I received the notification email this morning (as did many of my peers in the Lync community) that I had received the Microsoft MVP award for another year. This will be my 7th year as a MVP, and my 6th as an OCS/Lync MVP (Bonus points if you can guess what category I originally won my MVP award). I had some time to reflect during a flight today and realized how much has changed in my life and career since that first MVP award. I’ve also realized how becoming an MVP has boosted my career to beyond what I could have imagined. In fact, in a round about way, I owe my current (and past 2 jobs) to the MVP program and community. Though I currently don’t write near as much as I used to, I have to attribute that first MVP Award to this very blog. I started writing blog posts back in 2005 when blogs were the hottest social media platform out there (Yes before Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc became popular). The blog writing led to articles which led to book contributions which led to me being an author of the Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Book.  I have also been very involved in building, leading, and participating in User Groups which I believe have also contributed to me winning the MVP award for 7 years. I think most MVPs would agree with me that even though I owe a lot to the MVP program for the career boost and recognition in technical communities, I would continue to participate in those communities without an MVP award. I think most MVPs would agree with me, we participate in the technical communities because we love what we do and we love technology!

I realize some of you have glazed over eyes at this point and I don’t blame you. Sometimes my “reflections” have that impact on people.  I however felt compelled to describe what an amazing ride it’s been to be involved in some awesome technical communities over the past 7 years and as Microsoft, and the industry change over the next 7 years, I’m looking forward to remaining a part of those communities as well as learn new ways to participate in them.

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