SQL SERVER – Attending MVP Open Day – May 2011

The MVP Open Day is an exclusive event for Asia Pacific & Greater China MVPs. MVPs from the region gather and have great time together. It is mix of education, fun and networking. I have previously written my experience over here.

SQLAuthority News – MVP Open Day South Asia – Jan 20, 2010 – Jan 23, 2010 – Review Part Fun

SQLAuthority News – MVP Open Day South Asia – Jan 20, 2010 – Jan 23, 2010 – Review Part Business

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Group Photo

This year again, I am going to visit MVP Open Day which is scheduled from 19th May to 22nd May. Every time I attend this event I make a point to maximize my time spend there. I was recently asked by my friend what are my tips to get maximum out of the event.

There is no one size which fits all. From technology to technology and from person to person these tips can vary. However, here is I used to do to maximize my time. You can read the list and decide for yourself.

DO:

  • Do make a list of the people you MUST meet and send them email earlier requesting their time and attention.
  • Do create list of the topics you want to discuss with product team, fellow MVPs and community leaders attending the event.
  • Do express your feeling about product to product team without hesitation.
  • Do attend all the technical sessions related to your technology.
  • Do meet new people when there is no session related to your technology.
  • Do share your business card when introducing yourself. (Excusing for not have your business card handy is usually lame excuse)
  • Do understand that most of your sessions are usually NDA so no sharing of the information outside the group.
  • Do attend all the community and network building parties – they are fun way to know people.
  • Do take photos of emails, phone numbers, links shared by attendees, presenters as that is the most accurate way to capture data.
  • Do make others aware what your current profession is as well what you do. You never know when you need each other.
  • Do blog, tweet your experience it is fun way to document our learning.
  • Do NETWORK, NETWORK and NETWORK – this is your chance!

DO NOT:

  • Do not over solicit your business at this event. Usually people do not like it. They will reach out to you themselves in need. (Read Suprotim‘s comment below)
  • Do not verbally abuse compete technologies in public. Try to balance your views with reasons and data points.
  • Do not skip breakfast – it is not only most important meal of the day but there is great conversation at the breakfast table.
  • Do not drink too much – no one likes to drag you to your room :)

This guideline is to just give my perspective and no way to constraint the experience at the event for anyone. The goal is to have fun and build relationship with your fellow MVP.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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4 thoughts on “SQL SERVER – Attending MVP Open Day – May 2011

  1. Good point! “Do not verbally abuse compete technologies in public. Try to balance your views with reasons and data points”

    On a broader level, I however disagree with this point – “Do not solicit your business at this event. Usually people do not like it. They will reach out to you themselves in need.”

    Why not? Infact this is a good occasion to promote yourself or your business. Now I am not sure why have you used the word solicit here, since why would any MVP persuade a fellow MVP for business? MVP’s are a very very selective group of ppl awarded for there excellence in a particular technology/field. So it can be safely assumed that most of them are at a decision taking/influencing level in their company and come with a certain level of maturity. Talking about business/partnerships/promotions is acceptable since fellow MVPs become aware if you promote yourself or yur business. Having said that, this statement of yours holds for events where the audience is from a broader section, say TechEd.

    Did you mean to say something else?

  2. Hello Suprotim Sir,

    First of all – you have all the valid points. What I really mean is that – do not over do it.

    In past I felt sometime that few times, few people over did it on this subject. They did not balance it and at the end did not create the eco system and circumstances which you have described.

    It is good to introduce ourselves and express our needs, expertise etc but it is not good to try to over influence others. It sometimes back fires.

    Just balance everything. If someone is interested the conversation will automatically go in right direction but if other fellow is not interested, trying to work with them is not good idea.

    Well, more when we meet :) But again, I am with you on same page.

    Kind Regards,
    Pinal

  3. Hi Pinal,

    Good points not only for MVP opendays but for all future events you’re going to attend.

    Thanks for sharing… :)

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