Jake Ginnivan's blog

Microsoft Evangelism Academy

I am a little late blogging about this, by last month I attended the inaugural Microsoft Evangelism Academy (#EvangelOz) which was organised by Andrew Coates (@coatsy) and Sarah Vaughan (@sarahvaughan) at Microsoft DPE. The goal of this program is to take 8 of us to the next level with our presenting! It started with 3 days of coaching, it will continue until August 2011 and will include:

  • Monthly conference calls
  • Monthly 1 on 1 catchup over the phone with a mentor
  • 1 day of group training in Melbourne every 2-3 months
  • Talk at UserGroups, Conferences and whatever we can!

I was lucky enough to attend with:

Over the three days I made some new friends, and learnt a lot about the art of presenting. We covered many areas including Motion, Gestures, Eye Contact, Voice, Stance, Visuals, Content and much more.

I found the whole exercise quite challenging and have to say thanks to Steve Herzberg (@nrgsteve) and Melony Dos Remedios from NRG Solutions. They were great mentors, and I look forward to catching up with them again in February!

Hopefully I will post some video’s/pictures of the course over the few weeks, but in the meantime you can have a look at any of the others blog posts about EvangelOz =)