tips and tricks to use during the conference itself. Now let's move on to networking.
Have your pitch materials ready.
These days, you'll want two basics: A business card (be absolutely sure to include a link to a personal website or LinkedIn profile) and an elevator speech. The elevator speech is your 15 to 20 second "pitch" on your skills, abilities, accomplishments, and background; the idea is to keep it short enough that you could give it during an elevator ride.
Network actively but sparingly.
Everyone you talk to is a potential network connection, but if you try to hand each person a business card and a sales pitch you’ll come off as needy. Find the people who you really have a potential connection with and invest more time and energy in setting the foundations for that relationship.
Spamming your business information across the convention floor will not help your reputation or bring you professional success. It’s not a numbers game: It’s people game. As such, you need to spend more time in dialogue and more time asking questions—and less marketing yourself directly.
Use the right networking strategies.
Not many will have a specific value proposition and use-oriented print materials. The people who set of booths, however, have that sort of communication in mind—so you should certainly step over to the booths when you get the chance.
Plan to use the conference as a social media opportunity.
Beyond simply leveraging the conference itself, though, it's important that you keep your social media profiles active so that anyone who scouts you through those online pathways will see that you're an active user. If you're not an active user on Twitter, Facebook, or other outlets, simply don't provide your username on your business card, LinkedIn profile, or other professional hubs.
By following these simple tips, you can get far more networking done and get far more value out of it. The SharePoint community is strongly social and very bright, but it's often comprised of introverts—so having a networking strategy can only help.
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The event itself will take place in the Las Vegas Venetian (one of the high-class hotels found on the strip) from March 3rd to March 6th of next year. As soon as the SharePoint conference was announced, the community started buzzing about it. The 2012 conference of the same name was wildly successful and it's anticipated that the 2014 version will be no less spectacular.
To find out more about the conference or to register directly, you can visit the official website for the event. Event passes range from $150 to $1,995 depending on what sort of access and duration you're looking for. As noted in Microsoft's promotional email, "This is your chance to get an all-access pass to everything that the conference has to offer, from the best sessions to the latest and greatest technology, to unbeatable access to Microsoft pros and industry experts."
The conference itself is meant to be a "total experience" for improving your understanding, abilities, and connections within SharePoint. Hot topics for the convention include the SharePoint-Yammer breakout session, the Microsoft technology showcase, and the hands-on labs that let you work directly with Microsoft professionals.
"The content is designed and created specifically for our three SharePoint audiences, IT Professionals, Developers, and Executives," noted Microsoft, and they offer "a complete collection of tracks and topics for each audience." With so many Microsoft innovations in the time since the last conference, there's certain to be a great deal to explore at this event. We hope to see you there!
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1) Microsoft is introducing an improved release cycle.
2) The FAST search is now a built-in.
3) SharePoint 2013 Is Microsoft's Enterprise Social Platform
4) Geolocation can be added as a field.
5) The guest link feature gives new sharing opportunities.
6) PHP can now be used directly for SharePoint functionality.
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As a desktop app, the new version of SkyDrive (available specifically for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012) functions as a standalone application that gives SharePoint 2013 users the opportunity to sync their files to the machine. The obvious use is to allow for offline access to important files or to sync to a device that won't have web access so mobile productivity can be enhanced. Office 365 files can also be synchronized to the local system.
Once the update is installed, it shouldn't require a SharePoint consulting firm to tell you how to synchronize: Simply push the new "sync" button found in the upper-right of the SkyDrive Pro library.
For some users, this version of SkyDrive won't offer any additional features. Specifically, if you were already using Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office Professional Plus 2013, or Office 365 Pro Plus, you were able to accomplish all the synchronization contained in this SkyDrive update. However, for everyone else, this SkyDrive iteration offers great new functionality.
Not all users will need to synchronize their files for offline usage, but many benefit from this practice even if it's only an additional precaution in case internet access is lost. SharePoint consulting services can help bring you up to speed on the best practices for cloud-based and offline data storage.
While automatic updates should give you the new version of SkyDrive, those who don't regularly update may not yet have heard about the new release. The announcement itself was made only through the Microsoft blog and came with little fanfare.
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