Give your Microsoft 365 skillset a boost at 365 EduCon & PWR EduCon Chicago Sep 26-30

I am so excited to be presenting two workshops and three general sessions at the upcoming 365 EduCon and PWR EduCon conferences happening simultaneously in Chicago September 26-30.

  • WRK109 – Unboxing Microsoft 365: Make the most of your productivity toolbox
  • WRK502 – Build the intranet of the future using SharePoint Online
  • OFF103 – Goodbye, TwoNote: A OneNote refresher
  • PWR203 – How (and when) to use calculated and lookup column types in lists
  • OFF303 – How well do you know the Office desktop apps? 70 min of tips & ideas to wow your co-workers

I’ve included the details for my workshops (including video previews) and sessions in the rest of this post. I hope to see you there!

👉 Learn more and register at https://365educon.com/Chicago

💵 Use code CHAMBERLAIN to save $100


Workshops

I’ll be presenting two workshops at 365 EduCon Monday-Tuesday. Full details and previews below.

WRK109 | Unboxing Microsoft 365: Make the most of your productivity toolbox

  • Full day | Mon, Sep 26 from 9a-5p | Room W184A
  • Audience: Introductory/Beginner or Evaluators

Join Microsoft MVP and certified trainer Nate Chamberlain in this full day workshop for newer Microsoft 365 users or evaluators looking to better understand all the possibilities Microsoft 365 brings to your organization.

Attendees will learn about all the apps and latest features in Microsoft 365 that enable both individual and group productivity including SharePoint, Office 365 apps, Outlook, OneDrive, To Do, Teams, Lists, Planner, Viva, and more.

We’ll go beyond definitions to explore specific business use cases, tips, and FAQs such as:
• Microsoft 365 overview: What’s in my toolbox?
• Understand the relationships between apps, and how permissions and Microsoft 365 groups power your modern work
• Co-authoring documents, version history
• Requesting files from others, sharing files, and managing access in OneDrive and SharePoint
• Teams vs SharePoint vs OneDrive
• Teams conversations vs chats vs emails
• How do the newer Viva apps fit in?
& more!

Workshop preview for “Unboxing Microsoft 365”

WRK502 | Build the intranet of the future using SharePoint Online

  • Half day | Tue, Sep 27 from 9a-12:30p | Room W181C
  • Audience: Introductory/Beginner or Evaluators

Intranets built in SharePoint Online are running on the galaxy’s best platform for enterprise communication and collaboration.

In this half-day, beginner-friendly workshop, we’ll learn about SharePoint but with an intranet focus. We’ll cover tips and ideas for planning and structuring an intranet, best practices for facilitating internal communication and collaboration, how Teams and Viva Connections play into things, digitizing forms, and using the Power Platform to create, automate, and visualize throughout SharePoint.

Let’s create an intranet!

Workshop preview for “Build the intranet of the future”

👉 Register at https://365educon.com/Chicago

💵 Use code CHAMBERLAIN to save $100


70-minute technical sessions

I’ll also be presenting three general sessions Wednesday-Friday. Details below.

OFF103 | Goodbye, TwoNote: A OneNote refresher

  • 70 mins | Wed, Sep 28 from 1:40p-2:50p | Room W185BC
  • Audience: Introductory/Beginner or Evaluators

In 2022, OneNote moves from two separate apps (Win 10 and desktop versions) to a single version, based on the desktop version (i.e. OneNote 2016).

In this session we’ll reintroduce ourselves to OneNote, learn some exciting tips and tricks along with business use ideas, and discuss what’s new and what’s coming for OneNote.


PWR203 | How (and when) to use calculated and lookup column types in lists

  • 70 mins | Thu, Sep 29 from 2:00p-3:10p | Room W185D
  • Audience: Introductory/Beginner or Evaluators

Whether you’re using lists in Microsoft Lists or in SharePoint, you may have noticed that not all column types are shown as options when adding columns via the modern UI. Calculated columns and lookup columns are quite impressive and powerful but they take a couple extra clicks to configure.

In this session, we’ll explore both column types, when and how to use them, and you’ll leave with a reference guide including many formulas across several categories to get you started.


OFF303 | How well do you know the Office desktop apps? 70 min of tips & ideas to wow your co-workers

  • 70 mins | Fri, Sep 30 from 12:30p-1:40p | Room W185BC
  • Audience: Introductory/Beginner or Evaluators

There’s more to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote than what immediately meets the eye.

In this session, we’re not learning the basics – we’re learning the lesser-known gems and useful tools tucked away inside these common apps. We’ll cover topics including image background removal, small app settings that make a big difference, cross-app integrations, illustrations vs images, Rehearse with Coach, and much, much more.

Note: This will be based on the Microsoft 365 version (not 2019 or earlier) of the Office desktop apps. While there will be some cross-over, there are features that will be covered that are exclusive to the most up-to-date version.

👉 Register at https://365educon.com/Chicago

💵 Use code CHAMBERLAIN to save $100

Next generation OneNote: Two become one at Kansas City M365 user group (Recording)

I presented the following session for the Kansas City M365 User Group on Valentine’s Day (2/14), 2022.

Description

In today’s world and the current corporate situation numerous enterprises have rolled out OneNote went from a single app to two apps (OneNote and OneNote for Windows 10), but is now returning to a single app once again thanks to advances in Windows and Office. This session will share the latest OneNote news, help prepare you for the shift back to OneNote (formerly OneNote 2016), and highlight some of the best features OneNote has to offer for individuals and teams taking and sharing notes (and more!).

Recording

Don’t miss #GlobalCon1 Mar 2-6, 2020: A 100% virtual M365 conference

I’ve had a great privilege of attending Collab365 events before, such as their 24-hour global conference in 2017. I’m stunned by not only the quality of the sessions and the Microsoft professionals presenting them, but also by the technical execution and professionalism of the entirely virtual event.

Now, #GlobalCon1 is coming Mar 2-6.

Click the banner to learn more about #GlobalCon1

This year, I’ll still be cheering (and probably live-tweeting) in the audience, but I also have the great honor of getting to share my love letter to OneNote as a session. “You’re the one, OneNote!” will be part of the #GlobalCon1 lineup, and I hope you’ll be able to tune in. It’s one of my absolute favorite apps and I’ve got a TON of tips to share (as well as a recording of the session with a companion e-book included for those who upgrade from the free pass to get the all-access pass).

Of all the professional development and self-investment you’ll do this year, make the #GlobalCon1 (and 2, 3, and 4) part of your plan. The value is unmatched, and your experience will undoubtedly inspire and push you to the next level.

#GlobalCon1 Registration Links:

You can register for free (while free passes last), or upgrade to the All-Access Pass.

Attend ALL sessions in real-time, chatting with speakers while their session airs.

  • Life-time access to every single GlobalCon1 session recording (and 10 companion EBooks) 
  • plus all of the ebooks and sessions from the Collab365 Teams, Flow and Power Apps Summits.
  • Get Teams Training videos by Matthew J Bailey MVP

The All-Access Pass will eventually be $139, but right now it’s just $79 (until February 12).

Join me at SharePoint Fest Seattle Aug 19-23, 2019

I’m honored to be among many fantastic presenters for SharePoint Fest Seattle. When first learning SharePoint, SharePoint Fest Seattle was the first big conference I attended. I was an administrative associate at the time. I remember attending a workshop on SharePoint Designer workflows by Vlad Catrinescu and thinking it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.

Each night of the conference, I’d stay up late working on things I’d learned or ideas I’d gotten during the day. After the conference, I dove all in and ended up working full-time in SharePoint. My job transformed into a SharePoint Business Analyst role. Fast forward, now I’m a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert, author, blogger, user group leader, and a SharePoint Systems Engineer at LMH Health.

I’m continually wowed and re-energized by all that’s coming out of Microsoft. And I’m excited to be on the other side of the podium for a few sessions this year, sharing some of my favorite topics. And, as always, I’m looking forward to sitting in the audience as well for what is certainly one of the year’s best professional development opportunities.

Come discover how SharePoint Fest Seattle can expedite your career growth through professional development and inspiration. Register today at https://www.sharepointfest.com/Seattle/ and use code Chamberlain100 to save $100 off your pass.

I’ll be presenting these three sessions, as well as sitting at the “Ask the Experts” booth a couple times. I hope I’ll see you there!

INT102 – Building the Intranet of the Future: Using SharePoint to Empower Collaboration

Automation, organization, incredible search capabilities and user interactivity; all things your organization can have in choosing to build an intranet with SharePoint. 

We’ll discuss avoiding File Dump 2.0 by exploring best practices in internal communications and collaboration via intranets, rethinking forms and minimizing busy work by utilizing automation capabilities in SPD workflows and Microsoft Flow and designing intuitive navigation.

CM202 – SharePoint wizardry for content management, archiving & retention

Are your muggles muddying up your servers and site storage with duplicate files, pictures from a 2008 staff party and files named “April” in folders called “Jane’s stuff”? 

Learn how to most effectively destroy the 8th horcrux using out-of-the-box functionality in SharePoint brewed with bits of governance, content strategy and just a little help from SharePoint Designer to help automate processes. It’s just like magic!

BV303 – You’re the one, OneNote!

Are you looking for more productivity in your life? Sticky notes leaving you…unsatisfied? 

Sit back and enjoy this journey through the sweetest productivity story ever told, where you’ll be inspired to take “note” of new ways of working more efficiently day-to-day with OneNote. When it comes to working smarter and not harder, OneNote is the one.

Register for the most affordable, premium conference for SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure

As information technology professionals, it’s critically important that we stay up-to-date and practiced in our respective technologies. The North American Collaboration Summit allows you to do just that, and at a fraction of the cost of other premium conferences.

Why you should be registering for the North American Collaboration Summit 2019

One of the greatest things about this conference is that you get to interact with the best and brightest minds in our industry. The very same speakers that you’d meet at other big-name conferences.

A 60-second preview of 8 North American Collaboration Summit 2019 speakers

Oh, and did I mention I’ll be speaking there for the first time? I’m honored to be speaking alongside some incredible professionals and am excited to share a favorite session of mine, “SharePoint Wizardry for Content Management, Archiving, and Retention.”

A 60-second preview of my session at the North American Collaboration Summit 2019

What are you waiting for? Register now, and I’ll see you in March.

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday St. Louis next Saturday, Jan 19

SharePoint Saturday St. Louis is fast-approaching and is one of my favorite SPS events. This year it will be held at the new Microsoft center. You won’t want to miss it!

I’ll be speaking about one of my favorite topics – building a modern intranet:

Building the Intranet of the Future: Using SharePoint to Empower Collaboration

Automation, organization, incredible search capabilities and user interactivity; all things your organization can have in choosing to build an intranet with SharePoint. We’ll discuss avoiding File Dump 2.0 by exploring best practices in internal communications and collaboration via intranets. We’ll also cover rethinking forms and minimizing busy work by utilizing automation capabilities via workflow and designing intuitive navigation.

Hope to see you there!

Sharing my ABCs at the Kansas City Office 365 User Group Jan 14, 2019

If you’re in the Kansas City area, register for the Jan 14th KC O365 User Group meeting. They meet at Water One (10747 Renner Boulevard in Lenexa). I’ll be giving away a signed copy of my book in a drawing, and selling additional copies (also signed) for $10 (cash or card).


Can’t make it in person?  Register for the live webinar!

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Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati this Saturday | Oct 27, 2018

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I’ll be speaking this Saturday at SPS Cinci (#SPSCinci2018). I’ll be presenting my brand new, magical session on content management, archiving and retention for the third time this year. Don’t miss it!

SharePoint wizardry for content management, archiving & retention

Are your muggles muddying up your servers and site storage with duplicate files, pictures from a 2008 staff party and files named “April” in folders called “Jane’s stuff”? Learn how to most effectively destroy the 8th horcrux using out-of-the-box functionality in SharePoint brewed with bits of governance, content strategy and just a little help from SharePoint Designer to help automate processes. It’s just like magic!

Hope to see you there!

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Baltimore this Saturday | Oct 20, 2018

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I’ll be speaking this Saturday at SPS Baltimore (#SPSBMORE). I’ll be presenting my brand new, magical session on content management, archiving and retention for the second time this year. Don’t miss it!

SharePoint wizardry for content management, archiving & retention

Are your muggles muddying up your servers and site storage with duplicate files, pictures from a 2008 staff party and files named “April” in folders called “Jane’s stuff”? Learn how to most effectively destroy the 8th horcrux using out-of-the-box functionality in SharePoint brewed with bits of governance, content strategy and just a little help from SharePoint Designer to help automate processes. It’s just like magic!

Hope to see you there!

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Kansas City this Saturday | Oct 13, 2018

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My local SharePoint Saturday, SPS Kansas City, is coming up THIS WEEKEND (#SPSKC). I’ll be speaking about one of my favorite topics – building a modern intranet:

Building the Intranet of the Future: Using SharePoint to Empower Collaboration

Automation, organization, incredible search capabilities and user interactivity; all things your organization can have in choosing to build an intranet with SharePoint. We’ll discuss avoiding File Dump 2.0 by exploring best practices in internal communications and collaboration via intranets. We’ll also cover rethinking forms and minimizing busy work by utilizing automation capabilities via workflow and designing intuitive navigation.

Hope to see you there!