Training and Certification Posts

  • Creating Custom Timers
    A recent tweet and LinkedIn post attracted a lot of attention,  due to the lunch timer running in the background. As a result I promised a blog post on how I built is, so here it is. This is what we are aiming for, this is the timer used in the original tweet running in … Continue reading Creating Custom Timers
  • Thank you MCT Community!
    (acronyms listed at the end of the article) Today was the 2021 Scottish Summit, a great example of what the community can do and next week it’s Microsoft Ignite where we will be celebrating certificated professionals.  So it seemed a great time to put out this blog about what Microsoft Certified Trainer community means to … Continue reading Thank you MCT Community!
  • Modern Admin or an Imposter?
    I’ve been thinking about this blog for a while. It’s a bit different and has been quite difficult to write. I hope by sharing this, I can thank those who have held up the mirrors which have helped me appreciate my own skills fully and that it will help someone else on an upskilling journey.
  • Microsoft Teams Break Out Rooms – Some Early Observations
    With the launch of breakout rooms for adhoc and scheduled Team meetings, many people are celebrating and it is a much requested feature, but how does it work. Microsoft have released a couple of great articles so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and write a full guide myself, but I would like to share my early observations.
  • Make Fun of Virtual Meeting Fatigue
    Are you sick of virtual meetings and training courses yet? To be honest, I’m not. However I have been looking for ways to ring some changes. It does get dull, always hearing (and saying) the same old phrases, so I’ve made myself some flashcards. And I gift them to you here – enjoy!
  • Using the Learn Community in the Tech Community
    The new Microsoft Learning community in the Tech Community is live along with the new blog. The tech community is quite simple to navigate but I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few tips. Thanks to my fellow MCTs for their help with these too, especially Julian Sharpe, Denise McLaughlin and Rolf McLaughlin. … Continue reading Using the Learn Community in the Tech Community
  • Extending the Feedback Form into PowerBI
    A little while back I wrote a blog on my training feedback form and the flow I had built to send delegates the useful links. See Well today I have built a PowerBI report from the SharePoint list which stores the feedback data. I will write a more detailed blog, but am so proud … Continue reading Extending the Feedback Form into PowerBI
  • External & Guest Communication in MS Teams
    Using Microsoft Teams with internal and external people, it can be a challenge to determine which features we can use with whom.
  • Using OBS and Stream Deck for Virtual Training
    By combining OBS Studio and Stream Deck for Mobile, I’ve built some useful set ups that are helping me with virtual training delivery that I wanted to share with fellow MCTs as well as anyone else delivering webinars and virtual training/teaching.
  • Farewell Teamwork Administration Qualification
    Microsoft are retiring Teamwork Administrator certificate (exams MS-300 & MS-301). The announcement points people to the Teams Administrator (exam MS-700) instead. Having done both the Teams and Teamwork qualifications and with most of my training delivery focused on SharePoint and Teams, this concerns me concerns me on a number of levels.
  • Copy Your Stream Deck Mobile to a New Mobile Device
    After I set up Stream Deck Mobile on my phone, I decided it would be better on my tablet. I was worried I’d have to set it all up again, but actually it was really simple to copy the config from one device to another.
  • Virtual Training – Elgato Stream Deck Mobile
    Trainer/Teachers, do you need a scene switcher? Consider the mobile app version of Stream Deck. Here’s how I set it up for testing.
  • Green Screen, Teams and OBS Studio
    How I got up and running using a green screen, OBS Studio and Microsoft Teams to give a more professional video in training sessions. #mctbuzz #MicrosoftTeams #OBSStudio
  • Microsoft Exam Scores
    As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, I take a lot of exams and like to share my successes when I pass. No, I don’t pass every one I take and no-one should expect to. As long as you learn from your less successful scores then the experience was worthwhile in my book. I recently shared this … Continue reading Microsoft Exam Scores
  • Addicted to Devices
    Ok, I admit it – I love gadgets and if only I didn’t have the restraints of Hubby and finances, I’d be even more of an addict! However as the tech world in general seems to be falling out of love with the Apple devices that were the hottest thing not that long ago and … Continue reading Addicted to Devices
  • What makes a ‘good’ training course?
    As a trainer, I often hear tales of courses people have attended previously. Sometimes they sound like a lot of fun and really useful learning experiences. However other courses give training a bad name. So what makes a good training course? It really depends on your role in the course, as we all want something … Continue reading What makes a ‘good’ training course?

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