December 2018 Content Wrap-Up

December 2018 Ivey League eventComing out of a very busy travel schedule in November, it was great to take it easy and stay home for the month of December. This was the first Christmas in the new house, and I spent some of my free time in the ongoing process of sorting through boxes (due to a quick home sale and move) in the office and garage. But it also allowed me to write some content, conduct a couple online events, participate in local user group holiday events, and put my feet up for a change. The photos are from two such events, with folks from Silicon Slopes, Kiln, and Ivey League. More travel and events coming up in Q1, but here is what I was able to create for December:

Past and Future Events

December 2018 Silicon Slopes eventI posted a few things from ESPC last month, conducted a panel vlog with additional takeaways from the event, and wrote about the upcoming SharePoint Conference coming up in May:

  • Speaking at SPCNA19 in Las Vegas [buckleyPLANET]
  • Navigating the Inner and Outer Loops – Effective Office 365 Communications [SlideShare]
  • Community Reporter Update #1 [ESPC blog]
  • #ESPC18 Community Reporter Takeaways live stream [Facebook]

Productivity Tips

Tom Duff (@duffbert) and I went head-to-head again with the latest installment in our productivity tips webinar series that we called “December Demolition.” Additionally, I added a few past event assets to the web:

  • Office 365 Productivity Tips “December Demolition” [buckleyPLANET]
  • Office 365 Productivity Tips “December Demolition” [CollabTalk Webinar]
  • Office 365 Productivity Tips — “December Demolition” [YouTube]
  • December Demolition live stream [Facebook]
  • More Productivity (and Mayhem) in Minneapolis [buckleyPLANET]
  • Office 365 Productivity Tips — Mayhem in Minneapolis, The Rematch [SlideShare]
  • Office 365 Productivity Tips – Mayhem in Minneapolis II [YouTube]

December 2018 CollabTalk TweetJam

December 2018 CollabTalk TweetJam statsThe end-of-year CollabTalk TweetJam continues to be one of the most popular tweetjams of the year, and 2018 was no exception. While I am no longer able to summarize each tweetjam using the now-defunct Twubs platform, I’m hoping to make time to organize a short best-of blog post after future tweetjams to share some of the best comments made by participants. Of course, it’s all still out there in the Twitterverse. Just search for #CollabTalk and a date range, and you’ll find the complete feed from every tweetjam going back to the start in January 2012.

  • Global participation in the December 2018 CollabTalk TweetJam2018 Takeaways and 2019 Predictions [buckleyPLANET]
  • Getting ready for the 2018 end-of-year #CollabTalk TweetJam via live stream [Facebook]


Yes, I occasionally write blog posts, too 🙂 but I’ve been focusing more and more on video and audio recordings, building out my podcast and vlog archives. Don’t worry — I’ll be writing much more in 2019. Probably.

  • New Microsoft Teams Adoption Guide [buckleyPLANET]
  • The Microsoft Teams Adoption Guide — great new resource for end users and managers [Chirp]

#MVPbuzzChat Interview Series with fellow Microsoft MVPs

Finally, I was able to conduct two more interviews with my fellow MVPs for my growing MVPbuzzChat series. If you enjoy this format and would like to get to know more of the MVP community, be sure to subscribe to the CollabTalk YouTube channel and/or the CollabTalk Podcast (which is also available through iTunes):

  • #MVPbuzzChat Episode 37 with April Dunnam [YouTube]
  • #MVPbuzzChat Episode 38 with Jussi Mori [YouTube]

Nick and Josh visits via SkypeAnd finally, December and the Christmas holiday means that we were able to chat with both of our missionaries via Skype. For those who don’t know, young missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are required to write home weekly (via email), but are able to video chat with their families twice a year: Christmas and Mother’s Day. Our son Nicholas has been out for a year and a half, serving in Sweden (currently just outside of Stockholm). Our youngest son Joshua left on his mission the first week in October, and after a few weeks in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Mexico City, he’s now serving in Córdoba Argentina. It was great to see and hear from both of them, and we’re incredibly proud of them! The next time we’ll all be together will likely be the holidays in November or December 2020.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks to all of my readers and followers, and I hope everyone had a great (and safe) New Year!

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.