The 10% Rule to Presentations

March 24, 2016 · 1 min read
When mentoring new technical speakers, I like to cite what I call "the 10% rule". Think about it like this: If you are presenting on a 100-level topics (for example, "Intro to Angular" or "Building

Managing Your User Group: Food

October 13, 2015 · 1 min read
Edit: Based off some comments, I've included options for non-lovers of meat. Also added other comments. For a lot of user groups, food depends highly on the sponsor for the month. Let's keep this

Enable SignalR Logging with One Simple Line

August 28, 2015 · 1 min read
It is easy to think that SignalR works within a black box, but if you are deploying JavaScript clients, here is an EASY trick to learning what is happening underneath the scenes. Before you start

SignalR Transports Explained

August 17, 2015 · 3 min read
When I sit down to talk to people about SignalR, a common discussion we have is around transports and what the difference between them are. While SignalR gives you the flexibility to choose your own

Banks, ATMS, and Horrible User Experiences

August 3, 2015 · 2 min read
Note: I'm pretty much going to rant about a bank experience I had. Lessons aren't obvious, but if you're designing something that's pretty dang important... make sure you have failsafes built-in.

Paying Attention

July 23, 2015 · 1 min read
Last week I did a training gig for a great group of folks out on the west coast. I worked from the comfort of my home office, and presented all the material remotely. The spec for training was

Managing Your User Group: Locations

July 2, 2015 · 4 min read
A common misconception a lot of new user group leaders have is that they need the perfect location for their user group. While that thought is partially correct, there are a lot of things to

How I'm Beating Email Addiction

May 21, 2015 · 3 min read
Today, I really want to talk about email, because I see people everywhere having the same issue with email that I had. I used to be REALLY addicted to email. When I use to wake up in the morning,

No matter what you do: add value

May 14, 2015 · 1 min read
Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting with a gentleman about a potential mentoring gig. The way I like to approach these sort of talks is to determine high level goals. In this case, the client

Managing Your User Group: Calendar Roulette

March 6, 2015 · 1 min read
One trait of successful user groups is don't play calendar roulette. Meaning: they chose a time or day each month to hold the group meeting. We meet every 2nd Tuesday. or We are the last
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