February 27, 2011 Leave a comment
So tonight I held the 4th edition of #MSMVP, a chance for Microsoft MVPs to come from behind blogs, websites and forums to meet the community face-to-face, shake hands and network. In the four events that I’ve put together for this event, this is the second time that a rush of emotion has overwhelmed me now that I’ve had time to sit in a room and soak in everything that has happened.
I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that the level of support that I saw from MVPs, the product teams and MS employees had put me on the verge of tears a few times during the evening. Of course, more social events prevent such things from fully taking place but now that I’m sitting in this room with “I, Robot” playing through my Zune HD onto the TV screen, I can finally let it go.
I enter each of these events hoping that everyone has a good time. I probably over think it and I’m sure I don’t allow myself to be given any credit for how these events go, but to see everyone network, have fun, enjoy the giveaway prizes and come away feeling better about themselves and the people that they meet is a testament to why I think #MSMVP should be happening in every store, every year.
This really only began my first night of MVP Summit, and this really begins the road towards NDA-infused events for the next few days, but seeing #MSMVP as the kickoff has been a wonderful experience that I’m glad it’s able to be shared and enjoyed by others.
I could go on and on thanking people (and they know who they are) but I’ll suffice it to say that everyone that I’ve been in contact with regarding this event has been wonderful in their own right and I’m indebted to them for believing in this and the possibilities/potential that it offers to MVPs and the program as a whole.
Here’s to having many more of these events in the future. Thank you all, again, for the support. You’ve made a guy feel proud and honored.