Workshop Review: What’s New in SharePoint Designer 2013, Presented by Mai Omar Desouki

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review3  Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Mai presented a session on what’s new in SharePoint Designer 2013. The bulk of content, however, was focused around workflows.

The problem with Mai’s presentation was that she seemed very nervous. She experienced several and major issues with her demonstrations and got caught off guard. This caused her to fall a bit apart and left long breaks in the presentation that she should have handled much better.

Mai is a new presenter so it’s not unexpected to see some nervousness. Add to that the demonstration problems, and this can become a nightmare that only seasoned presenters will be able to handle.

What really bums me out is that I know Mai has command of the topic. I’ve followed her work for several months and even worked directly with her a few weeks ago, so she clearly knows what she’s doing. A presentation like this does not convey that knowledge, though.

Because of the issues and ensuing uncertainty, the presentation came off as a bit unprofessional. Despite this, there were many useful bits of information and I can honestly say I learned several new things. Like I told Mai after the presentation, if she did not have the issues with the demonstrations, I would rate this presentation much higher.
I would like to see this presentation again at some point, though, without the technical issues that pulled this session down.

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Bjørn Furuknap
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Bjørn is a SharePointaholic, spending much of his time with exploring and teaching SharePoint. In addition, he works as a consultant, doing SharePoint development and solutions architecture.

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