This past Saturday was the annual SharePoint Saturday hosted by the Charlotte Area SharePoint User Group. It’s a free, one-day event run by volunteers and sponsors to provide SharePoint professionals with a continuing education, new training and networking opportunities. This has been my 4th year attending and it’s worth the time each year.
The day (8AM-4PM) is broken out into four sessions with each session having multiple speakers and topics to select from. Depending on your interest, skill level (i.e. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert) and role within SharePoint (e.g. IT Pro, Developer, End-User, Business, Other, etc), various topics are available for each session totaling 28 to select from for the day. Topics ranged from: Visio 2013, Power BI, Office 365 in a Nutshell, Intranet capabilities, Task Aggregation and everything in between. For a full list of speakers and sessions – click here. The speakers are knowledgeable and engaging and typically not there to give you a sales pitch five minutes into their presentation, although I have seen it unfortunately.
From my team, I had five other teammates join me bright and early for this event. During breakfast, each of us mapped out the sessions that were most relevant to our roles and skill set. Some of us overlapped in attendance for certain sessions but for the most part, we all had different interests and were able to divide and conquer. We connected briefly in between sessions to huddle and even had time for a cheesy SharePoint t-shirt photo…
Left to Right: Chelsea Theodoropoulos (Marketing Director), Me (President), Luke Seifert (Communications Manager), Brian Gough (Solutions Architect & SharePoint Saturday Veteran Volunteer) and Eric Byrd (SVP of Client Strategy)
*Missing, Paula Paul (Solution Strategy and Delivery Director) who arrived afterwards.
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