Randall Ross: Tip #9 for Ubuntu Evangelists (and Advocates)

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Evangelo-advocates! It’s time for Tip #9. Before that though, here’s a short recap of what I’ve shared so far.

Enjoy Ubuntu every day, skip the technical minutia that causes 90% of people to tune you out, pronounce Ubuntu the same way Nelson Mandela does (oo-boon-too), be selective when choosing an advocat-ee, direct people towards their local community instead of trying to be an Ubuntu soloist, never compare Ubuntu to “competitors”, know Ubuntu well , and tell interesting stories. Onward to…

Tip #9:
Give great demos.

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Always be prepared to give a brief but interesting demo.

Have a good, clean, working system running the latest released version of Ubuntu. Ideally, you’ll want a separate user on your system called “demo” or something similar set up (with no admin privileges) so you’re not exposing personal files or strange configurations and settings that will confuse your target audience.

Encourage them to play with the system themselves. Tell them they can’t break it. Let them explore.

If you do this, people will see the magic themselves.

Please check back for Tip #10 tomorrow. It will be something I’ve learned the hard way by trying, failing, re-thinking, and then trying again.

The Ubuntu Advocacy Kit makes for great holiday reading:

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Source: Planet Ubuntu

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