Thursday, September 10, 2015

How to prepare your first Technical Presentation Part 3

Writing an Abstract

The third post covering how to create a session abstract.

Make It Grab Attention

In most large events you are bound to pick topics others also submitted.
So what makes yours so apart? Don’t let this haunt you but make sure your session stands out.
Try to hook readers with your first sentence a.k.a. bold statement. For example: "Stop wasting time doing it that way. My way is 50% faster".
They will be curious about it.

Who is Your Audience 

This has to be very clear. You will have a large audience and if they are expecting a lot of interactive stuff in let's say PowerShell consoles, they will not be happy when you only give a presentation in PowerPoint. So, whatever you do, make sure they know what they will get.

Stop Telling So Many Details

Instead of going through everything covered in the session you can:
1. State the issue.
2. Describe why it’s important or why they should care.
3. Tell them how you are going to solve this without  getting in details.
Watch out, you should not get into details BUT... be clear on how you’re solving the problem. For example, don’t say you are going to create this project to solve that problem.
Instead, say you create a project using specific tools to fix that problem. Avoid acronyms that aren’t obvious to every attendee.

Explain Where They Are Heading To

The abstract tells attendees what they will have learned after watching you talk. For example, you can say: “By the end of the session you will have learned how to create a project using POSH which does xyz”.
This gives attendees a clear idea of what they are getting by attending the session.

Let Others Read, Reread

If you are ready to submit your session to a major event, let someone review your abstract for common spelling mistakes/grammatical errors. Many sessions get a no go just because people had no time to check for easily avoidable mistakes.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UI for ETW - Windows Performance Made Easier

UI for ETW is a UI for recording ETW traces which beats WPRUI (part of the Windows Software Development Kit for Windows 8.1) on almost every front. Binary download is here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

UserEnvLogging in Windows Vista and higher

From Windows Vista, the GPO engine no longer records information in the UserEnv.log. Instead we use GPSVC logging.
Sadly, the resulting log file does not contain as much information as the UserEnv.log because all non GP related actions are not part of this log.
For those who want to have the same info as in UserEnvLogging, there is an option called Profile Logging.
To start logging (from a Command Prompt) type:
logman -start profile -p {eb7428f5-ab1f-4322-a4cc-1f1a9b2c5e98} 255 3 -ets
To stop logging (from a Command Prompt) type:
logman -stop profile -ets
You can view the ETL with a tool like SvcTraceViewer which is part of the Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK).

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Export list with performance counters to file

(Get-Counter -ListSet *).Paths | Out-File C:\Counters.txt -width 120

Thursday, February 12, 2015

How to prepare your first Technical Presentation Part 2

Coming Up With A Catchy Title

The second post covering how a title can make your presentation stand out.

No Tutti-Frutti Please

If you want people to come to your session, use a clear title, no I see all in pink descriptions. Trigger them by telling exactly what it will be about but in a unique way. Like for example: The PowerShell 4 Mythbuster or Hey dude? Where are my PFE tools?

Keep It Short

No paragraphs but a simple one-liner. Use working words like building, writing etc. Mixing this with what was said previously: Hey dude? Help me building my first PowerShell script!

Action Is Fun

Well that's an easy one. If you are saying that you are going to show us how to build a script.... we will get to see demo's right? :P Yes, not only PowerPoint slides but a chance to DO something. See how a good title works?