January 2023 Content Wrap-Up

Another month, another collection of blog posts, videos, and social media adventures! For my first community event of the year, it was great to get back to the hinterlands of Minnesota and participate in the M365 Twin Cities (www.M365TC.com) event which took place at Hennepin Technical College, a new venue for the event. I also got to stay a few nights with my daughter and hang out with the grandkids, so that was an all-around amazing trip. In my productivity tips session with Tom Duff (@duffbert) we dusted off our gloves and once again went head-to-head with our tips. While Tom won the most votes in 5 rounds, I won 3 of the 5 rounds, thus winning the event. I still need to go back to the old spreadsheet and tally these latest stats and share with the world.

As you can read below, some work announcements are forthcoming, and some changes to my plans for this site. I’m continuing to pursue my goal of 2 years of daily posts (730 posts in 730 days) and have completed the 17-month mark. Going forward, some of the activities from this site will appear elsewhere. Read the blog below for details on that.

In February, I am headed to Florida for an RD event, and working with the TekkiGurus team to launch our new site. If any of you write/speak on Microsoft technologies and I have NOT reached out to you about writing for TekkiGurus, please DM me.

With that, here is what was created in January:

A tweetjam, a PPT deck, and a blog post

For the January CollabTalk TweetJam, our focus was on community-building and the new Teams free version, or Communities in Teams. Also in this section are the deck from my session with Tom in Minneapolis, and a straggler blog post on sentiment analysis.

  • Community Conversation About Community Building [buckleyPLANET]
  • M365 Productivity Tips “Melee in Minneapolis” [SlideShare]
  • How Important is Sentiment Analysis? [buckleyPLANET]

Podcast episodes

The podcast continues to roll forth, with monthly discussions with Sean McDonough (@spmcdonough) and Geoff Varosky (@gvaro) on community news and calendar items, and with Norm Young (@stormin_30) on insights and analytics topics within the Microsoft ecosystem. I also interviewed BlueMargin CTO Jon Thompson to talk about the importance of being a data-driven company, and how to become one.

  • CollabTalk Podcast | Episode 68 with Sean McDonough and Geoff Varosky [blog | podcast]
  • CollabTalk Podcast | Episode 69 with Norm Young [blog | podcast]
  • CollabTalk Podcast | Episode 70 with Jon Thompson [blog | podcast]

MVP and RD interviews

Every Monday there is a new interview with a Microsoft MVP or RD. If you are a current or former MVP or RD and would like to participate in this series, please let me know. I’ve interviewed a couple rConnect members (former MVPs) and current Microsoft employees who were also MVPs. All are welcome!

Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) panel discussions

Still one of my favorite things — pulling questions from various online sites and community pages and sitting with other technology experts to share solutions. What I love about these is that we explore different perspectives, different possible causes, as well as several possible solutions for these community questions. If you’ve not watched the series, check them out!

  • Why can’t I see Planner as a List in the Teams app? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • How do I make corrections to my Microsoft 365 subscription? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • Can I limit what people see when I add them to a Teams channel? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • Why does the signature block disappear in Microsoft Word? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • What is the best method for creating an online signup sheet? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • Can multiple users on different PCs share one M365 account? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • Why can’t Teams users see my limited access files? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • Why do I still see tasks in ToDo when I assign them to others? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • What is the best way to handle Teams sprawl? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • What are the biggest adoption challenges in deploying M365? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • Can I get Teams notifications without an Exchange account? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • Can SharePoint automatically rename duplicate files when uploaded? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]
  • Why is the Share to Teams button missing in Outlook? #M365AMA [blog | YouTube]

Blatant self-promotion

As always, here are the posts that are all about me.

Music posts

Aaaaaaaand here are this past month’s music posts, which I typically push out on Saturday. This allows me to go through some of my own back catalog and share favorite articles and sometimes lessor-known deep tracks.

That’s it for January. Lots happening in February, so keep watching this space!

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 (https://rencore.com/), 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.

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