Today I took a trip down to Microsoft’s European Headquarters in Ireland to meet with Julie Ray who looks after the European MVP’s. I was expecting a cup of coffee and a meeting with two or three people, what I got was a whole lot more…..
I arrived an hour late due to a couple of new SBS site install issues, and was met at reception with the smiling face of Julie. A nice welcome. Then, after a brief introduction I was led down a hallway to an auditorium to which I was informed that 40 – 50 people will be coming down to the session. I then realised that I was not here to meet a couple of people, but to help Julie with her presentation of the MVP program. Oh dear 🙂 I should have prepared or something 🙂
Anyway, the session went extremely well, lots of positive questions and answers from the MS staff and I feel that I got our message across along with Julie. (Not like me to hold back!)
I was one of those to complain a lot about the lack of MVP promotion outside of America. Therefore I hope that Sean O’Driscoll reads this at some stage. I am sure he already knows, but he (and the rest of his team) are doing a great job beginning to promote the MVP program outside of America. Credit where credit is due. Let it continue!
This evening, I got the following SMS message from Julie (For you Americans that don’t know what SMS is well don’t worry – you are not missing much). It read as follows:
Hi Nick, thanks for making the trip to MS Ireland! The rest of the folks I saw today had really positive things to say & appreciated your viewpoints. You were a hit!
The presentation / Q&A resonated with people & impressed upon them the goodness & amazing potential of working with you & the other MVP’s. We can expect increased interactions starting in late Jan / early Feb. Let’s be sure to touch base after the holidays.
Now… that gave me that “warm and fuzzy” feeling that Susan Bradley often tells me about.
To Julie / Lorna and the people at MS Ireland. Thanks! And have a great Christmas!