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I’m back home from spending the week at Hannover, at the PowerShell Conference Europe. This conference is all about PowerShell. It’s organized by Tobias Weltner, a true pioneer in the world of PowerShell. This conference took in initially 160 participants, and it was fully booked. Actually Tobias expanded to 200 delegates, and in the end there were around 250 people present! What a blast! With around 75 sessions, there was a lot of content to cover.

With speakers/IT rockstars like Bruce Payette, Jeffrey Snover, David Wilson, Hemant Mahawar, Jared Atkinson, Will Schroeder, Aleksandar Nikolić, Richard Siddaway, June Blender, Ravikanth Chaganti, and many more, this conference had the cremé-de-la-cremé of what the PowerShell community has to offer. Besides of the speakers there were many high skilled delegates, of which I had the privileged to meet.

To me, this was the very first time of attending a pure PowerShell conference. I went a few times to congresses like TechED and Techdays, but PowerShell Conference EU is for me the best till now. The feeling of community was so strong here; and this is why I write this post. I want to point out that YOUR success in your career will be highly boosted when you start to participate in the community.

I was for long time a ‘lurker’, and I didn’t contribute anything. A few months ago I decided to change this, and started to participate in mainly the PowerShell.org forum, and answering questions and write some blog posts. Also I try to keep up a bit on the PowerShell section at Reddit and I’m sometimes active on the SLACK/IRC PowerShell channel.

My main reason for this is that I want to share what I know, and helping out people that are willing to take my help.

When you go to a conference like the PSCONFEU one, you really get the feeling that you’re doing something useful. With all the people that I talked with last week, it became clear to me that the people in the community really have PASSION for what they do. They don’t see IT as a job, it’s THE thing they really like, it’s their passion. Seeing people like Bruce Payette or June Blender talking about their work, and seeing the sparkles in their eyes when they do, is really inspiring. And because of that I thank the community.

The community makes it possible to get in contact with these highly skilled people, who love what they do. So my advice is, if you love what you do, if you want to share your passion, if you want to get in touch with passioned people, start to participate in the community. In the end it’s good for your career, but even better for your own happiness. I’m certainly happy that I started to be active!

Be active, don’t be a lurker!