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Community Launch Team : 10 tips on preparing a presentation! (Vista, Office and Exchange Launch)

Like last years Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006’s community launch initiatives, Microsoft along with communities like INETA and Culminis are coming up with bigger and better community launch event for Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007. This is said to be the biggest joint launch ever.

Just like last year, I am part of this community launch initiative both as a UG leader as well as a Virtual Trainer. Virtual training program does not only focus on technology related content, it also focuses on presentation skills. So Virtual Training program is divided into two phases. Phase 1 targets presentation skills and has presentations delivered by expert speakers on topics like “10 tips to preparing a presentation”. Phase 2 will have technical presentation related to products that are being launched i.e. Office 2007, Windows Vista and Exchange Server 2007.

Today, I did my first presentation on “10 tips for preparing a presentation”.  This event was scheduled to take place at 11 AM (GMT + 4). I initially had few problems in setting things up with conference call and importing slide deck into Live Communication Client. But with the help from Justine Davies of Microsoft’s Community Launch Team, we were able to set up things appropriately ahead of time.

Event started a bit late but once it was started I believe it went well. I couldn’t sleep the night before because of work at office and then for the preparation slide decks. But the very fact that I had one participant who logged in from PERU @ 3 AM local time was good enough to get me all charged for the presentation.

Following are a few tag lines from the presentation:

Cogito ergo sum! | “I think, therefore, I am!”

It’s all about U!

If you don’t know which way to go. Any road will do!

KISS (Keep it simple stupid) principal

A picture is worth a System.Int64.Max words!

MOI (motivation, organization and innovation) model!

Office Programmability

I have always been an advocate of Office based solutions i.e. using Office constituents like Excel, Word and Outlook as clients for capturing user input as well as showing output as in reports etc.
The adaptability and power that Office based solutions offer is just absolutely great. And now with VSTO Second Edition things are even better. I will suggest you folks to listen to the following couple of available pod casts.

http://files.skyscrapr.net/users/arcast/ARCast20060919HeyArchitectsOffice2007Part1.mp3
http://files.skyscrapr.net/users/arcast/ARCast20060919HeyArchitectsOffice2007Part2.mp3