetings when I was getting denied on requests? That’s when I decided to expand on my original idea…try to get locals to do the smaller, tangible presentations. It’s a win/win for everybody. The VMUG meeting increases our ability to provide awesome information to the group while the presenters, generally not comfortable jumping into an hour long presentation, get their feet wet with a quick 15 minute slow.
Lightning Round is the name I decided upon for these presentations (turns out others were already doing Lightning Rounds – oh well) and I’m happy to say that we’re going to have two Lightning Rounds at the upcoming meeting. John A. Davis will be doing our very first Lightning Round on Disaster Recovery and I’ll be presenting the second one on Securing Your Virtual Infrastructure. Both of the Lightning Rounds will have a nicely designed, printed document for folks to take with them and I’ll post them on the blog after the meeting is over.