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Microsoft MVP: How to become?

27. May 2008 22:13 by scott in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

During work the other day, I was talking to my boss about the MSDN license in our little corner of the building and we discussed the prices, rankings and costs. I then remembered that all MVP's get a free full license of MSDN.  Its not that bad, actually its kind of nice.  For helping the community, you get helped out with important software that you can test and play on which hopefully allows you to become MVP again by staying up on the technology. I though am not an MVP and I would like to know how to achieve one.  I imagine if I do a great job at my ASP.NET experience, the MVP will just come to me one day, but it still doesn't hurt to know how to achieve one.

What is an MVP - "Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community's best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others."

How to Become an MVP - There are plenty of posts out there that discuss the ways of becoming an MVP. I though know the secret formula. Just kidding. I will try to compile all the thoughts of MVP's out there on how to become one.

  1. You must be nominated by your peer or by Microsoft. This is the foot in the door approach and it can only start here.
  2. Become an active member in user groups. You can't just contribute here, you actually have to become an active leader in the group it self.
  3. Blogging is close enough to a requirement as ever. It shows that you are interested in Microsoft and want to help others with problems they have.
  4. Writing and publishing books. Its a bit harder than it sounds, because where are you going to get a publishing company to sign you up when you not very well known?
  5. Speaking Events - Code camps and conferences.  I can imagine you can sign up to your local .NET User group and start making events for them.
  6. Recognition as a known expert in your field of study.  This is a must because MVP classifications are split up by field of study.
  7. Have a great attitude in general. Don't be rude, vulgar or disrespectful.
  8. Have Genuine desire for the betterment of society.  I know plenty of programmers that actually complain too much and don't decide to fix something they keep complaining about it. If you find your self complaining, go ahead and try to fix it instead of complaining about it.
  9. In the end, it was said best here or below.

"It stated clearly that I'd been nominated for a Microsoft MVP position - and that I should submit examples of my work, communities I frequent, speaking engagements I would be involved in, and any publications I'd contributed to and I could possibly be a Microsoft MVP for the asp.net / visual discipline."

In the end, I suggest you just help others and if you keep helping and make a difference in the communities you frequent, you will be nominated and then become an MVP.

I wish everyone good luck on this endeavor, for I wish to become an MVP someday, but can wait to be nominated for this prestigious award.

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