In remembrance of René Kammer, a beloved MCT who left us this year. His presence and contributions to our community are deeply missed.
Ever wondered what goes down when Europe’s Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) come together?
Well, it’s the MCT Summit Europe — a gathering packed with talks to upskill, networking opportunities, and a chance to finesse your presentation game.
Lucky me, I was there in The Hague, and now I’m spilling the details on three action-packed days.
Get ready for the inside scoop on the MCT Summit experience! 🚀
The MCT Summit Europe 2024 began on a delightful note with a Welcoming Dinner on January 14th, and let me tell you—it set the perfect tone for the entire event. Picture this unique experience: cruising through the charming streets of The Hague aboard the Hoftramm, a tram transformed into a mobile restaurant.
The evening aboard the Hoftramm was more than just a dinner; it was an opportunity to connect with the vibrant community of Microsoft Certified Trainers.
Speaker: Koenraad Haedens
Summary : During the keynote, a poignant moment occurred as the audience paid tribute to Rene Kammer, an MCT who passed away in 2023. This heartfelt homage underscored the profound sense of community within the MCT family and the strong bonds that unite them. Then, Koenraad kicked off the MCT Summit Europe 2024 with exciting updates on the MCT program. The highlights include:
Following these program updates, Koenraad let us know about promising developments for MCTs and their students that I can’t disclose yet.
Another significant revelation was the introduction of the MCT Lounge this year, an interactive interface facilitating communication and information exchange among MCTs. This platform promises to be a valuable resource for fostering collaboration and keeping MCTs well-informed.
Speaker : Gary Grudzinskas
Summary : Gary led an enlightening session on harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to generate compelling training content. The journey unfolded as follows:
AI-Driven Research and Outline Creation:
Detailed Content Development:
Reflection on Training Profession:
This session highlighted the transformative potential of AI in streamlining the course creation process and shed light on the delicate nature of the training profession.
Speaker : Julian Sharp
Summary : Julian delivered a captivating session, fostering interaction and insight into the future of Instructor-Led Training (ILT). The session encompassed various topics, engaging the audience in meaningful discussions:
MCT Achievements and Revenue Poll:
Evolution of Microsoft Courses:
Impact of Interfaces like Microsoft Learn and Applied Skills on Certifications:
Engagement in SME Programs:
Content Creation Beyond Traditional Platforms:
Speaker : Sasha Kranjac
Summary : Sasha shared great insights in a session focused on the key do’s and don’ts for crafting successful presentations. Here are the 5 do’s and 5 don’ts that Sasha highlighted:
Carefully Choose Pictures:
Opt for Proper Fonts and Font Size:
Ideal Presentation Duration:
Keep Audience Informed:
Chunk Information into Categories:
Beware of Translations:
Be Mindful of Hand Gestures:
Watch for Typos:
Return Microphone Post-Presentation:
Avoid Overloading Slides with Text:
Utilize Slide Sections in PowerPoint:
Rehearse Timings in PowerPoint:
Record Your Demos:
Leverage Tools like Copilot, Designer, and Generative Pre-trained Transformer:
In a dynamic session, Patrick and Sjon delved into the application of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools to enhance the role of MCTs. Key highlights from the session include:
Understanding ChatGPT Prompts:
Advancements with ChatGPT 4:
Education Use Cases:
Focus on Interactive Learning:
Building a Custom Mentor ChatGPT:
Integration of Copilot in Teams:
Speaker : Gerjon Kunst & Madelon Nonkes
In the final session of the day, Gerjon and Madelon shared invaluable tips on making training sessions more engaging and impactful. Here’s a breakdown of their insights:
Invitation to the Event:
Slide Design and Content Complexity:
Introduction and Connection:
Captivating Course Start:
Physical Movement and Interactions:
Daily Self-Evaluation and Feedback:
Speaker: Jeff Wouters
In a crucial session focused on mental well-being, Jeff addressed the vital topic of recognizing and preventing burnout. The session unfolded with an insightful exploration of burnout symptoms:
Moving forward, Jeff provided a strategic approach to address and prevent burnout, emphasizing the following steps:
Speaker: Rick Kerssens
In an insightful session led by Rick, participants delved into the dynamics of group interaction, understanding the transactional analysis framework and strategies to shape the desired group environment.
Transactional Analysis Overview:
Group Dynamics and Group Selection:
Roles in Group Interaction:
Importance of Non-Verbal Communication:
Strategies for Group Selection:
Shaping Intention and Behavior:
Speaker: Erwin Derksen
Here are key insights and tips from the session:
The Three Pillars of Presentation:
Powerful Presentation Start:
Slide Design Principles:
Skip the Commercials:
Speaker: Lotte Proot
In a captivating keynote, Lotte shared the secrets of creating compelling and clear drawings and diagrams, even for those who consider themselves less artistically inclined. With a duration of 50 minutes, the session turned out to be a delightful surprise for individuals who may not consider themselves skilled drawers. Lotte demonstrated how simple shapes can be utilized to craft aesthetically pleasing, straightforward, and effective visual representations.
The session was not just informative but also a fun and interactive experience, breaking down the barriers for those who may have felt intimidated by the prospect of drawing. By the end of the keynote, participants discovered that creating visually appealing sketches and diagrams is not only achievable but also an enjoyable endeavor. Lotte Proot’s keynote left the audience inspired and equipped with newfound confidence in expressing ideas visually.
Speaker: Elias Markelis
Elias delivered an intensive and detailed session on efficiently teaching students PowerShell within the span of an hour. The session provided an in-depth exploration of various key aspects, including:
Elias Markelis not only shared theoretical insights but also provided practical application through labs accessible on GitHub. This resource serves as a valuable hands-on tool for students to reinforce their understanding of PowerShell concepts.
Speaker: Andy Malone
In a session tailored for aspiring YouTubers, Andy shared invaluable insights on transitioning from being an MCT to building a successful YouTube channel. The talk encompassed essential aspects for channel growth and audience engagement:
Key Attributes: Patience, Perseverance, and Consistency:
Tools and Equipment:
Content Improvement and Viewer Engagement:
Building a Sustainable YouTube Career:
Andy’s session provided a roadmap for MCTs venturing into the realm of YouTube, offering practical advice on content creation, audience engagement, and monetization strategies. The session served as a valuable resource for those looking to take their content creation journey to the next level and build a successful presence on the YouTube platform.
Speaker: Sasha Kranjac
In a captivating session, Sasha delved into the intricate dynamics of communication, shedding light on the complexities beyond mere verbal exchanges. The session provided a comprehensive understanding of the various layers involved in interpersonal communication:
Six Perspectives in Two-Person Communication:
Mastering the Art of Listening:
Speaker: Sara Fennah
In an empowering session, Sara unveiled her secret success formula for securing speaking engagements at Microsoft Tech Community events. The talk provided a step-by-step guide and valuable insights into navigating the event speaking landscape:
Finding Events to Apply to:
Crafting Compelling Session Abstracts:
Choosing Session Topics:
Examples of Submission Forms:
Importance of Personal Branding:
Dealing with Rejection:
Speaker: Sami Laiho
Sami provided a comprehensive look at the evolving security threat landscape, reflecting on changes observed in 2023 and offering predictions for the future.
Common Attack Targets:
Security’s Primary Goal: Slowdown vs. Protection:
Next-Level Threats with AI:
Sami Laiho also shared a set of crucial recommendations to enhance cybersecurity measures:
Speaker: Sara Fennah
In an open and insightful discussion around the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Program, MCTs who also hold the prestigious title of MVP or Regional Director shared their experiences, shedding light on the implications, expectations, selection process, and both the rewarding and challenging aspects of being part of the MVP community.
Dual Role as MCTs and MVPs:
Expectations and Workload:
Likes and Dislikes:
Speaker: Wim Matthyssen
Wim Matthyssen delivered an in-depth demonstration of the Azure Bastion service. The presentation covered various aspects of Azure Bastion, showcasing its capabilities and providing practical insights into deployment, configuration, security troubleshooting, and the latest features.
Check Wim’s Github for interesting scripts related to Azure Bastion.
Speaker: Julian Sharp
Julian’s session, “New Microsoft Certified Trainer: What Do I Do Now?” served as a comprehensive guide for recently certified trainers, offering valuable insights into the various interfaces available to Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) and providing guidance on navigating the responsibilities and opportunities that come with the role.
Overview of MCT Interfaces:
Benefits of Being an MCT:
Adherence to Rules and Guidelines:
Finding Training Opportunities:
MCT Renewal Process:
Speaker: Marc Michault
Marc shared his wealth of experience concerning the contracts that bind Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) to training partners. The session delved into crucial aspects defining contracts, the various agreements involved, client contracts, and the nuanced differences existing between countries.
Contract Definition and Parameters:
Overview of Different Agreements:
MCT Summit Europe 2024 was an unforgettable experience filled with high-quality talks, ranging from technical deep-dives to invaluable soft skills insights. Connecting with passionate individuals highlighted the true sense of community.
A heartfelt thank you to the sponsors, speakers, and everyone involved for making this event exceptional. Looking forward to next year’s gathering!
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