Tag Archives: Demo

How to conduct simultaneous Remote and Local Training

Traditionally, training is either performed for remote audience or local audience. However, in recent times, I am getting frequent requests to deliver remote and local training simultaneously.

I recently conducted a large training program where we covered 2000+ people in just one day. Only 300 people present in the room, rest on Skype for Business, across 6 countries! I learnt many best practices during this session. Here are the best practices.

Remote and Local Training

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Use hand-held microphone – without using hands!

Microphone is always the constant companion for a demo warrior. When you are on stage, everything can and will go wrong. Lapel (collar) microphone did not work. Hand-held microphone was available, but no stand available to hold it. I cannot hold it in my hand, because I am always showing lots of demos. I need both my hands for handling the keyboard, mouse, stylus and touch!

Here is the solution. It works Smile

How to use microphone without a stand

Practical considerations for using the microphone

The mug (or similar object) should be heavy enough. Otherwise it topples with the weight of the microphone. Secondly, the mic comes in the way of you handling the keyboard. It requires few minutes to get used to it. Finally, it is good to put some paper or some other padding around the mic so that it does not move (not shown in the photo).  I have got used to all these things now. So it is my standard operating procedure whenever a hand-held mic is handed over to me.

The show must go on.

How to generate random data based upon known percentage distribution using Excel

Let us say I want to create sample data for my analytics class for a customer. I dont have access to the actual customer data. But I want the data to look familiar to the participants. I want to use the names of their products in sample data containing 1000 rows. I could use Randbetween() with Vlookup but that gives me almost equal distribution for all products. I want to make the data look realistic. I want to use the market share values of their products to generate the sample data. Here is how you do it. 3.5 minute video.

How to deliver high-impact demos: Knowledge Pack

Cloud and water mixed animation using transparency with video - illustration for how to deliver high-impact demos knowledge pack

Here is a list of articles I have written about delivering great and high-impact demos.

  1. How to deliver high-impact demos – Part 1
    Talks about the concepts, creating sample files selection and presentation approaches.
  2. How to deliver high-impact demos – Part 2
    Explains the tools and techniques, using the right language, customizing the content to user needs and converting features to business value.
  3. How to deliver high-impact demos – Part 3
    Covers AV technical aspects, common causes of failures and how to manage them and presenter view.
  4. Using Zoom effectively
    1. High Impact Demos : Use Zoom
    2. PowerPoint 2013: How to use Zoom to show details
    3. More about Zoom
    4. What did I learn today: Great feature in Windows Magnifier
    5. Windows Magnifier (Zoom) and Surface Pro
    6. The amazing ZoomIt utility

Enjoy.

What did I learn today: Clear Outlook Categories (For Demo Warriors)

This article is relevant for people who conduct demos or training on Outlook. During demos we create custom color Outlook Categories. These categories remain customized for the next demo as well.

Ideally I would want the categories to have default names (Red Category, Blue Category and so on). How to clean all of them quickly just before the demo? Simple.

Start Outlook with the Startup Switch /cleancategories

<office installation path>outlook.exe /cleancategories.

This DOES NOT remove custom categories which have already been applied to Outlook items like mails, appointments or tasks. These have to be removed separately. But it does remove the custom descriptions. Now the category dialog looks like this.

Clear Outlook categories

Here are many more Outlook related articles.