Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Karl Palachuks SMB Online Conference starts in just a few hours – it’s not too late to register for it here. Ok – so it’s not in your timezone – that’s fine – Karl is giving all registered attendees, 12 months access to all the sessions, so you can review them in your own time as many times as you like. This is a 3 day event for a low price of only $399. I wish Karl all the best and can’t wait to review the sessions when I wake up tomorrow morning to see what I’ve missed
Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Long time buddy Karl Palachuk is up to some new and interesting ideas as always. His most recent adventure is to run his own 3 day conference. What’s that I hear you say? “Not another conference that I need to fly to and attend…” Well – this one is different. Karl is running an online conference that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own office. Kudos to Karl for thinking outside the box.
Here’s Karls official Press Release for you to read more.
Author Karl Palachuk to Host 3-Day Online Conference for Computer Consultants
Best-selling technology author Karl Palachuk announced that he will be holding a 3-day online conference for computer consultants in June 2012. The conference will focus on building successful business processes and will feature some of the best business and technology speakers in the U.S.
Sacramento, CA, February 15, 2012 – Best-selling technology author Karl Palachuk announced today that he will be holding a 3-day online conference for computer consultants in June. The conference will focus on building successful business processes and will feature some of the best business and technology speakers in the U.S.
The online conference – Managing for Success 2012 – is the first event of its kind targeting technology providers and computer consultants. The conference registration and information site is at www.smbonlineconference.com.
“We have a great line-up of speakers,” said Palachuk, “Including several international super stars from the worlds of marketing and technical innovation.”
Two of the keynote speakers are Stephanie Chandler and Patrick Schwerdtfeger. Chandler is the author of seven books, including Own Your Niche on the Internet and Beyond (Authority Publishing, 2012). Her Business Info Guide web site – www.BusinessInfoGuide.com – is an extremely popular destination for small business owners. Patrick Schwerdtfeger is an internally recognized authority on social media marketing and the author of several books, including Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley).
Other speakers include some of the most influential pioneers and opinion leaders in the world of technical consulting. But this is not a technology conference, says Palachuk. “This is a business focused conference for I.T. Professionals. We want to help computer consultants to be better business people, with a vision for the future and strategies for success.”
“That’s why we named the conference Managing for Success 2012,” he says. “Conference sessions will cover managing a business, marketing a business, creating standard operating procedures, building a strong team, and even buying up your competition.”
The conference is online only and will run 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on June 26-28, 2012. Attendees can choose to listen live or also have access to the recorded sessions. In all, the conference will broadcast eighteen hours of programming in three days.
The online format is new for this kind of conference, says Palachuk. “We’re well into the fourth year of a recession and the large national I.T. conferences just haven’t had the turnout they used to. People have smaller budgets. Consulting companies are stretched thin. So an online conference saves time, travel, and money. It also means we don’t have to charge as much since we’re not paying for hotel meeting rooms and catering.”
Palachuk will start each conference day with a presentation of the “theme of the day” and then provide a discussion of some standard operating procedures related to the theme of the day. Palachuk is a prolific blogger and is well known for his SOP Friday series at smallbizthoughts.com. The SOP Friday series picks one topic each week and explores the standard operating procedures that technology consultants might adopt.
To learn more about Managing for Success 2012, visit www.smbonlineconference.com.
About Karl Palachuk
Karl is an author, speaker, and trainer who focuses on helping computer consultants and I.T. Professionals improve their business practices. He is widely regarded as someone who provides click-by-click instructions on how to be a successful technology consultant.
Karl is the author of nine books (available at SMBBooks.com). His blog – SmallBizThoughts.com – has more than 40,000 visitors a month and is considered a training resource for many I.T. consultants. The blog has experienced an audience growth rate of almost 600% over the last year.
Karl has been named SBSer of the Year by SMB Nation; he has been on the MSPmentor 250 list every year since it was started; and was named to the SMB 150 list by SMB Technology Network (SMBTN) and SMB PC magazine.
About Small Biz Thoughts
Small Biz Thoughts is the training and content division of Great Little Book Publishing Co., Inc. Their programs are geared specifically for the Managed Service Provider and SMB Consultant communities. Their focus on future trends has helped them to build a reputation as a trusted advisor to fans and friends around the world.
Karl W. Palachuk
Monday, September 26th, 2011
At every conference, there’s a few sessions that you really must see. SMBNation is no different to that. This year, my “must see” sessions list goes like this…
GS1 – Swing Migration v.2011: SBS or Exchange or Windows to Anywhere – Jeff Middleton
You just can’t get enough of learning how to migration and Jeff is certainly the master at it.
GS2 – Group Policy in SBS 2011 – Eriq Neale
Eriq’s knowledge of Group Policy is 2nd to none and he will walk you through the hard bits in both SBS 2011 Standard and SBS 2011 Essentials.
Yeah – I know he’s a vendor, but the guys at BackupAssist have been working on some very cool stuff that I’ve not seen from other vendors, so this is certainly worth a good look.
GS8 Crack the Creds. Breaking Passwords for Fun and Profit – Dana Epp
If you saw his how to hack a wireless network presentation last year, you will know Dana is a guy who not only knows his stuff, but can seriously scare the crap outta you while still smiling. This is a must see session.
It might seem simple, but often in life, the simple things are not. Jessica will take the hard work out of it for us all.
10 ways to access and interact with SharePoint – sounds cool and without needing to code anything according to Amy.
GS11 – Office 365+SBS 2011 Essentials… – Wayne Small & Robert Crane
Hopefully we can entertain everyone with a valuable session on not just combining Office 365 and SBS 2011 Essentials, but also the deeper dive under the covers of SBS 2011 Essentials with all it’s hidden tricks.
Monday, September 19th, 2011
If you’ve not yet registered for SMBNation in Las Vegas, then time is running out. With a distinct focus on the Geek Speak tracks, this years event looks like another kick butt time for all involved. Robert Crane and myself will be presenting a session on SBS 2011 Essentials and Office 365 and how to make them play nice together.
Check out the conference schedule here
I think it’s great to see a host of “fresh blood” to the speaker pool too, so you are sure to get a wide variety of different ideas thrown around as well.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
Later this week I’m flying to Seattle for a couple of conferences. One of them is a public conference called MVP Nation. Organised by SMB maestro Harry Brelsford, this even will link together MVPs, The community and vendors across a variety of topics. You can find out more here
I’m involved in 3 sessions there across a number of “How To” topics and I’m really looking forward to it.
HT2: How To Be A Speaker/Trainer Who Excites Audiences And Exceeds Expectations
Successfully stand and deliver impactful presentations that fully deliver on your presentation potential. Learn how to promise upfront what you’ll say, say it and then confirm that you’ve kept your promise. Audience engagement is a function of credible content, trust and delivery. Think of this as “Toastmasters” for MVPs and other potential speakers.
Kevin Royalty | Matt Makowicz | Wayne Small
HT6: How To Work With Vendors, OEMs, ISVs!
Amy, Andy, Wayne, Greg and Julian are all successful communicators. As VAR’s Amy, Andy and Wayne have worked closely with vendors to produce extraordinary results for their clients and the user base of the vendor’s products. As Vendors, Hewlett Packard and GFI have engaged MVP’s and partners at very deep levels in their company to help drive the direction of product development. Why do they invest their time do to this? How can you as an MVP or IT Pro have meaningful influence with your vendors? How can vendors engage MVPs and partners in a way that creates positive results for the product line? In this panel session the secret to successful vendor/partner relationships will be revealed and examples provided on how these great communicators get value for themselves, for the community and for their companies by investing the time to build a two-way street of open communication.
Amy Babinchak | Andy Goodman | Greg Starks | Julian Waits | Wayne Small
HT9: How To Work With Other MVP Product Groups
Remember that the intent of MVP Nation focuses on helping MVPs become better MVPs. This impactful session focuses on connecting different MVP product groups to work together. Historically, MVPs received their award for one product area. Many MVPs are unaware of the other MVP groups and how to reach out and connect with these groups. Simply stated – we’re better together and the reality is that Microsoft solutions now cross several product stacks.
Monday, September 27th, 2010
Great session title and normally if it was at a conference, I’d say “yeah right”. But this session has been designed and presented by Dana Epp – Security MVP form Canada. Now I won’t say I know a LOT about Dana as he keeps a lot very private, but I will say what I do know makes me have both huge respect for the man and huge “fear” at the same time. Dana has been hacking networks while most of us were out playing in tree houses. Dana did a session with me in Sydney on security in 2007 and I learned during that session just how insecure we really are… despite our best efforts. This is only one of the sessions you will want to see.
There are so many great reasons why you need to come to SMBNation… in addition to Dana’ session, you will also be able to see my session on SBSv7 or the one I’m doing for the ThirdTier preday on Hyper-V
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Are you going to SMBNation this year in Las Vegas? If not then you will miss out on a session from Security MVP Dana Epp on how to hack your network. Dana is well known in the SMB space as a security guru and as a friend I know lots more about him that makes me say “wow” all the time Check out his session for SMBNation before and then get along and sign up.
Hack the Biz: Exploring the insecurity of small business
We live in a world where the Internet makes use all equidistant. We no longer are targeted by attackers because of the value of our assets, or the size of our business… but instead are targeted through the technology we use, and how we connect with the world. In this presentation, Dana will conduct real work hacks in an controlled environment in an effort to demonstrate live just how unsafe it can actually be for small businesses, and discuss real world countermeasures to address it. Note: During this presentation it is recommended that all cell phones and laptops be turned off. You have been warned.
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
I’d love to report just how great Exchange 2007 SP1 is after attending the first session today, but unfortunately I can’t… you see despite having people register as to which sessions they attended, the rooms are overflowing with people outside the door. Now event organisers will tell you just how much of a success this is, but honestly – it’s a result of bad planning. Microsoft knew in advance how many people would be attending and which sessions they were going to, so they had the chance to change rooms to accommodate – unfortunately as you can see – it’s not happening. I sure hope they sort this out for other sessions or else TechEd will be a waste of money for me and many others.
Rosemary Stark has the unfortunate job of turning people away
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
TechEd Australia is off an running now. One of the things I’ve learnt over time is that when you are in a place for any length of time, the way to make it feel like home is to get a few things that help make it easier for you… and they can save a few bucks too. I’m up here for both TechEd, some client work and some rest and relaxation and I’m here for 8 days in total. Here’s a photo of a few supplies I picked up… Note the chocolate… and fresh fruit… oh – there were apples and Milk too to but they are missing as I forgot to put them on the table.
In all seriousness though – staying at a serviced apartment instead of a hotel means the cost is kept down. Shopping at the local supermarket for things like breakfast cereal, and some late evening snacks will save you a heap of cash and having a few drinks in the fridge means you can avoid the crush at the bar if you want a drink before bed.
Monday, April 19th, 2010
Jeff Middleton’s SBSMigration conference is on in just 6 weeks! I was one of the key moderators/hosts for the first event a few years back and it was freaking awesome event. Very much UNLIKE any other conference you will have been to. I recommend attending if you don’t mind flying over to New Orleans… btw – Jeff throws the most AWESOME parties at these things… last year he had a real New Orleans style parade just for his conference attendees… wishing I was there
Go to Jeff’s site here www.Conference2010.SBSmigration.com and check it out.