57 thoughts on “Microsoft evangelist says “call anytime”

  1. @17/Yes,

    I somehow missed your comment all together…

    > If not, you’re holding the line short term, we
    > appreciate that, keep up the good work, but admit
    > that longer term, the ineffectiveness will set in.

    I can’t admit that… Because, I don’t know. Maybe it will, maybe it wont. I have colleagues (including my director) who’ve been in the field, in evangelist-like roles for over 13 years. The fire is still burning. And I’m not saying that I’m like them, or that people haven’t gotten disgruntled in the past. But I have to live in the now and believe. thanks,

    ai

  2. @17/Yes,

    I somehow missed your comment all together…

    > If not, you’re holding the line short term, we
    > appreciate that, keep up the good work, but admit
    > that longer term, the ineffectiveness will set in.

    I can’t admit that… Because, I don’t know. Maybe it will, maybe it wont. I have colleagues (including my director) who’ve been in the field, in evangelist-like roles for over 13 years. The fire is still burning. And I’m not saying that I’m like them, or that people haven’t gotten disgruntled in the past. But I have to live in the now and believe. thanks,

    ai

  3. I am another one of those “obscure evangelists” who has no impact on what the company does (I also have my phone number posted to my blog). If that is what people wish to believe, so be it. Maybe I do and maybe I don’t. It isn’t YOUR performance review that gets impacted by what I do. :) I believe that I (and AI) play a part in opening doors into Microsoft and positively impacting customer perception. If we accomplish that, I am happy.

    @Get Real – “You think that a field sales evangelist isn’t going to try to sell you? You don’t (sic) MSFT all that well.” – Neither AI or myself are “field sales evangelists”. Sales isn’t in our titles or job descriptions. *I* am an ITPro Evangelist. While I am a shareholder and like the idea of people buying as much MS product as posisble, it isn’t in my job description to get people to buy. My goal is to get people to implement what they already have, resolve issues that may arise in day-to-day run time scenarios, and be a conduit into the company.

    Call me if you have any technical issues…. :)

    chris

  4. I am another one of those “obscure evangelists” who has no impact on what the company does (I also have my phone number posted to my blog). If that is what people wish to believe, so be it. Maybe I do and maybe I don’t. It isn’t YOUR performance review that gets impacted by what I do. :) I believe that I (and AI) play a part in opening doors into Microsoft and positively impacting customer perception. If we accomplish that, I am happy.

    @Get Real – “You think that a field sales evangelist isn’t going to try to sell you? You don’t (sic) MSFT all that well.” – Neither AI or myself are “field sales evangelists”. Sales isn’t in our titles or job descriptions. *I* am an ITPro Evangelist. While I am a shareholder and like the idea of people buying as much MS product as posisble, it isn’t in my job description to get people to buy. My goal is to get people to implement what they already have, resolve issues that may arise in day-to-day run time scenarios, and be a conduit into the company.

    Call me if you have any technical issues…. :)

    chris

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