CollabTalk Podcast at #MSIgnite: How to become an MVP or RD

CollabTalk Podcast at #MSIgnite on How to become a Microsoft MVP or RDLeading up to the Microsoft Ignite conference, I had two topics selected for recording at the Podcast Center in the Hub (expo hall), but was able to fill two additional openings during the week — and was invited to participate in a 5th podcast, as well. In this first recording, I was joined by some of my fellow MVPs and RDs to discuss “How to become a Microsoft MVP or RD” and share some of our personal stories on how we earned these awards. Additionally, we spent a good portion of the discussion talking about the feedback/mentoring we provide to others who are working hard, giving back to the community, and who are (in our opinions) on the path to becoming an MVP or RD.

One of the goals of this discussion was to dispel some of the misinformation about what it takes to become an MVP or RD. For example, we talk about how there is no set path or “checklist” to earning the status. While the process is a bit of a black box, the reasoning is that there are a variety of community activities that can earn the awards, from blogging and videos, to writing books and speaking at conferences, or even through heavy participation in community message boards. The consensus from the panel is that regardless of your MVP or RD status, giving your time and energy to the community will benefit you both personally and professionally.

Joining me on this podcast recording are:

You can listen to the entire discussion here:

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Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.