A month ago I got an invitation from the local chapter of Startup Grind to speak about 356labs, my story and the presentation world. It was a long, but incredibly interesting and more importantly honest conversation.
As some of you may have read already, I was accepted to speak at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta.
However, if I am going to be travelling to Atlanta, why not bring as much value to as many people as possible? That’s what obviously one more person thought – Damu Venkatesan – a friend from my previous, SQL Server, life.
Damu leads the Atlanta Modern Excel User Group and so I got an invitation to speak for the group on the evening of 28th of September.
My topic is Presentation Design For the Non-Designer and I am already looking forward to help the user group members elevate their presentation game!
Updates coming after I come back home from Ignite…
Update: Wow! Just wow! What a user group! What an audience! And what…an…event!
What actually happened a few weeks ago was a 3 hour event with 3 sessions and a lot of pizza.
The audience was so full of energy. They stayed up until the end + stayed for an additional discussion after the last presentation. I am just out of words and because of that, the only thing that I need to do is to share my slides + the resources I used, so here we go!
Microsoft Ignite 2016 is the biggest, most important yearly conference in the world! A conference that is attended by more than 20 000 people (yes, you read that right) and has the best (and in hundreds) speakers from the whole world.
This year, after not being accepted last year, I am happy and feel privileged to share that I(and respectively 356labs) were accepted to speak at Microsoft Ignite 2016.
My sessions are the following:
Wish me good luck and to all of my friends in Bulgaria – we will organize an event immediately after I come back from Ignite in order to share the overall experience and the leanings. I think it would be useful to everyone in the speaking / presenting community.
Update 1: Obviously, my first session got some serious attention because just a few days ago Microsoft asked me if it would be possible for me to deliver it twice in order for them to be able to handle all of the attendees that want to see it. Of course, I agreed without even thinking about it.
Update 2: At the end of the day, Microsoft were not able to organize the repeat of the session, but actually put my name on another one for Hybrid Cloud Storage. I am addressing this issues from the first time I noticed it (second day of the event) and up until now (October 5th) it’s still there.
Update 3: The main take away from the conference now. Here’s the thing. Microsoft Ignite is probably one of the biggest conferences in the world. With 25 000 attending it is seriously hard for you to imagine how much people this actually is, how many rooms there were and what’s more interesting – how you organize breakfast and lunch for so many people. The latter was done just incredibly well and to be honest, almost everything at the conference was on a very high level. The expo area had almost 2000 companies you can network with and the sessions were more than 1400.
As for my sessions:
The first one started a bit problematic as the display on which I was presenting died just when I connected to it. 5 people from MSFT were trying to fix it for almost 10 minutes with no success and I thought it’s Game Over and they will cancel the session. However, they made it work magically and I was able to start. The talk went perfectly well and there was some serious interest after it! Here are the resources I used together with the slides:
The second one that was on Sway went completely smooth! No issues what so ever and yeah, as it was 95% demo, there are not that many slides. However, the key takeaways are there, so sharing them here just for info:
What else can I say? I am already looking forward to Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando!
When I started the journey of creating the presentation design and training agency 356labs, I knew one thing clearly – 356labs would stand for premium quality in all presentation services it provides.
I cannot be more delighted to share that we came to an agreement with Innovation Starter – a company here in Bulgaria that helps other companies and organizations innovate – to hire and use their newly created room – d.house co-inventive incubator for all 356labs’s trainings and coaching services.
What this means is that all of our public seminars, one and two-day workshops, together with all company trainings and 1:1 mentoring sessions will be held there. This is exactly what I envisioned! I believe this room will help us achieve and bring a next level experience to everyone who is part of any of our events and I can assure you that this is indeed just the beginning…
So, do you like the new “training and mentoring home” of 356labs? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
P.S. If you are in Sofia on 26th of July, please join me for the first public seminar that we are going to hold in our new home – Mobile is here! Are you presentations ready for it?
It’s a podcast after podcast, after podcast! This time I was invited by a friend of mine from the SQL Server community – Chris Bell to talk about my shift from the world of databases to the world of presentations and presentation design. We chatted for an hour and discussed a ton of things around what it takes to become a successful speaker and how to create stunning slides that differentiate you as a presenter. I shared quite some really practical advises, so go ahead, click the link and enjoy listening!