WOW...Florida is putting on a speaking contest like no other. If you think you are a good speaker and you have a passionate topic, we need you. To be more specific, JaxDUG needs you to represent because we anticipate winning this event. UserGroups within different regions all over Florida will be competing in this event. Our goal is to win regionals, however whomever wins regionals gets to compete in the finals.
The first phase is where User Groups and other recognized organizations focusing on the Microsoft platform hold events and nominate a speaker to participate in the Regional competition. We are hopeful that each User Group will nominate a speaker to send to the Regional competition.
The Regional competition is the second phase in the competition and will be held at a location convenient to the User Groups assigned to this region. Each region will select, in a regional competition, a regional Speaker Idol and a runner up. During this phase we will need volunteers to serve as regional coordinators and help drive participation. Microsoft is offering a $200 pre-paid credit card to be given to (confirmed) regional winners so that they might travel to the finals. If the winner is unable to attend the finals, this credit card is to be given to the runner up.
The final phase of the competition is to be held in Lakeland Florida in March of 2010. Each finalist is allotted approximately 10 minutes (depending on individual event rules) to deliver their message and compete against others in their competition.
All Regional finalists will be recorded on digital video and published on the Channel 9 Tool Shed Shows website (http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/toolshed). The top contestant will be honored and given the distinction of being the winner of Florida’s Microsoft Community Speaker Idol Competition. Speaker Waivers will need to be signed before the event begins. Those in attendance at the finals will also need to sign a waiver as the will be in crowd reaction shots.
If you are interested or have more questions please contact me