Using Mentimeter to interact with your audience

At Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2018, I tried something new. Getting feedback from the audience before my session on their expectations for the session. I tried two different approaches using Mentimeter

  • Write down a question, comment or expectation for the session, open ended
  • What do you associate with OneNote, live word cloud

Both worked out great. I got some good questions that I answered beforehand because I was not going to cover it in my actual session. Other comments where about actual topics during the session that I made sure I covered thoroughly.

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I thought the live word cloud was a great icebreaker before the session where people got to see what other associated with OneNote and maybe amplify what they agreed on, and of course add to the word cloud with their own association. It gave me a chance to interact with the audience before the session and know the focus of the attendees

What is Mentimeter?

It is an interactive presentation software that lets you engage with an onsite or online audience live. The attendees participate via their mobile by navigating to a website and entering a code that is displayed onscreen. You have nine different types to choose from and you get five quiz as part of the free getting started package

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What I liked about Mentimeter

  • It was easy to get started with
  • You can add a timer to the activity, indicating to the audience when you start your session
  • It looked good
  • It’s anonymous
  • Helped me break the ice in the room.

I recommend you check out the free version and it may be a good tool to get some feedback from the room during a presentation as well. I will definitely try it out again

Slides and demo oneliners from NIC2018 now online

At Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2018 in Oslo, I had the honor of talking about Microsoft Teams and OneNote in two packed sessions. I got some awesome feedback after my sessions and heard that people learned something. That’s the reason I do these talks and want to continue to speak at conferences like this. You can download all slides from the conference via GitHub, which I realize is a super way to share content after a conference.

Download my slides and PowerShell oneliners from my Control Microsoft Teams like a Boss session

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Download my slides from my OneNote LifeHack session

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My company, CloudWay had a booth at NIC and we had a blast talking secure productivity and give away thousands of mobility swag :)

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Check out my speaker profile @SessionizeCom

Check out my speaker profile here:  https://sessionize.com/StaleHansen/

I love sharing my thoughts, ideas and findings from the field at conferences and in user groups. I have been an active public speaker since 2011, my first English session in 2012 was at Nordic Infrastructure Conference in Oslo. My first talk at a conference in the US was in 2014 at the Lync Conference in Las Vegas. From there I have been talking at conferences such as TechEd US and EU, TechDays Sweden, IT/Dev Connections, UCDay UK, Communication Day Belgium and Microsoft Ignite. It has been and is a blast.

I have created a profile at Sessionize.com with links to my speaker experience and current sessions I am focusing on, but not limited to :) If you find any of the topics interesting, do not hesitate to contact me for a talk internally at your company, at your user group (remote via Skype for Business works), or at a conference. Most of the talks are updated frequently with my current experience and features from Microsoft, so they never get old or repetitive :)

Check out my profile here:  https://sessionize.com/StaleHansen/

Speaking at Microsoft Ignite about OneNote and Skype for Business

I am stoked to return to Microsoft Ignite as a speaker for the third time. This year is going to be a blast and I have several sessions and activities lined up

I will also be active in the community and expo area around the OneNote and Skype for Business booth during the week. Do not hesitate to search me out and talk about productivity :D

Launching OneNote LifeHacks YouTube series

I am starting a YouTube series called OneNote LifeHacks. I will share detailed tips on how to set up OneNote to work for you. My system has 5 steps

  1. You wanting to change your habits
  2. Capture to OneNote collection section from all platform
  3. Processing and organizing information
  4. Prioritize using custom tags and find tags to create todo lists
  5. Executing on the lists and induce flow using the Pomodoro Technique

The system is heavily inspired of Getting Things Done, Inbox Zero and the Pomodoro Technique, and you can incorporate good habits that resonates with well with you. It is a robust system and all you have to do is to get started with the capture process and the rest you can do as a bonus

Check out my OneNote LifeHacks explained video

The YouTube series is based on my popular OneNote talk from MVP Community Connect in Madrid 2017 and my article on getting started with OneNote in structured way that I wrote in august 2016. The article has more than 6000 views and are still very popular. The video has over 11500 views and over 130 likes with good feedback. This is very motivational and makes me want to share more of my tips and tricks to succeed with OneNote and get stuff done using some productivity methodologies like GTD and the Pomodoro Technique

Catch me at Microsoft Ignite 2017 where I am talking about OneNote LifeHacks in a 20 minute theater talk. Will be happy to share tips and tricks in OneNote productivity

Teaching productivity soft skills at MVP Connection in Madrid June 1st

MVPCommunityConnectionI am super excited to be picked out to teach productivity soft skills to the MVP’s and Regional Directors attending MVP Community Connection in Madrid June 1st. For the past year I have developed my OneNote productivity framework that I still use and succeed with. By borrowing and combining known productivity methodology such as take back your life, Getting Things Done and the Pomodoro Technique, I will talk about stuff you already know, but still need to be reminded of.

Why OneNote? There are three factors that works well for me with OneNote

  1. Flexible notetaking tool, you can paste anything anywhere and it works great with touch and pen.
  2. Syncs across devices through OneDrive with great apps for all operating systems including mobile.
  3. OneNote tasks are key and works the same on all devices so I easily can complete a task on my mobile.

It is all about getting a finite list of all your activities and thoughts so that you can prioritize and execute on the most important task at any given time. And the result? A happy life, and a productive life :) People who have tested the framework report back that a burden has been taken off their shoulders. Turns out that your mind is for having ideas, not holding them as David Allen says. By dumping everything in your head, you free up space to relax, enjoy the moment and focus on your current task at hand.

Learn how in my LifeHack OneNote session at MVP Community Connection

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Join my full online day on how to design #Skype4B voice in a cloud first world

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Join me March 3oth for my full online day on how to design Skype for Business in a cloud first world. Because of the high score at the last IT/Dev Connections session I did october 2016 Penton asked if I could do a full day, and it is a huge honor to get the chance. I will focus on three topics

  • How to think when designing global voice solutions with Skype for Business.
  • Explore online, hybrid and on-premises deployments and how Azure MFA plays in to the mix.
  • Deep dive in to codecs, protocols, routing and the optimal media path

Skype for Business Online is a different kind of infrastructure technology than the rest of Office 365 and I will focus on helping you understand how to prepare for success. I will answer live Q&A during the sessions, so make sure you sign up!

 

Talking about #Skype4B design @NICconf

logoFebruary 2nd I have the honor of speaking at the Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2017 for the 6th consecutive year. This is a premiere event with a great expo hall and a list of world known speakers such as Johan Arwidmark, Sami Laiho, Wally Mead to name a few.

I will talk about how I design voice solutions with Skype for Business where I will share my three main design principles. Make sure you catch it if you are wondering about how to design in a cloud first world. Check it out and sign up here

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Virtual Class on getting structured with OneNote

onenotevclassicopngThis fall I have written several articles on how to get structured with OneNote using custom tags and creating lists that you can use when you want to jump-start those focused worksprints. Based on my experience I have created a virtual training class with labs that where I want to share my techniques and help you get started organizing your tasks, information and digitizing your capture of content and braindumps in to your OneNote. By using one place to gather all tasks, even from Outlook, you know you always have a finite list of tasks that needs to get done. Then and only then you are ready to prioritize you next task you want to complete.

The virtual class will run on January 5th and will use Microsoft Teams from an Office 365 tenant created for the class where we will share all documentation and content with live video for and interactive experience. Check it out and register today at Eventbrite

Speaking av TechDays Sweden 2016

November 16th 2016 I had the pleasure of talking at TechDays Sweden about How to get started with Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast. This is the second time I have the honor of attending as a speaker and this is a really great conference with a good expo floor and great keynotes.

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Heard about Meeting Broadcast in Office 365? It is available for all Enterprise licenses. You can use your regular Skype for Business client to stream your meeting to any device without any client requirements. After the meeting it will be available on demand and you can get statistics on how many have consumed your broadcast. New features even include a QA module for two way communications with your attendees. This session will walk through how to get started, best practices and how to look professional doing it.

Watch the recording

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Video: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays-Sweden/Techdays-Sweden-2016/How-to-get-started-with-Skype-for-Business-Meeting-Broadcast–Level-200
Date: 16 Nov 2016
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Room: M6

Read more and sign up here: http://tdswe.se/session/how-to-get-started-with-skype-for-business-meeting-broadcast-level-200/