Presentation from UK VMUG

Earlier this month (November 2012), I had the honor of presenting the closing keynote at the 2nd annual UK National VMUG user conference. I was thrilled to be able to support the worldwide VMUG community, and a number of attendees asked if I would make my presentation available. So, in addition to providing a copy of the deck to the VMUG leaders, I’m also publishing it here via SpeakerDeck.

This is, by and large, the same presentation that I’ve given in Indianapolis in late July and in Chicago in late September. It’s been well-received in all three conferences, and I’m really thankful that some of the thoughts or ideas I shared in this presentation have proven helpful to others.

I do have one request: I’d appreciate any feedback from readers as to the use of SpeakerDeck instead of Slideshare. Is there one you like better than the other? I know that some of my EMC colleagues can’t see the presentations from Slideshare, and I don’t know if using SpeakerDeck helps fix that problem. In any case, let me know which format seems to work best for you, and that’s the format I’ll use moving forward. Thanks!

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  1. Mike Laverick’s avatar


    I really enjoyed your presentation last week. There’s something about just having text on powerpoints that makes you focus on the presenter – because there’s isn’t distracting fluff on the slide…

    With that said, I think your preso would be enhanced by some visuals. The part where that really stood out for me was the QTools (Slide 11). With something like this I was really think in my minds of the prism, razor, a generator – and I was thinking rather than a bulleted list – you could have one slide per Q-Tool – and simple have the image without the text… I know its a bit “Steve Jobs” but with something like this – where its high-level and its just a concept your getting across (rather than dense tech detail) it might leave a strong impression…

    Oh, and there was this article which I thought might be of interest – its about a guy who learns language of an obscure african group…

  2. Paul’s avatar

    A straight PDF or ODF download would be far preferable to both Slideshare & SpeakerDeck, IMO.

    SpeakerDeck seems to play nicer with NoScript for me; one temporary rule to allow their top-level domain, and it works without fuss.

  3. Dennis Faucher’s avatar

    Great “outside the box” presentation for a VMUG audience. I am sure they either appreciated it for its uniqueness or were upset because they were looking for a presentation on v[Something]. The only drawback to this presentation method is that I could not get the URLs to work nor was I able to copy and paste them as text.


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