5 Practical Ways to Make The Most Out Of SharePoint Conference #spc12

10 more days and SharePoint Conference 2012 (SPC12) is here! I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to all the SharePoint goodness that’s in store for everyone.
10 more days and SharePoint Conference 2012 (SPC12) is here! I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to all the SharePoint goodness that’s in store for everyone.

To have the best experience as possible, I’d like to share five practical ways on how you can make the most out of SharePoint Conference 2012:

1. Utilize MySPC

As a SPC12 attendee, you can take advantage of MySPC – it’s a conference scheduling tool that allows you to:
– Enter/update your personal profile
– Identify sessions you want to attend
– Schedule meetings
– Connect with other attendees
– Fill-out session evaluations

It’s a great tool to plan and manage your SPC12 experience. Make sure you get started with it now by clicking here.

2. Choose Sessions, Activities and Parties Early On

At the conference, you will find more than 300 educational sessions spanning multiple tracks, a range of experience levels, and hands-on labs. These sessions cover SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 and are presented by the best and brightest in SharePoint ecosystem: members of the Microsoft team, SharePoint partners, MVPs, customers, and other industry thought leaders. So make sure you review the sessions now and using MySPC, start identifying which ones you’d like to attend.

Apart from the daily educational sessions, there’s tons of other activities and parties at the conference. Make sure you don’t miss the Tuesday evening Jon Bon Jovi concert. For more tips on how to best plan for SPC12 activities, check out Joel Oleson’s planning guide.

Additionally, it would be great if y’all can come by and be a part of these sessions and activities that I’ll be involved with:

Monday, November 12

3:25pm – 3:40pm
SharePoint Express: 3 Ways To Empower Reluctant PMs with SharePoint 2013
Expo Hall

Tuesday, November 13

9:00am – 10:15am
Lead the Enterprise Social Revolution: 5 Steps to Drive Culture Change South Pacific Ballroom E
Click here to add it to your MySPC

12:45pm – 1:00pm
SharePoint Express: 3 Steps to Elevate Your PM Maturity with Project 2013
Expo Hall

Fast Track Your Project Management Office with Project Online
Islander Ballroom IED
Click here to add it to your MySPC

Wednesday, November 14

3 Ways to Transform Project Management Chaos into Success
Business Critical SharePoint Theater, Expo Hall

6:30pm – 7pm
SharePoint 2010 for Project Management Book Signing
O’Reilly Media booth, Expo Hall

3. Participate in Pre & Post Conference Trainings

Apart from the abundant sessions the conference has to offer, opportunities for deeper training are available before and after the conference.

Btw, you can register for the technical Project pre-day for FREE – details here: http://spgur.us/SeH9eu

Click here to register for these pre & post-conference trainings.

4. Engage with the Community

The SharePoint community is like no other. It’s such an amazing, vibrant and talented group of people around the world that make up the essence of the SharePoint ecosystem. Before going to SPC12, make sure you connect with the SharePoint community on Twitter, Yammer, LinkedIn, SharePoint User Groups and SharePoint Saturdays.

While at SPC12, there will be ample opportunities to rub elbows and exchange ideas with community leaders, members and other key players in SharePoint community, starting with the official welcome reception on Sunday night, at the SharePoint Community Lounge or the SharePoint Community Hub and continuing throughout the conference.

In fact, I highly encourage you to participate in the SPC12 Gangnam Style flashmob that the community is organizing. Click here to join.

5. Harness the Power of Social Media

Social media will be the next best thing to sliced bread at SPC12 – it will keep you connected throughout the conference. If you haven’t yet, make sure you sign up for a Twitter account and follow the hashtag #SPC12. If you’re new to Twitter and need a 101 primer, click here.

Also, here’s a 15 minute video I produced during Project Conference 2012 on how to best maximize social media at conferences which certainly applies to SPC12 as well:

So are you excited? I am. I look forward to seeing you in Vegas in two weeks. Hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions!

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