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Ready for Microsoft Ignite? Event Maven Tips to Rock It!

Ready for Microsoft Ignite? Event Maven Tips to Rock It!

#MSIgnite 2018 will be the third Microsoft Ignite I’ve attended (my first TechEds were Barcelonaand Dallas, TX in 2003). Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s largest ITPro/Dev event of the year featuring hundreds of technical sessions and hands-on workshops, a massive expo floor, tons of parties and, something I am very proud to be a part of, a whole track devoted to learning about and fostering Diversity and Inclusion. 

As an Event Maven who used to produce these events for Microsoft, I know a few ins and outs to get the most knowledge, networking, and fun out of it. 

Here are some tips & tricks to help you create a productive and memorable Microsoft Ignite experience.

Maven Moments at #SPC18 - SharePoint Conference is Back

Maven Moments at #SPC18 - SharePoint Conference is Back

What a week. May has traditionally been a big month for SharePoint, and the SharePoint Conference NA was chock full of announcements.

All work and no play, Seattle

All work and no play, Seattle

Oh Seattle, you have become synonymous with work for me. And not as much play.

I realize this after many trips in the past few years where I am running and driving from meeting to meeting and client to client and cursing you in a way. As I’m usually fumbling in a rental car, trying not to text, starting a conference call, and figuring out where the hell I’m going as I’m most of the time on the Eastside and also driving in the rain after 12 years of living in California.

Sense Memory.

Sense Memory.

I wish sometimes you could capture the smell of a place.

History/Herstory lives in a scent.

The long room here in the old library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland takes me back to being 24 and being on the precipice of a big new beautiful chapter of my life.

That first trip outside the US filled my head and heart with wonder.

Sitting here this morning, I’m filled with gratitude that I’m back here today. Completing some sort of circle.

Chefs are wonderful. #lasvegas #foodie #Chefs

Chefs are wonderful. #lasvegas #foodie #Chefs

In the midst of the happenings of Las Vegas, sending big love and shout outs to you all who live and work in a city we all come to for celebrations and conferences. Stay strong. Love you. Thank you for making many moments in our lives so wonderful. So I’m sharing some goodness about you all in the service industry and a great city that I have loved since turning 21 there.

Xo #lasvegasstrong

To try.

To try.

I’d rather make a mistake

Than not try.

I’d rather reach out

Then stay still.

I’d rather fall on my face

Then never leap.

I’d rather make a fool of myself

Then let the spark walk by.