“Be an expert, do lots of what you love, and let us know!” – Microsoft MVP site “What is takes to be an MVP”
A decade ago becoming a Microsoft MVP could be confusing. While there were activities you could do there wasn’t a prescriptive way to become an MVP. It actually seemed like wanting to be one would automatically disqualify you. That is definitely not the case and it’s never been more accessible as the Microsoft MVP program has grown to over 2000 MVPs globally across dozens of technologies.
MVP award is something to aspire to. It’s ok to ask other MVPs what activities they are involved in and how to be one. In fact the Microsoft site http://mvp.microsoft.com has an entire section on how to become an MVP. What it takes to be an MVP…
A very important part of the nomination is making sure to keep your data up to date. You should put in the whole entire year of activities, and then keep it up to date. That’s key. The nomination is an active process that is ongoing after you click submit, it is not the end. It may be months before someone looks at the nomination and keeping the data accurate and up to date is very valuable.
Bonus TIP get to know your MVP Lead and the MVPs in your region and don’t stop there: There are different MVP leads in different parts of the world. Asking an MVP in your region will help you get to know who the person is. They play an important part of verifying your efforts in approving and submitting the nomination to Microsoft. It’s not unusual to get a request from the MVP lead to send a list of MVPs or MS employees who could vouch for you. Who are these people and how is your relationship with them? Continue to work on your relationship
Don’t Give Up We Believe in You, I Believe in You!
If you ever feel like you’re not getting anywhere and just want to talk. Please reach out on social media. I understand that feeling and am happy to coach anyone who sincerely wants to help the community and get more involved. I’m happy to help you get more connected with the other MVPs and RDs in your area. You may think you’re off the radar or off the map, but really there is no place on the planet that is off the radar. Let’s connect.
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Nice post Joel
The eye opener for me was that the hashtag #MVPBUZZ wasn’t just for MVPs. It’s to rally the MVP community around events, posts and discussions. It’s probably the best known, supportive community but still tricky on how to get noticed but still be humble. I am glad to hear some things have changed (with declaring MVP as an interest).