MVP Summit Travelogue Day 2: Touch-Feely Day

  1.    04 Mar 2018 #1

    MVP Summit Travelogue Day 2: Touch-Feely Day

    As far as the MVP Summit goes, today is kind of a gentle kick-off. The official technical sessions don't start until tomorrow, but we were offered a pretty full slate of sessions on a variety of softer topics today. This included sessions from LinkedIn on how to get more from your profile, and some terrific consciousness-raising presentations on improving the odds and prospects for women in the IT profession, and for making presentations accessible to disadvantaged attendees who might not be able to see your slide deck, or hear your presentation, or mobility challenged enough to be unable to raise their hands to respond to presenter requests to do that very thing.

    As somebody who's been a "talking head" since the late 1980s I frankly didn't expect to get much from today's topics and coverage. Boy, was I wrong, wrong, wrong -- and delighted to be entertained, informed, and even beguiled by the knowledge and skills of the presenters. I was forcibly reminded in the best and most useful of ways that one always has more to learn, and that learning can be a real source of joy and delight. Without a doubt, my favorite presentation came from South African presenter Tracy van der Schyff, whose adventures in blogging 365 days straight on Office 365 not only brought her plenty of insight and wisdom, but also produced a fabulous and interesting body of work.

    Her blog post #Microsoft365 Day 124: Capture and Share Contacts with Office 365 Tracy van der Schyff already made my trip to Seattle worthwhile, all by itself. I happened to stand next to her in the registration line this morning, and tried to give her a business card. She replied to my offer "I don't do that any more," and then proceeded to blow my mind by flashing a QR code for me to photograph with my iPhone. It opened automatically in Safari, and called up a web form wherein I gave her my contact info, to which her Office app responded by sending me her vCard. She even explains how to auto-generate a Calendar entry to issue a reminder in 2 days to contact new additions to the address book to keep the relationship going, AND sends a Teams message to her colleagues introducing her new contacts. Absolutely fabulous, is all I can say.

    I heard lots of great and useful information today. Stuff, in fact, that I'll be chewing over and digesting for some time to come. But here are my three favorite messages from today's sessions, mostly from fellow MVPs:
    1. Follow your interests and your passions, and see where they lead you. If you keep on that track, and put in the time and effort to follow it for some distance, that investment will invariably pay off. I couldn't agree more.
    2. International traveler, bon vivant, and jetski commuter Troy Hunter said "Build stuff and put it out there!" This underscores the point I heard many presenters make today, that by giving to the community you also end up helping yourself, especially because of the learning and the human interactions that come from such efforts.
    3. Microsoft development maven Scott Hanselman said: "Your social media profile is your opportunity to demonstrate your character." He earned a hearty round of applause when he advocated that one's social media persona should always be kind and positive, irrespective of the tendency for world leaders to act like jerks on Twitter. Amen!

    As I chew over and digest more of what I learned today, I'll be blogging on my personal website Home - Ed Tittel. Drop by any time after next weekend, and you'll probably see some fruits from that effort starting to ripen.

    Last edited by EdTittel; 04 Mar 2018 at 23:02. Reason: Fix format error
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