My first contract with Microsoft

I’ve been to the Microsoft campus a few times. I’ve gone for an authors and publishers briefing, MMIT training (during the week of 9/11 and decided to drive back home) and I was there earlier this year for a SharePoint conference, but this was the first time that I’ve ever been paid by Microsoft. I’d have to say that it was an outstanding experience!

I met Todd Baginski for the first time and as it turns out I had a lot of explaining to do. Todd asked me why I thought he’s full of crap. I was dumbfounded. I had no idea what he was talking about. He jogged my memory by referring to a blog post I made last month. Back peddling as deftly as I could I explained I felt the first post I read was aggressive and via my blog I was trying to communicate that he really pulled through by meeting his publicly stated goals. He bought that and instead of grabbing me by the face and dragging me around the campus, ultimately we became pretty good friends.  Really though, Todd is just a fun loving guy who doesn't take himself to seriously, even though he probably could given all the cool stuff he's done.

I also met Eli Robillard, who I’ve worked with in the past. He was a technical reviewer providing, Jason and I, feedback on our work. Everything was always via email, never even once speaking by phone, so it was fulfilling to meet the person behind the feedback. Eli is one of these easy going agreeable people who asserts him self in a positive way. He’s a very “Yes, and . . “ kind person rather than a “No, but . . .” person. I admire his blog quite a bit blog was a major influence for me doing mine. He co-ordinates a SharePoint user group. I gave this some thought in the past but I immediately discredited it because I thought it was too niche. But seeing the success in his makes me want to help put one together in my area. Maybe in the new year?

There were other people I worked with last week who are equally impressive as Eli and Todd, the whole experience was just outstanding and I really hope to do something like it again in the future.

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