Adobe Community Programs

Last year (2010) I was part of the Adobe Community Professionals program (ACP). As defined by Adobe:

The Adobe Community Professionals Program is a community based program made up of Adobe customers who share their product expertise with the world-wide Adobe community. The Adobe Community Professionals’ mission is to provide high caliber peer-to-peer communication educating and improving the product skills of Adobe customers worldwide.

This year Adobe have introduced a new program – Adobe Community Champions (ACC) As defined by Adobe:

Adobe Community Champions are the “megaphone” of the Adobe community, whose objective is to evangelize Adobe products beyond the existing circle of our Adobe ecosystem and helping connect people to the Adobe community.

This year I am an Adobe Community Champion, and Im glad to be a part of the new group because the chief difference between the two groups is:

ACPs are content creators. You will see them writing books, blogs, demos, and contributing to the Adobe Developer Center. ACCs generally use their voice to reach out to community on a more personal level. Both groups overlap a lot but we did not want to turn away leaders in our community who enjoy evangelizing but don’t necessarily have the time to write.

While I will continue to write blog posts, organize meetings and develop tutorials and continue to dream of writing a useful book some day they are really only an addition to what I really like to do. Present.

Presenting any kind of material is a challenge for me as I quickly forget what I didn’t know after I become comfortable with a program or technique. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the target of pleasing everyone in the audience all while really knowing that is impossible. In any given audience of amateurs and professionals alike there will be a range of education levels and skill sets. Showing them all something that is both useful and interesting means trying to put myself back in a position of that moment when I said – aha! thats what that does.

Another aspect of organizing materials for presenting is broadening my scope of how certain things are, or can be, accomplished. We all know that there are a dozen ways to make a selection but only a few of them will be the most efficient or “better” way. Communicating why is my objective. This forces me to try and use the programs in ways that don’t necessarily work with my personal workflow but may well be important to someone else. An example would be 3D. It confuses me but I can understand the potential and power of it and I don’t see it going away.

This year I have determined to do more live presentations than last year on a wider variety of topics, so if you have any suggestions I am open to ideas. In the immediate future I will be presenting to the Graphic Design Tampa Meetup group. My first as an Adobe Community Champion. (smiley face)