Showing posts with label Presentation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Presentation. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Don't suck at your next presentation - "15 Easy Ways to Screw Up Your Next User Group Talk" and more...

Jerry Nixon @ Work - 15 Easy Ways to Screw Up Your Next User Group Talk. And, a little advice

In college, a millennia ago, I spent a summer serving Philadelphia’s inner city children with Bart Campolo. As a leader, he was an effervescent, tireless motivator; an excellent writer as much a speaker. As he verbalized his process he forever transformed my approach to public communication.



I believe we all want to be excellent communicators. Recognizing excellent communication qualities creates a roadmap for us to be better. One stepping stone toward this is motivating change over mere information. Asking ourselves, “What do I want my audience to change?” Let’s look closer


15 Easy Fails

If you want your presentation to fail, then I have assembled some easy solutions for you. You don’t have to work hard to be a loser when I’m here. Here are some of the top things I have used to ensure my talks aren’t successes.



Finally, here are six more great, loser tips:

  1. Over-generalize, there’s no other way
  2. Under-enunciate, the-no-thr-wa.
  3. Use logical fallacies, just like Hitler!
  4. Maximize PowerPoint & laser pointers
  5. Minimize demos, you get it
  6. Sing?


This starting to make sense? There is more to be said about this. But, this is the end of this article. If you are about to present something, consider your motivation. Is this for you or for them? And if this is for them, what do you want them to change – what behavior do you want to see different? If the answer is “nothing” then you are just wasting all of our time. You can be a great speaker. Start by looking at this article, and consider the qualities of other great speakers – especially their motivations.


One day, it will be me up there, on the stage and I'll need this advice...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Preparing Patriotic Presentations with PowerPoint (and this step-by-step animation and music tutorial series)

The Fire Hose - Step-by-step tutorial showcases PowerPoint’s patriotic animation effects

If you’ve always wanted to amp up your PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft MVP Sandra Johnson can help you with a step-by-step tutorial that covers how to animate shapes and text to create a customizable slide with background music that happens to coincide with the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday.

As the PowerPoint Blog reports, Johnson is “a wiz at creating animated greeting cards in PowerPoint, and now she's sharing her secrets …The patriotic theme of the tutorial presentation is one that most anyone can reuse, and you can always replace the message with your own. What's important are the hands-on animation techniques that you'll learn and be able to use in other presentations.”


PowerPoint. Responsibly. - Part One: Create and animate objects on a slide — Patriotic Theme

This step-by-step series of tutorials will show you how to animate shapes and text to create a customizable patriotic slide with background music. This first tutorial focuses on drawing and animating the Red Bars shown below


This tutorial is part of a 5 part series. To learn other drawing and animation techniques to create a slide like this, click any of the following links:

Draw and Animate the red bars

Draw and Animate the red stars

Create and Animate custom text (with Fragment Shapes Tool)

Draw and Animate the shooting stars

Insert Audio (music)

PowerPoint presentations don't have to make your eyes bleed or brain freeze... Really...

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Don't Present, Resonate - Nancy Duarte's resonate webook is free, online, multimedia, a great example of HTML5 publishing and a good read too...

Ric Bretschneider - She’s Giving It Away…

No secret to anyone about my love of this book.

So why is it news today?

This morning Nancy Duarte announced that “the multimedia version of Resonate is now available on HTML5 and iTunes for FREE! You can read, learn, and share on any platform or device.”

So stop reading this and go get it....



Just the way this webook is presented is interesting, let alone the content... (OH! Shiny box! You mean there's good stuff in it too! :)

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lighting the way into the future (of LightSwitch) - "Live from Redmond - Visual Studio LightSwitch Town Hall"

Hosam Kamel's Blog - Live from Redmond - Visual Studio LightSwitch Town Hall Thursday, September 12, 2013 | 8:00AM – 9:30AM (PDT, Redmond Time)

Are you interested in the future of Visual Studio LightSwitch? Come see what we’ve been working on and ask questions in this live public meeting. Joe Binder and the rest of the LightSwitch Team will be here to discuss the LightSwitch roadmap and discuss the product direction. We’ll start with a demonstration of the new features in Visual Studio 2013 and then we’ll open the floor to questions. 

If you have burning questions or topics you'd like to discuss, it would be a great help if you post them to this thread in advance so we can provide more complete answers.  Of course, you're more than welcome to ask live too.


More details and an interesting discussion can be accessed here

I'm still saying that VS2013 is going to be the break-out of LightSwitch, that in a couple years we'll see this VS as the true birth of LightSwitch (Or will be saying, "Man, remember LightSwitch..." :/ )

Anyway, here's a great chance to check out what's coming and to ask the team questions...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Gestalt your way to better data visualization by following the Gestalt Laws

Six Revisions - How to Make Data Visualization Better with Gestalt Laws

People love order. We love to make sense of the world around us.

The human mind’s affinity for making sense of the objects it sees can be explained in a theory called Gestalt psychology. Gestalt psychology, also referred to gestaltism, is a set of laws that accounts for how we perceive or intuit patterns and conclusions from the things we see.

These laws can help designers produce better designs. For instance:

In this guide, we will talk about how to apply the principles of Gestalt to create better charts, graphs, and data visualization graphics.

For broader implementation tips of Gestalt laws, please read Gestalt Principles Applied in Design.


Gestalt laws originate from the field of psychology. Today, however, this set of laws finds relevance in a multitude of disciplines and industries like design, linguistics, musicology, architecture, visual communication, and more.

These laws provide us a framework for explaining how human perception works.

Understanding and applying these laws within the scope of charting and data visualization can help our users identify patterns that matter, quickly and efficiently.

None of the Gestalt laws work in isolation, and in any given scenario, you can find the interplay of two or more of these laws.

Let us cover some of the Gestalt laws that are relevant to enhancing data visualization graphics.



To sum up the lessons we can derive from these Gestalt laws:

  1. Law of Prägnanz: Keep it simple. Arrange data logically wherever possible.
  2. Law of Continuity: Arrange objects in a line to facilitate grouping and comparison.
  3. Law of Similarity: Use similar characteristics (color, size, shape, etc.) to establish relationships and to encourage groupings of objects.
  4. Law of Focal Point: Use distinctive characteristics (like a different color or a different shape) to highlight and create focal points.
  5. Law of Proximity: Know what your chart’s information priority is, and then create groupings through proximity to support that priority.
  6. Law of Isomorphic Correspondence: Keep in mind your user and their preconceived notions and experiences. Stick to well-established conventions and best practices.
  7. Law of Figure/Ground: Ensure there is enough contrast between your foreground and background so that charts and graphs are more legible.
  8. Law of Common Fate: Use direction and/or movement to establish or negate relationships.


The title of my post should have been "Break the Gestalt Laws, go directly to the Data Visualization jail, do not..." Anyway, great write up, advice and guidance...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mark TechEd's you... See all four of Mark Russinovich's recent TechEd North America sessions

Sysinternals Site Discussion - Updates: Mark's TechEd Sessions, Autoruns v11.61, Strings v2.52, ZoomIt v4.5

"Mark’s TechEd Sessions Available On-Demand:  Mark delivered four top-rated sessions at Microsoft’s TechEd US conference two weeks ago, and the recordings are available now for on-demand viewing. In Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, he gives an overview of the deployment and operation of Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks; in Windows Azure Internals Mark goes under the hood of Windows Azure to show its physical and logical datacenter architecture and operation; in Case of the Unexplained you’ll see how to use the Sysinternals tools to solve impossible problems; and in Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools you’ll learn how to use Sysinternals tools to identify and clean malware infestations.

Autoruns v11.61:  ...  This update adds more autostart locations, fixes a bug that could cause a crash when Autorunsc is directed to calculate file hashes, and fixes a bug in Autoruns’ jump-to-image functionality on 64-bit Windows.

Strings v2.52:  This release fixes a bug that prevented the previous one from running on Windows XP.

Zoomit v4.5:  ... This release introduces better support for zooming in on Windows 8 Windows Store applications.


If you've never seen Mark speak, you are missing out. I've seen him a few times and every time I've enjoyed it and, best of all, learning something that I was able to put right to use...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PresentOn <-> PresentOff - Using the Productivity Power Tools to present your presentations

Michael Crump - Nice Tool for Presenters who use Visual Studio 2012


While setting up for my Nokia Lumia Labs presentation, I had one of the organizers ask me how I was able to switch fonts and make everything easier to read in a matter of seconds. I told him that I simply installed the Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012 and with 2 simple commands could switch between presenter mode or non-presenter mode.

Let’s see how it works.

By typing ‘present’, from the Visual Studio Quick Launch bar, then you will see the following:


By selecting, “PresentOn” then Visual Studio will adjust fonts, etc. automatically as shown below (Click to enlarge image):



Funny how this tip makes the rounds (Powering Presentations, Productivity Power. A peek at the VS 2012 Productivity Power Tools PresentOn/PresentOff).

Note: This is great for work presentations, meetings, code chats, etc. too.


Related Past Post XRef:
Powering Presentations, Productivity Power. A peek at the VS 2012 Productivity Power Tools PresentOn/PresentOff
Productivity Power Tools November 2012 Release (Think "Cool, new stuff for VS2012!" Release. Or "More Quick Tasks, Power Commands, Coloring Printing, [and more] oh my...")
The Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools just got better (with yesterday’s update). Now it’s Cool x 2!
“Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools” available on the Visual Studio Gallery and free for everyone (VS 2010 Pro and above though). Think “Monster rollaway filled with cool power tools”
Visual Studio [Ultimate] 2010 Visualization & Modeling Feature Pack RTM now available on MSDN Subscribers Download

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kevin's Tips To Technology Presentation Perfection. Six tips for to help you toward Demo Mastery

Kevin E. Kline - Demo Mastery for the Technology Evangelist

In the same way that the finest presentations involve much more than the simple relaying of information, the finest software demos are much more than just presenting features.

REMEMBER: The goal of a demo is to INSPIRE the audience to use the software/technology, not to teach them every nuance of software/technology.

I’ve spent the last 10 years learning how to give good presentations and to give good software demonstrations. Here are several tips to take your software demonstration from informative to masterful:

1. Know your audience

2. Start, but only start, with an agenda

3. Skip the lengthy intro

4. Show what is pertinent

5. Don’t get sidelined

6. Hit the jackpot



One day, I might become a Developer/Technology Evangelist (officially... I already kind of am unofficially... just ask anyone I work with... lol) so I like gathering these kinds of tips and tricks.

The best part of sharing this? These tips can be applied to ANY presentation.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Best Books for Public Speakers" round-up

Scott Berkun - The best books for public speakers

A feature of some of my books is a ranked bibliography. I review my research and rank the books that were most useful in order of usefulness. Here is the ranked bibliography from Confessions of a Public Speaker.

Popular recent books like Reynold’s Presentation Zen and Duarte’s Slideology didn’t rank high on this list even though I recommend those books often. The reason is both books focus on slide design which in my experience isn’t the primary place to start in helping speakers improve, which explains why I only spend a few pages in Confessions with advice on slides (Both book do make the list, just surface near the bottom). I also needed to cover a wide range of subjects in the book including history, anxiety, business, performance, neuroscience and teaching – books scored better in this list when I learned the most.

Ranked in order of number of notes I made while reading:


Since one day, when I grow up, I'd like to be public (and a speaker too) I wanted to grab Scott's list and add it to my "Yeah, you'll read these 'real soon now' list"...

Thursday, January 03, 2013

A few tips for creating professional visual presentations

Microsoft Small Business - GUEST BLOG: 5 Tips on Creating Effective Visual Presentations Like a Pro

5 Tips on Creating Effective Visual Presentations Like a Pro

Here is a constant predicament for presenters - How can a topic be effectively discussed to an audience in such a way that they will be interested in learning more about the issue and actually be drawn to understand and remember what has been presented to them? Despite your best intentions, incorporating your entire monologue into numerous slides filled with bullet points does not help in increasing the audience’s interest and engagement in the presentation. Adding bar graphs and pie charts do not help as well. Understanding human nature points to one solution – visuals.

Communicating with pictures makes it easier for people to remember things that have been discussed with them visually. Studies done by Psychologist Jerome Bruner of New York University have shown that people remember 80% of what they see and do, while only 10% is retained from what they hear and 20% from what they read. According to Psychologist Albert Mehrabian, an audience during a presentation absorbs 55% of the information presented through visuals, and only 38% of verbal and 7% of text.

Ideally, hiring a designer would be the best solution for having a highly engaging and effective presentation. A presentation created by a professional designer will guarantee a polished presentation that will help you, as a presenter, to capture the attention of your audience and successfully communicate your message. However, hiring a pro to do this may be too expensive for small businesses so here are some tips for achieving a visually engaging presentation without the additional costs.



As someone who would like to become a Microsoft MVP one day, and knows that I need to get out from behind the keyboard and in front of people, presenting and sharing, to get there, these kinds of tips are those that I like to gather.

We all hate crappy presentations, so anything we can do to make them better is a good thing, right? Maybe just a few tweaks will take take your crap-tastic presentation to fantastic? (Well, we can always hope ;)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Powering Presentations, Productivity Power. A peek at the VS 2012 Productivity Power Tools PresentOn/PresentOff

Nathan Totten - Visual Studio 2012 Presentation Mode

This week I gave several presentations at Microsoft Web Camps. Part of giving a presentation involves setting up your machine properly to ensure that everyone can read the text on the screen. This is generally something I have done manually in Visual Studio by modifying the font settings. However, a few days ago Mads Kristensen pointed out to me that the new Visual Studio 2012 Productivity Power Tools have a fantastic command to automate this task. Now to setup Visual Studio for a demo all I have to do is type “PresentOn” in the top right search bar. To disable presentation mode, just type “PresentOff”.


[GD: Post Leach Level: 99.9%]

The Productivity Power Tools  really is a must install. And there's so many features, all free, that you could spend hours playing with them all...


Related Past Post XRef:
Productivity Power Tools November 2012 Release (Think "Cool, new stuff for VS2012!" Release. Or "More Quick Tasks, Power Commands, Coloring Printing, [and more] oh my...")
The Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools just got better (with yesterday’s update). Now it’s Cool x 2!
“Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools” available on the Visual Studio Gallery and free for everyone (VS 2010 Pro and above though). Think “Monster rollaway filled with cool power tools”
Visual Studio [Ultimate] 2010 Visualization & Modeling Feature Pack RTM now available on MSDN Subscribers Download

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"3 surefire ways to glue your audience to their seats without Krazy Glue, hot glue or Mod Podge" Free Teleseminar

Speak Schmeak - 3 surefire ways to glue your audience to their seats without Krazy Glue, hot glue or Mod Podge

I hear this time and time again from clients, from audiences, from strangers who find out I'm ac...

"How do I get the audience's attention and keep it?"

They may say it in slightly different ways, like "I'm afraid of boring the audience," or "I wish I could get the audience excited and motivated to participate," or "How can I make a greater impact on my audience?"

But they all mean the same thing:

In a world where audiences are faced with more distractions than ever (When's lunch? Who's picking up the kids from soccer? I forgot to call the vet. I love her shoes. Oooh, there's a text from my BFF!), keeping their focus has gotten harder and harder.

But when you have the skills and know the tricks to keeping your audience's attention... and getting it back again every couple of minutes... your presentations will go from *blah* and *so-so* and *what did he say?* to fun, memorable and thoroughly enjoyable.

You want to give the kind of talk where time flies and the audience is disappointed it's over so soon, instead of the kind where they're looking at their watches wondering "How much longer?"
But how do you learn these skills? It's not like there's a dedicated public speaking class just focusing on engaging the audience in your neighborhood.

Oh wait... There IS!
"3 Surefire Ways to Glue Your Audience to Their Seats Without Krazy Glue, Hot Glue or Mod Podge" is my upcoming FREE teleseminar on engaging the audience. You can access the call from the convenience of your home or office.


Join me on my call and learn some of my best secrets, like:

* How the title of your presentation can make or break your audience's trust
* 7 guaranteed ways to *lose* the audience's attention, even if you already had it
* And the #1 thing you can do better to engage your audience from start to finish.

It's happening:
Thursday, September 20
1:00 pacific/4:00 eastern


I saw that my favorite public speaking coach was giving this free teleseminar and besides signing up myself, I thought I'd share it with you all. I mean we all can't be a Scott Hanselman now can we? AH! But we can! We just need practice and maybe some professional advice [Insert Coach Lisa plug here]...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Presenting a "Presenter’s Bill of Rights"

Brent Ozar - The Presenter’s Bill of Rights

Bad news: you don’t have any.

You THINK you have the right to all of this stuff:

  • A working screen for a projector (as opposed to one that’s hung up in the ceiling and won’t come down)
  • A working projector
  • ...
  • ...


When – not if – you don’t have something you expected at the event, remember the real presenter’s bill of rights.

You have the right to get bad surprises,
and the obligation to deliver great surprises.


That first line made me laugh. I've done a number of presentations at work and yep, you think you have these "rights" but you never, ever really do. Yet, being prepared is key, forewarned and all that... (I keep telling myself that in the mirror, but man I have a think head... lol)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Web Camps Training Kit Updated

Microsoft Downloads - Web Camps Training Kit

Date published: 5/9/2012

Language: English

WebCampsTrainingKit.exe, 2.4 MB

Execute the EXE, then select the content items you wish to download. There are presentations in PowerPoint 2010 format and hands-on-labs in HTML format. All assets for the hands-on-labs are included (images, stylesheets, etc).


While you learn allot when you create your own presentations and samples, sometimes re-use is also the way to go [insert 'I hate re-inventing the wheel' statement here]


Here's a few quick snaps of the post install;



One thing to note: I wish the kit files were optimized and maybe used a shared resource model. See all those blue squares? They are all copies of the same SQL Server database, MvcMusicStore.mdf. I understand that each related course needs that, and that users can pick and choose which one to download and that keeping them together with the materials helps in unitization, but it still bugs me that 144MB is being used where 4MB could be... [Bitch, moan, groan...]

Also note there's a dependency on VS 11 Beta (which makes sense due to the '4.5' related lab's);



Related Past Post XRef:
“Web Camps Training Kit” Don’t re-invent, re-use…

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Here's one official boat load of VS11 Webcasts...

Steve Lange, the TFS Geek - Holy VS 11 Webcasts, Batman!

"Want to learn more about Visual Studio 11 and TFS 11 but can’t make it to an in-person roadshow? Check out this line up of “11” webcasts provided by our awesome ALM partners. Topics include:

  • A View into Microsoft's New ALM Features and Tools
  • Agile Planning
  • Managing Requirements & Customers
  • Testing Tools
  • Cross-Platform Development
  • Storyboarding
  • Exploratory Testing


Visual Studio 11 Webcasts

Language(s): English.

Product(s): Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.

Audience(s): Architect, Designer, IT Decision Maker, IT Manager, Pro Dev/Programmer and Tester.

Whether you are a developer, a database administrator, or a technical architect – we have a Visual Studio 11 webcast for you! Each webcast is an hour in length, and there is no charge. You'll need to register for each webcast individually so simply click through the links below to register for the topics/dates of your choice.



The thing I thought awesome about this was how it's multiple companies, that this list combines casts from some of the major Microsoft training names/companies/providers into one easy to find, consume, browse and register list.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

VS 11 ALM DemoMates updated for the Beta

Brian Keller - Visual Studio 11 Beta ALM DemoMates now available

The Visual Studio 11 DemoMates for showcasing application lifecycle management scenarios have been updated based on the beta release. You can download the DemoMates here.

DemoMates are a nice alternative to the Visual Studio 11 Virtual Machine for when you don’t have time or hardware resources to run the virtual machine.

Brian Keller - DemoMates for Visual Studio 11 ALM Demos

"Mar 15, 2012 Update: This post and accompanying downloads have been updated based on the Visual Studio 11 Beta.


A DemoMate is a Silverlight-based rendering of a software demo which can be used to easily learn a demo or show it to an audience (albeit in a strict, linear format). It’s not a substitute for the virtual machine and being able to go “off road” of the script, but if you plan on sticking to the script then it’s the next best thing.


You can run these DemoMates online, or if you plan on using these in an environment where you might not always have Internet access then I suggest installing the offline version.

Agile Project Management in Team Foundation Server 11
Building the Right Software - Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 11
Diagnosing Issues in Production with IntelliTrace and Visual Studio 11
Exploratory Testing and Other Enhancements in Microsoft Test Manager 11
Making Developers More Productive with Team Foundation Server 11
Unit Testing with Visual Studio 11 - MSTest, NUnit,, and Code Clone

Offline: (gets installed locally on your computer)
Agile Project Management in Team Foundation Server 11
Building the Right Software - Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 11
Diagnosing Issues in Production with IntelliTrace and Visual Studio 11
Exploratory Testing and Other Enhancements in Microsoft Test Manager 11
Making Developers More Productive with Team Foundation Server 11
Unit Testing with Visual Studio 11 - MSTest, NUnit,, and Code Clone


A quick and easy way to see some of the features coming in VS/TFS11...

Here's some snaps from the Building the Right Software - Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 11 DemoMate

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Related Past Post XRef:
Visual Studio/TFS11 ALM Demo's... Mate! See the VS/TFS 11 ALM's hands-on-labs in DemoMate form

Visual Studio 11 ALM VHD's, VirtualBoxed (and even on x86 hosts too)
Want to play with Visual Studio 11 & TFS 11 Dev Preview but don't want to install it (and have access to a Hyper-V server)? Here's a VHD just for you...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Becoming a "Make Web, Not War" Warrior... Free day of cloud, mobile, design and web webinars. Attend one or attend them all....

Go DevMENTAL - You can become a Make Web` Not War Warrior

"March 8th, we have a full day of free webinars just for you. A great opportunity to learn about Web, mobile, design, cloud computing and more…

We know not everybody is interested in all the topics, and it’s not easy to take a full day of training, so you can register for individual presentations. For those of you who want to make the most of the day, we left time between sessions to refill your coffee, catch up on your Facebook, or tweet about the awesome session you just saw!



The boy in me chuckles at the title of the first session... I do find this new, more open Microsoft interesting.

For example [Emphasis added];

12:00 – 12:45pm - Take the red pill and enter the Matrix - Frédéric Harper

Don't fear the Agents anymore. In this presentation, we'll show you how it's easy to build a Website with the right tools. Including a Web server, a database, a SEO reporting tool and much more, WebMatrix, a free IDE, give you anything you need to be as fast as Neo. Coding in PHP or HTML5 has never been so easy. You work with Wordpress, DotNetNuke, Joomla or Umbraco? Don't worries, you'll be up and running with these (and more!) in less than five minutes. If you don't want to control the Matrix, you can always take the blue pill...


4:00 – 4:45pm - Devices, Your App, and the Cloud - Atley Hunter

There are extremely few popular device apps that do not connect to some kind of web-based or cloud service. Today’s apps are connected experiences and derive a great deal of value through the content they consume from services. See, through an end-to-end development experience, how connecting your Windows Phone, iOS, and/or Android device apps to the Cloud opens up a world of interesting possibilities.

Sure you might say Microsoft HAS to open up to more platforms if they are to survive, but as I've said before and we all know, monster corporations rarely seem to do what they "have to..."

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Thinking about presenting SQL Server 2012 to others? Then you have to check out the "SQL Server 2012 Update for Developers Training Workshop"

SQL Server 2012 Update for Developers Training Workshop

"Deliver Your Own SQL Server 2012 Workshop!

Do you need to drive adoption of SQL Server 2012 in your company, region or country? Looking for some great technical training content to use to get it done? Well look no further, you have found it! We invite members of the SQL Server Community far and wide to host their own SQL Server 2012 Update for Developers Training Workshop (SQL11UPD) using the SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Content.
Important: Microsoft is making big investments to build and publish this content and make it available free of charge to whoever can benefit from using it. If you deliver a training workshop using some or all of this content please take the time to fill out our survey here:

Workshop Overview and Benefits

SQL Server 2012 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers and IT Professionals alike that build upon key innovations introduced in previous releases. The SQL Server 2012 Update for Developers Training Workshop (SQL11UPD) will help you understand how to build enterprise grade solutions which exploit key improvements in SQL Server 2012.
Participation in this training course offers the following benefits:

  • Learn all the essential elements of SQL Server 2012 development in an interactive instructor-led format
  • Learn how to exploit the unique features of SQL Server 2012 in your solutions Intermediate 200 level technical training designed for developers and IT Professionals Content developed by technical experts from Microsoft,, and
  • Get hands-on experience with SQL Server 2012 improvements


The training course is designed for the following technical roles:
  • Primary Audience
    • Solution developers responsible for application source code development
    • Database developers responsible for database programming
  • Secondary Audience
    • Architects and IT Professionals who are familiar with solution development and want to understand how developers will exploit new features and capabilities in SQL Server 2012.

The training course is not designed for sales, marketing and management professionals. Developers with the following expectations may not benefit from participating in a the training course.


SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit BOM

This wiki provides a comprehensive list of all of the SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Content. Check back here regularly for new and/or updated content. All content has been tested to work with the following technology releases:

  • SQL Server 2012 RC0
  • Visual Studio 2010 SP1
  • Office 2010 SP1
  • SharePoint 2010 SP1

The content is organized into a sample agenda to help you plan your own SQL Server 2012 Update for Developers Training Workshop.

  • Day 1: Introduction and Database Engine Topics
    • Module 1: Introduction to SQL Server 2012
    • Module 2: Introduction to SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn
    • Module 3: Exploring and Managing SQL Server 2012 Database Engine Improvements
    • Module 4: SQL Server 2012 Database Server Programmability
  • Day 2: Visual Studio, .NET and Business Intelligence Topics
    • Module 5: SQL Server 2012 Application Development
    • Module 6: SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Information Management
    • Module 7: SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence
  • Hands-On Labs
    • Topic: SQL Server 2012 Database Engine
    • Topic: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0
    • Topic: SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Information Management
    • Topic: SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence
    • Topic: Windows Azure and SQL Azure




And what's kind of cool is that the BOM uses the new/beta "Content Installer" Azure service. So when you click on the deck you want, it's supplied via the Content Installer service. Think the goodness that is WebPI for content...

Content Installer

A simple utility for downloading and installing hands-on labs, samples, presentations, and more.Download now!

The Content Installer is a simple application that is designed to make it easier to download and install technical learning content such as hands-on labs, samples, and more.

The Content Installer enables you to simply select, download, and install the individual pieces of content that you want.

It also integrates with the Web Platform Installer to seamlessly identify and install any prerequisites that you might need on your machine


The Content installer site even has an OData feed! :) And it's also nice to see, the Content Installer is a Click-Once app. :)





So we've got some great training content now and coming soon for SQL Server 2012, and a new and pretty cool way to get it...

(via Mr Wharty's Ramblings - SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit BOM)


Related Past Post XRef:
"Introducing SQL Server 2012" second draft of free eBook now available (6 of the 10 final chapters)
A early look at the "SQL Server 2012 Early Adoption Cook Book" (Think "Work in progress")

SQL Server 2012 launches March 7th... with a free virtual launch event

The officially easiest way to play with SQL Server 2012... The SQL Server Virtual Labs
SQL Server 2012 RC0 is now available. Here's a download link round-up.
Playing with SQL Server 2012 the easy way, via a Microsoft and Amazon partnership for SQL Server 2012 on AWS/EC2 (Think "5 Minutes to Denali")
SQL Server 2012 Edition and Licensing Revamp Round-up
SQL Server 2012 Data Quality Services Slide Demo
SQL Server 2012 (fka Denali) Developer Training Kit Web Installer Preview (Updated)
"Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name 'Denali'" Free (draft two chapter preview) eBook
Want Denali CTP3 (aka next version of SQL Server)? Here's a Hyper-V VHD just for you (in 36 parts, but I've also provided direct download URL's for use in your DM of choice...)
SQL Server Denali Sequence Object Overview
SQL Server Denali Feature Watch - FORMAT(), as in, "OMG we finally get .Net like Number/Date/Time formatting in our TSQL" Or "Saying goodbye to my old friend, Convert(103)..."
Time to start thinking about, and providing feedback on, what you’ll need to upgrade to Denali (aka next version of SQL Server)
Denali CTP3 introduces LocalDB - Think SQL Server Express crossed with SQL CE (or SQL CE grown up or SQL Express made as almost as easy CE)
SQL Server Denali FileTables Feature - The fruits of WinFS? (Think "A FileStream enabled table that you can access as a network file share and other standard File IO API's" or "SQL Server File System in a Table")
A couple SQL Server ColumnStore references...

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Add a little mischief to your next PowerPoint Presentation with Mouse Mischief (Think one computer, one presentation, many mice and an engaged audience)

Mouse Mischief Home

"Try a little Mischief.

Mouse Mischief integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, letting you insert questions, polls, and drawing activity slides into your lessons.

Students can actively participate in these lessons by using their own mice to click, circle, cross out, or draw answers on the screen




Mouse Mischief can transform teaching and learning in the classroom. Mouse Mischief integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, allowing teachers to create interactive presentations that engage and excite every student in the classroom. Approximately 525 students, each with his or her own mouse, can answer multiple choice questions and draw on a shared screen. You can download Mouse Mischief free of charge.

Three compelling reasons to use Mouse Mischief in your classroom
  1. Actively engages students and supports collaborative learning

    With Mouse Mischief you can spark student curiosity by incorporating interactive technology into the curriculum. Students have fun learning while seeing visual representations of their answers on a shared screen while using colorful mouse pointers (like a robot, snowflake, guitar, and many more shapes). You can enable collaborative learning when using Mouse Mischief in Team mode; in Team mode, all members of a team need to work together to agree on an answer before it can be selected.

  2. Improves classroom management and overall student participation

    With Mouse Mischief you no longer need to wait for raised hands; you can immediately see your students' answers on the screen. Mouse Mischief helps make it easy for all students,even those who are often quiet in class, to participate regularly without the fear of saying the wrong answer. This can allow you to have better visibility into the progress and comprehension of your entire class so you can adjust your lessons on the spot.

  3. Is familiar to use and easy on the classroom budget

    Because Mouse Mischief integrates into familiar PowerPoint technology, you do not have to spend time learning new skills to use it. Additionally, you can set up your classrooms to play Mouse Mischief lessons without purchasing expensive hardware; many schools already have mice, and both mice and USB hubs are available at many stores where computer accessories are sold.

Mouse Mischief Home - Get Lessons

Check out the featured lessons below, and discover firsthand how Mouse Mischief can bring PowerPoint lessons to life. For more lessons, visit and Microsoft Partners in Learning Network to download, upload, and search for lessons created by Mouse Mischief users around the world.


Mouse Mischief Home  - Download


Oh and this add-in is free. All you need is to add mice, just normal USB mice...

Forget the classroom (well don't but) imagine this at your next presentation at work or user group! Turn your boring presentation into an interactive and engaged session, all without having to leave PowerPoint or buy expensive hardware...

(via MicrosoftFeed - Download Microsoft Mouse Mischief and Enter the New Generation of Learning Solutions)