Microsoft is conducting a global, online conference using Teams as I am writing this article. It is a great way to learn how to not just work remotely, but deliver 100’s of sessions to 1000’s of people across the world remotely. Here is what I learnt – and what YOU can use to do the same!Continue reading Global Online Conference using Teams
We take notes during meetings – using paper, typing (PC / mobile) or ink (stylus). In either case, it is difficult to find those notes after some time. The solution – link notes to meetings. Find out how. Reading time 8 min.
This is probably the most common use case for Teams. Monthly review using Teams is easy to setup and manage. It gets everyone on board quickly and painlessly. This is NOT a tutorial on Teams. Some knowledge of using Teams is required to implement steps mentioned here. 10 min reading time.
Shortest possible blog article. Just remember and use the shortcut when there is a sudden disturbance (cough, phone ringing, etc.)
In a meeting with large number of participants, there are few speakers. Questions and comments by the audience are typically typed in the chat window. Speakers take a pause periodically to view the chat and look for questions worth answering. There will be lot of people posting stuff. The question is, how do you Differentiate yourself in SFB meeting chat?Often good questions or comments are missed by the presenters due to time pressure.
Differentiate yourself in SFB meeting chat
Solution is simple. Right click in the chat textbox and choose Font… Choose Purple color and increase the font size to 12 (default is 10). Why purple, because blue is usually reserved for hyperlinks. Red is not a good choice. Any other color which stands out is fine. I have found purple to be the best on light blue background which is default shading.
Now your comments will be more prominent – visually.
Do not make the font size too big, otherwise it will appear very rude.
A simple but effective way to Differentiate yourself in a SFB meeting!
You can also use emoticons if relevant. But a person scanning the chat text will not take emoticons seriously – because many people use emoticons just because they like using them.
You can also use the exclamation mark to attract attention.
Now your text is shown with the High Priority icon. No need to change font color or size. This is a one-time toggle. For next use, you have to click the icon again before sending text. DO NOT overuse it. If you do, people will ignore all exclamations!
Try it out and let me know if it works. Of course, these are not the only ways of standing out in a crowded chat. I have thought of and used these techniques. I am sure you also have your own ideas. I would love to learn from you. Please post your methods in the comments section.
More Skype for Business stuff
- SFB Mute Mic :Meeting Etiquette
- SFB audio joke – “Can you hear me?”
- SFB Mute Mic :Meeting Etiquette
- SFB Etiquette: Do not talk when you join a meeting
Skype for Business meetings are quite common nowadays. These meetings can go on for a long time and have many participants. Everyone is not speaking at all times. Most people are on mute. But what about the person who is speaking? While speaking, suddenly, there is a noisy interruption – cough, sneeze, someone barging in and talking loudly, phone ringing, etc. Most participants are using headphones. Imagine being sneezed right into your ear. Excruciatingly disgusting. So here is a shortcut you must remember Windows key and F4. It works even when Skype for Business is not the current application. It works irrespective of which application you are currently in – typically PowerPoint, Excel or whatever else. Practice pressing Windows + F4 several times to make it into an instant reflex action. This will prevent you from torturing the participants with unexpected loud sounds.
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If you mute and unmute too often, are you not worried about others hearing this muting sound? Do not worry. Other’s cannot hear the muting sound. It is just for you to hear so that you are sure that the Mute shortcut worked. Unmuting does not have a sound associated with it. Sometimes you may unmute and not realize that the mic is on. Avoid such a situation. How? If in doubt press Windows + F4 agian. If you were on mute, no sound will come. If your mic was ON, you will hear the mute sound. Now decide what you want to do
Another practical use for Windows + F4 is answering while on mute. When you ask a question to someone who is on mute, you will notice a significant delay before the answer comes. Why is that? Because the muted person may not have SFB as the active application. Alternatively, that person is viewing your presentation in full screen mode. In either case the Mic mute / unmute button is not immediately accessible. The delay in response is due to that person struggling to find the unmute button! Now, using Windows + F4 you can reply instantly.
Right click on any meeting request and choose Meeting Notes. It opens OneNote and adds a new page for capturing meeting notes. Surprisingly, it is not just a blank page. It contains lots of things. OneNote In Attendance Tag is one of these items. Let us find out how we can use it intelligently.
This is a new type of article. Impress your colleagues, boss, spouses, partners, soul mates, children by showing this impressive demo! I show you the steps and tell you what to speak
Before you start this demo, check the requirements
Office 2010 or Office 2013
OneNote and Outlook installed.
Outlook must have at least one mailbox configured.
Demo: Meeting notes
What you have to do is in black color. What you have to say is in blue color.
- Open Outlook calendar
- Click on any meeting
- How will you take notes for this meeting? Open a blank Word document and type meeting details all over again? Obviously not!
- Right click on the meeting, choose Meeting Notes
- If it asks what type of notes, Choose
- Now Outlook will ask you to choose the notebook in OneNote. Choose any one.
- A new page will be created with meeting name.
- Unlike Word, all the meeting details are automatically added. Did you expect that?
- Now type some random notes. One sentence should be “Action Point Demo”
- Let us say this is an action point which must be completed by tomorrow.
- Right click in that sentence and choose Outlook tasks – Tomorrow
- Now go to Outlook and open Tasks folder. Select Tasks. Not Follow up.
- Point to the task which was automatically created by OneNote.
- See – even before I finish the meeting, I already know my tasks.
- Pause for people to appreciate the integration
- Now when I mark this task as complete (mark the task as complete in Outlook) what do you expect?
- Your audience will say something like, the OneNote task should be updated
- DO NOT go to OneNote yet.
- This is an amazing example of how these OneNote and Outlook integrate with each other. Usually we would have received the Minutes of Meetings a day later and I would have forgotten to execute my action point on time. What happens then? Delays and fire fighting! Sounds familiar?
- One more thing – this was my own task. But what if I wanted to delegate task to someone? No problem, we could have chosen Custom task and Assigned it to someone else. That way I can still monitor the task and check for delays.
- Wait for some response from the audience
- Basically you have to spend at least 20 seconds before you return to OneNote
- Now go to OneNote and notice that the Task is already marked as complete
- That is OneNote for you. Use it next time you are in a meeting.
Practice this few times to perfect the demo.
Mark as task in OneNote – it reflects IMMEDIATELY in Outlook task folder.
The catch is – when you mark it as complete in Outlook, it takes around 20 seconds to refresh the OneNote task status. That is why you have to mark it as complete in Outlook and kill some time by talking some relevant stuff before you return to OneNote.
If you return to OneNote too soon, the task will not be shown as complete and the demo will fall flat