Day 29 – And the Crowd Goes Wild

I did my two presentations today, after much preparation both yesterday and on the weekend to get everything polished and all the tools ready in place to go.

I have to make a small correction on tools; CamStudio looked like a decent option, but it is incredibly tricky to set up so that it captures both the microphone and the system sound.

I can really recommend Microsoft Expression Encoder 4; there is a Pro edition, but I believe due to its cancellation the free download is now the full Pro version. Regardless, very much worth a try, because it is incredibly easy to use and integrates amazingly well with Windows. If you’re on Mac looking for free tools, obviously you came to the wrong blog 😉

Other than a mad scramble this morning to get all the tools sorted, the sessions themselves were very successful. I did 10 minutes on how to present a 10-minute session (I love the meta), and another 10 minutes on basic operation of Confluence. Out of 35 invitees, at least 20+ showed up for the session and a number sent apologies requesting whether I could record the session and distribute. It always feels good when it turns out that I’ve managed to plan beyond people’s expectations.

There was a lot of enthusiasm afterward, and there are many more job-specific topics to get through. I think it has managed to set the right tone to easily keep this rolling though. And future sessions should not need nearly as much of my time to keep moving.

All in all, a good conclusion to this particular quest.

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