Anand Iyer, an Evangelist in our ever swelling ranks of evangelism army, asked a basic question.

"Q.What would you do if you were a Microsoft Evangelist".

I myself have wondered as to what folks perception of Evangelism really is all about and often wonder how we / they are perceived on the street.

Example: One comment caught my eye that I initially got annoyed with and rolled my eyes, but after thinking on it some more, does he have a point?

Anand,

I think you do a good job of dealing with the non-Microsoft crowd, which is a crowd I consider myself to be a part of. I like you, as a human. I think you get it. However, I dont think you as an evangelist are empowered to change the way the entire organization thinks. Your job as an evangelist is to try and convert me, sell me on Microsoft. I don't want to be sold to. I don't need to convert. I'm happy where I am, with the tools I have, and the work I do.

I understand that there is a whole world out there that needs to be preached to, but I, personally am not one of them.

To answer your question, if I had your job, I would quit. In fact if I was wishing for things (or not), I would never wish for your job.

Good luck.

Evangelist do have the power to change what happens in Microsoft, i see that daily - but that's a separate discussion.

As for selling...Do you feel the same way? Leave your feedback at Anands blog, as I'll be disabling comments on this blog to keep the conversation flowing at his place of blog-residence.

http://blogs.msdn.com/aniyer/archive/2008/04/09/what-would-you-do-if-you-were-a-microsoft-evangelist.aspx