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Stand up and be counted.

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Last Year I joined a number of the Canadian MVPs for a day of NDA, skill improvement and general interactions.

For most of the sessions, the key word was caNaDA, so the only thing I can say about those sessions is the Microsoft has some interesting announcements coming up in the near future. Of course, some of the skill building sessions were not and I can talk about them.

There were several sessions on how to make presentations, from preparing to presenting. Unfortunately, there were a number of death by PowerPoint comments. PowerPoint is a tool and as such, the power of that tool is in the hands of the presenter. Only a poor workman blames their tools. PowerPoint has a lot of power and can greatly enhance a presentation, but you need to learn it properly and practice with it. It is not a crutch, so do not overload it with information. Keep it simple. The slides have a notes feature for highlighting points about the slide, possibly question that the slide may invoke.  Audience tend to ask if the slides will be published. So a little extra in the slides would be appreciated.


John Marshall… Visio MVP


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March 27, 2017 at 6:36 pm

User Groups and the PH factor

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The local Microsoft office, Microsoft Evangelists and the local MVPs do an excellent job supporting the local user groups and encouraging members to step up and present. They also encourage locals to attend the user groups and support these novice speakers. Of course, in some cases, it is hard to tell a difference between the novices and the pros.  Probably because the Microsoft crowd help out with speaker preparation.

Having someone at the front doing the presentation and warm bodies to fill the seats and encourage the speakers are good, but there is the PH factor. PH testing is used to determine if something is too acidic or too alkaline. It is an indicator of the middle ground. For user groups, you do not want one extreme or the other.  You want a balance.

In user groups, the balance is obtained by the individuals who go beyond just attending. They help out with the organization and setup for the events. People who act as cheerleaders for the group. These individuals inspire others to attend, help out or present. They are the core of the user groups. Their presense will determine the viability of the user group.

John Marshall… Visio MVP

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November 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Ottawa IT Camp

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This Saturday is the fourth annual Ottaws Code Camp. Since we now embrace the other IT groups in Ottawa, we now refer to the event as an IT camp. In the first year, we expected sixty odd attendees, but were overwhelmed with 178. Over the interim years, the turn out has been in the 160 range. So with 141 signed up, I am not sure what to expect. Usually, a number of registrants do not show up and we have a walk in crowd. The policy of the IT Camp is that it is a free event and do not want to turn anyone away. If there is room, we will accomodate.

I am looking forward to the track on WP7.

John Marshall… Visio MVP

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April 15, 2011 at 3:19 am