I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be presenting two sessions at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities on November 3, 2012!

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities is one of the most popular SharePoint Saturday events in the world.  In April they broke their previous record with over 450 attendees.  Sarah Haase and the rest of the organizers do a stellar job putting this event together!

My first session is titled “SharePoint Site Usability and Design Tips for Non Designers” and will run from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm.

So your IT department has handed you a SharePoint site to administer for your team or project, but now what? How do you configure it? What types of content should you store there? How do you change the boring standard interface to something with a little more zing without involving a designer? How should your navigation be structured and what exactly do you put on the home page to draw traffic to your site? This class will walk through the basic steps that anyone constructing a website, regardless of platform, should take into consideration and how these concepts fit into the SharePoint world. Basic usability concepts will be introduced, along with some quick and easy branding tips that will make a big difference in the look and feel of your site, and you don’t need to have any design or coding skills to implement them. Whether you’ve been given a blank slate or inherited a site from someone else, you’ll come away with several ideas you can apply right away to improve the layout and design of your site, thus helping to increase user adoption. Many of the concepts in this class apply to any version of SharePoint, however all demos will be done in SharePoint 2010.

The second session will be a tag team presentation between myself and my dear friend, Kerri Abraham, that will close out the Information Worker track from 3:00-4:15 pm.  It is called “Empower the Power User“.

Kerri Abraham and Wendy Neal team up to deliver a comprehensive discussion on methods that can empower users while retaining control for IT and building valuable resources for the future.  Focusing on the need for documentation at every level of SharePoint development, these two ladies combine forces to share their experiences and their goals in helping power users reach their full potential.  Being blocked from SharePoint Designer throughout most of her SharePoint experience, Kerri shares her insight and bold opinions about how others may work to overcome the same restrictions in their work environment by documenting their work and building trust with IT.  Wendy Neal adds balance to Kerri’s opinions by showcasing how she has worked toward this end with the users she supports, using the same techniques Kerri outlines in the book chapter she wrote with the same name. Showcasing how OneNote can be used in combination with SharePoint content types within a library, Kerri and Wendy will outline how users can build a SharePoint ‘Rudder’ to guide ongoing learning and provide resources for future platform support.

SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint.  I hope to see you in Bloomington, MN on November 3rd!

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