WPC Post 1 of 3 --- The Pre-Event Activities

image In just a few days the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference kicks off in Washington, DC. By now you probably know that you are going to be attending and you probably have a lot of the t’s crossed and i’s dotted. However, like most people you’ve likely been busy with the end of the month and end of the quarter activities. Microsoft just ended their Fiscal Year and we’ll hear more about what Satya Nadella and Phil Sorgen have to say about the direction of the Microsoft and the way forward for partners, respectively.

As you get ready to head off to DC for the week below is a very short and very quick list of things you might want to consider now … before you head out of the office. If you can think of other things please feel free to add them in the comments.

This is Part 1 of 3 for WPC activities. The links for the others will be posted below as they are ready. All of them will be posted this week with my goal being that you can use them to schedule your time effectively and show up and do The Right Stuff. I can’t possibly cover everything here. If you want to add something please do so in the comments on one of the Social Streams.

Quick Check List

  • imageBusiness Cards – If you need to re-order. Get it done today!
  • Logo Attire (you know what I mean)
  • Setup Connect Meetings (Use the WPC Connect tool) 
  • Your Schedule linked to your Outlook account
  • Confirm Flights, Hotels, Transportation
  • Bonus Points:
    • Bring casual clothes for the evening events. Logos are not required everywhere!
    • Only got time for One Day? Register for a One Day Pass!

For a more detailed list see my post 8 Tips for Trade Show Success.

Things to do in DC (at WPC at least) & Shameless Plugs

  • Sunday – Come to the First Time Attendee (FTA) session from 1-2pm (session number LS711) in room 206
    • We WILL get you to the FIFA finals on time
    • Julie Simpson, Jeff Hilton and Jeff Shuey (yours truly) will be discussing Tips & Tricks for FTA’s
  • Monday – Attend the Vision Keynote, Go to the IAMCP booth and introduce yourself.
  • Tuesday – Come to my sessions mid-day in the Microsoft Social Hub on the Expo Showfloor
    • These are designed to be fun and interactive. If you are an expert in these areas already come listen and jump in with your expertise. If you are new to Social Media or want to get another persons perspective (meaning my perspective) then please consider blocking this time on your calendar.
    • Tuesday 2-2:30 for Why Your LinkedIn Profile Matters (session number LS699) in the Social Hub on the Expo Floor
    • Tuesday 2:30-3 for You, Too, Can Write a Business Blog Post  (session number LS694) in the Social Hub on the Expo Floor
  • Wednesday – Attend the Vision Keynote and Attend the Partner Celebration (Get ready for Paramore and Neon Trees)
    • Go to the IAMCP Booth on the Expo Floor at 4pm – Meet with special guests from VFI, WIT, US IAMCP Board and Microsoft
  • Thursday – Attend your Country Breakout, Travel Safely back home, Do the Post-Event activities.


My Business Objectives

Yes, I have a day job too. As my WPC Connect profile says I am looking for System Integrators and ISV’s with SharePoint and/or SAP expertise. My company, Gimmal, helps Microsoft customers get to the cloud. We help them build governance and compliance solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure. We also work with Yammer, OneDrive for Business and Windows Mobile solutions. If you work with any of these products we should talk. I’m in the WPC Connect tool and my contact details are: Jeff.Shuey@gimmal.com or M: +1 425 922 8056

Not the Final Word

This is just a high level set of things for you to consider in the final week before the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. I hope they help you to have a fantastic and wildly successful WPC. I hope to see you in my sessions. I encourage you to say hello if you see me walking around the show floor or at the evening events. Who knows you might get a nice surprise.

See you in DC.

See all three posts here (when they are ready):

Image Credits: Microsoft


Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, K2 and currently he is the Director of Strategic Alliances atGimmal. Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+

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