Sharing Slides from ESPC16

After 3 weeks on the road, I am feeling the jet lag. I started my adventures by driving up to Seattle (just over 850 miles) to organize my 7th and final SharePoint Saturday Redmond event on Microsoft campus. I then stayed with my sister Michal for a week, working from campus a couple times – but mostly sitting in her basement staring at my Surface Pro – until attending the annual MVP Summit. And then I drove the 850 miles home, stayed for less than 17 hours, and caught a flight to Vienna, Austria for the European SharePoint Conference. Thankfully, with Thanksgiving happening this week, I’ll have a couple days to catch up on sleep….except for the 18 family members coming over on Thursday.

But before I wander away into the holiday (and sleep), I thought I’d share links to my three sessions at ESP16.

My first session was the Day 2 keynote, which I did with Benjamin Niaulin (@bniaulin) on the topic of finding the right cultural fit for your collaboration technology. Ben and I work well together, and have a similar energy on stage. We had some excellent feedback, and we had fun. Always a great combo. You can see our slides here:

Following our keynote, I then joined Jussi Mori (@jussimori) for our favorite joint topic: gamification. Jussi had this idea of incorporating zombies into our deck, and we had some fun with that. Jussi and I have both talked about and written about this topic for several years, and so we were able to move through some heavy material fairly quickly – and hopefully people left with a better idea of how they could leverage these tools and methodologies to improve end user engagement.

And finally, on the last day of the event, I was able to present on one of my favorite topics: networking science, and how the traditional views of how small teams collaborate do not usually extend to large enterprises, and why. I find the topic of network brokering fascinating, and tried – during the very short 1-hour schedule – to share my thoughts on how an understanding of small and large team dynamics can help organizations better leverage the many tools that we have at our fingertips to improve company-wide collaboration. I’m sure I’ll expand on this idea in a blog at some point, because that’s what I do.

To be honest, the slides don’t do this topic justice – you lose a lot without the stories and context, but hopefully you’ll find them interesting enough to follow me on Twitter (@buckleyplanet) or read my other posts on this site from time to time.

Ok, short post – time for sleep. More tomorrow…

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.