Northwest Train Trip

 Well I did it. 58 hours on a train from Indianapolis to Seattle. So I can scratch that off the bucket list. It is amazing to think this is how we traveled before airplanes only 60-70- years ago. I was able to go through Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho which were states I had never visited. So I only have 8 states left on my list. I did promise some of my students pictures, so here they are the photos that came out pretty decent. It is a little difficult to take pictures on a speeding train.

Train Trip to Seattle

So I was planing my trip to the MCT Summit which is in Bellevue, Washington from March 28 -30, 2017. I was originally going to fly to Phoenix and speak at a SQL Saturday. But instead, I figured I would take the scenic route on a train trip through the Northwest. A little more relaxed journey and I get to see four states I have never visited.

MCT RL Summit 2016

mctrlSwitching gears, hotels, and summits. It looks like about 45 of the 100 MCT Regional Leads showed up to the summit this year. Always a great time to see my friends from around the world. I can’t believe they seriously make fun of my Indiana accent. So far we have discussed the new streamlined certifications which I have blogged about previously. We have also talked about the 27 new courses coming out for Windows Server 2016,  SQL Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016. I am going to be very busy reading all those books and gearing up to deliver those classes. But I look forward to an exciting and challenging 2017 teaching my favorite topics.

MCT Day – Atlanta 2016

14433125_1264609860223934_5100013779758901729_n What a fun, educational, and entertaining MCT Day. I arrived at the Embassy Suites a few hours early to help set up the projectors and other tech stuff (moving tables). It was so great to see all my old friends and meeting some new friends. The session with Larry Kaye on the future of Microsoft Certifications should have been in a bigger room as it was probably the most packed session of the day. I missed the session on Flipped Classrooms as Tiago Costa and myself were delivering our session on planning events. Overall, it was an exciting day. The after party at Top Golf was top notch and an even greater time hanging out with all my MCT friends. It definitely was an awesome start to Microsoft Ignite week.

MCT Summit

1mctPartyWhat another great week getting together with my fellow MCTs. The first three days were spent picking up presentations tips and tricks. There were also many sessions covering a variety of technical skills (Including of course my two sessions on SQL Server coding.) The last two days was for the Regional Lead Summit which also had a great turn out. I am so excited about the upcoming year for not only the MCT community, but also everything that will be occurring for the Microsoft Certification Program. If you missed it or just want to see a group of highly dedicated professionals here is the MCT Summit in Pictures.

Speaking at the MCT Summit

mctsummit3Once again I am fortunate enough to be speaking at the MCT Summit. I will have two sessions, the first is on Monday at 12:45pm. This session will be focusing on SQL Server Data Types. The differences between character data types, working with implicit vs. explicit conversions, and using conversion functions. Be sure not to miss it. As always,  I have uploaded my presentation here. Some helpful links.

One Month until MCT Summit

seattle-town2logoMCT events are your best opportunity to interact with your peers. Come learn a new technical skill, how to teach a specific course or technology, or how to become a better trainer.

Please join us Monday – Wednesday 28-30 September in Bellevue, WA for the fifth annual community-driven North America MCT summit. This year’s summit is a collaborative effort between the summit planning team and Microsoft Learning (LeX).

The theme of this year’s event is “More”: We have more of everything planned:  More sessions, more interaction with LeX team members, more social events, and more surprises. This is a great opportunity to learn about the future of the MCT program, express your opinions (and offer constructive suggestions) to the LeX team members. This is your community. Come be a part of it!

North America MCT Summit

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Why are all these MCTs so happy? They know that registration for the North American MCT Summit 2015 is Live! Register Now! to reserve your space. Early-bird pricing has been extended to August 15th.

MCT events are your best opportunity to interact with your peers. Come learn a new technical skill, how to teach a specific course or technology, or how to become a better trainer. Please join us Monday – Wednesday 28-30 September in Bellevue, WA for the fifth annual community-driven North America MCT summit. This year’s summit is a collaborative effort between the summit planning team and Microsoft Learning (LeX).

The theme of this year’s event is “More”: We have more of everything planned:  More sessions, more interaction with LeX team members, more social events, and more surprises. Tell your bosses, find the time. This is a great opportunity to learn about the future of the MCT program, express your opinions (and offer constructive suggestions) to the LeX team members. This is your community. Come be a part of it!

MCT Ambassadors

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Very honored to be chosen as an MCT Ambassadors at Microsoft Ignite 2015.  What is an MCT Ambassador? They are a group of experienced IT pros and developers who have built their careers and businesses around learning, teaching, and consulting on various Microsoft (and other) technologies. As Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT), they actively train technologists from around the world in classrooms or online. During Microsoft Ignite week, you will have access to their brains and expertise when you visit Certification Central or our booth, for FREE! In addition, many of them will be leading the exam prep sessions to help you ace your exams onsite.