- Make a name for yourself in a given area of expertise. Give lectures, join panel discussions, speak at industry conferences.
- Offer your user expertise to a vendor.
- Consider a seat on a nonprofit -- even if it's not related to IT.
- Let people know you're in the market for a seat.
- Be willing to make a time commitment.
- Solicit advice from your own board of directors.
This was first published in September 2006