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Shari Oswald

Shari Oswald

Microsoft MVP | Productivity and O365 Adoption Expert | Technology Evangelist | SharePoint Consultant | MCT Regional Lead | eLearning Author | International Speaker

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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They call me Shortcut Shari...Why? I believe we should all work smarter, not harder and I love keyboards shortcuts. I've been using SharePoint since before it was even called SharePoint and I'm excited to share my knowledge and expertise who are as excited as technology as I am. I know stuff and I love to SHARE it!

My focus is the "People Side of Change". As a Microsoft 365 Solutions Architect and Consultant that grew up right along with SharePoint, my practical knowledge of the Microsoft Productivity stack coupled with my passion for empowerment via learning makes me an excellent resource as a consultant and evangelist for Microsoft 365. My philosophies for information architecture and SharePoint design are centered on solving business challenges with technology and ensuring usability and adoption for the organization.

As for my experience, I'm a Microsoft Certified Trainer, a Microsoft Certified Specialist Master, consultant, presenter, author and evangelist. When I'm not architecting SharePoint magic as a consultant, I'm in the classroom or creating online learning for LinkedIN Learning, ClipTraining.com and Pluralsight. Join me for my sessions, I promise they will not only be informative, but they will also be FUN!

Awards

  • Most Active Speaker 2023
  • Most Active Speaker 2022

Area of Expertise

  • Business & Management
  • Information & Communications Technology

Topics

  • SharePoint
  • Modern SharePoint
  • SharePoint modern pages
  • Office 365 SharePoint Productivity
  • SharePoint migrations
  • SharePoint Online
  • Microsoft Word
  • power bi
  • Microsoft Power platform
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Power Query
  • Power Automate

WOW! Is this really SharePoint? Take Your Sites from Zero to Hero with the SharePoint Lookbook

Are you tired of boring SharePoint sites? Worse yet, is your SharePoint site still the generic starter page layout? SharePoint has been my baby for over 20 years and for 20 years they've been calling my baby ugly. Not anymore! Or, at least they don't have to be but all too often I see no one has taken the time to dress up their sites and make them actually interesting and useful. Let's fix that! In this session we will take that generic site from Zero to Hero using the SharePoint Lookbook as inspiration (and a great cheat cheat!)

You will learn:
- What the SharePoint Lookbook is (and where to find it!)
- How to Use Site Templates
- How to Create Visually Appealing SharePoint Pages
- How to Add and Customize Web Parts
- Tips and Tricks, of course!

By the end of this fun and fabulous hour your co-workers will be saying "WOW! Is this SharePoint?"

Unleash Microsoft Forms with the Magic of Power Automate

Microsoft Forms is more than just a survey tool or a place to take a poll. Did you know that you can use the information captured in a Form and do awesome things with it? In this session, we'll explore the top 5 uses for partnering Power Automate to take Microsoft Forms to the next level!

In this session, you will gain:
- Enhanced understanding on how Microsoft Forms and Power Automate can work together
- Use Templates in Power Automate to extend the capabilities of Microsoft Forms
- Real-World examples and best practices that can be applied to your own workflows

Join Shari and discover how to transform you data collection processes and unleash the potential of Forms with Power Automate!

Microsoft Lists - The Tool You Never Knew You Wished You had!

Join us for an engaging session on using Microsoft Lists and transforming the way you gather, manage, and automate your data-driven work processes. In this session, you'll discover the versatility and power of Microsoft Lists as a go-to tool for tracking everything from tasks to employee onboarding as we explore the following:

- When and why to use Microsoft Lists
- Creating a List from a Template
- Creating a List from existing data
- Using Lists to Gather and Manage Information
- Using Views and Filters to make your data meaningful
- Automate Your Processes using your Lists

By the end of the session, you'll be equipped with the skills to harness the potential of Microsoft Lists for data management and automation. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your productivity with Lists!

On-Demand Learning: Creating Video Learning in Record Time

In this ever-evolving world of technology and innovation, the struggle to keep skills up to date is a constant struggle. Who has time to sit all day in a classroom? Video-based learning is more in-demand than ever before. In this session I will share with you my tips, tricks and tools for creating high-quality, professional videos in record time!

In this session, you will learn…
- How to prepare for your recording
- Resources to help make your content more engaging
- Applications and platforms that make creating videos a breeze
- Tips and Tricks for editing and publishing your content

Microlearning is the key to providing learning at the center of your work. Who has time to sit in class all day, especially when the learning retains maybe 30-40% of what was shared. By providing Byte-Sized learning opportunities, you are give people knowledge they need when they need it. Who couldn't use more time in their day?

I used to be very intimidated by all the tech and gadgetry around creating videos, but no more! With over five years of authoring, recording and producing video based micro-learning I'm excited to share how you can hit the ground running. I will share with you Real-Time how easy it can be to edit and produce your video learning. Let's DO This!

Video-based learning is more in-demand than ever before. In this session I will share with you my tips, tricks and tools for creating high-quality, professional videos in record time!

You Are a Teams Owner...Now What!

You've been assigned a Team and they've put you in charge, Great! Teams can be your best friend...or worst enemy. As the owner of a Team, it's important to know what you can...and cannot do. Let's peek into the owner dashboard and see what bells and whistle we can turn on...and off.

Cool Features You Never Knew You Had in PowerPoint!

Have you ever had to sit through a boring presentation? We all have! I had brilliant college professors who just made me YAWWWWN. Boring presentations are a recipe for disaster, causing audience disengagement, and possibility even a lack of confidence in the presenter! If you fail to captivate and WOW your audience, even the best concepts can fall short. Did you know there are a lot of great tools and resources built right into PowerPoint that can avoid those disasters?

You will learn:
- Strategies for Organizing Your Content
- Where to Find Resources for Creating Engaging Content
- How to Create Slides that WOW
- How to Standardize Your Layouts
- Become a Better Presenter
- Best Kept Secrets of PowerPoint!

In this session we will show you how to take a bland, boring presentation from Zero to Hero using built in tools that most people don't event know are there! We will explore techniques for making your content more visually engaging with graphics, animations and transitions. Did you know that PowerPoint can even make you a better presenter? Let's play with some of the features and get real-time feedback on our delivery. Finally, it wouldn't be a Shortcut Shari session without some Tips and Tricks you won't want to miss.

Our tried and true presentation application didn’t receive a lot of love for a few versions, but you will be amazed at what’s new and cool in PowerPoint. A little bit of Desktop, a little bit of PowerPoint online and you will be ready to dazzle your audience live… or not… (no spoilers).

Join us for a fun and informative session on transforming boring presentations into captivating experiences using hidden gems within PowerPoint! Learn essential strategies for organizing content, sourcing engaging resources, and creating slides that WOW your audience. Discover how PowerPoint's built-in tools can elevate your presentation game and boost your confidence as a presenter. Don't miss out on unlocking the secrets to turning bland slides into dynamic showcases that leave a lasting impression. Disaster averted!

Top 7 Tips for Tracking Tasks in Microsoft Planner

Do you have to coordinate tasks with your work team? It can be frustrating and time-consuming to keep everything on track. Did you know that there is a tool in Microsoft 365 that helps you do just that? Let's explore Microsoft Planner and how we can make getting those tasks done more productively. In this session you will learn:
- Customizing Your Planner Board
- Sharing Your Planner
- Using Labels for Organization
And much more!

Top 7 Productivity Killers in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams can be your best friend…or your worst enemy!
In this session we will show you how to fix the top 7 productivity killers in Microsoft Teams…and help you to be more productive when communicating, collaborating, creating content. In this session you will learn:

How to organize Microsoft Teams to maximize your productivity
Take control of the barrage of notifications
Use Mentions and Tags to draw attention to your content
Tips for more effective meetings
The best kept secret of Teams

Beyond What Goes Where, Let's Talk Documentation Strategy

Your organization has decided they want to eliminate your network drives and move you into the cloud with Microsoft 365. Now what? Do any of these sound familiar?

What do you mean we can't have folders?
I put everything in my OneDrive but I can't find anything!
I need to share my documents with my peers. How do I do that
My co-worker left the company and now we lost their contributions?

In this session, we are going to take the "What Goes Where" discussion and talk about how to create a Document Management strategy and the roles that OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams play in that strategy.

Spoiler Alert! Nothing Actually Lives in Teams! Managing Your Files in Office 365

As a speaker and a trainer, the most common question I get is "What goes in OneDrive, what goes in SharePoint and what goes in Teams?" . Join me for this session as we demystify the file sharing options in Office 365 and find the most effective option for how YOU need to collaborate with your peers in your virtual workspace!

Automate Your Processes with Custom SharePoint Lists and Power Apps

Ever wish you could gather and manage information for your SharePoint Lists...from anywhere? When you connect SharePoint Lists with PowerApps, YOU CAN!

Take Sharepoint beyond the document dump and start maximizing the potential of a SharePoint as a platform on which to build your business processes, with ZERO code. SharePoint lists can be the foundation on which your store and process your data and start automating your processes. But you have to gather the data first.

In this session we will create a custom SharePoint list and build a PowerApp that can be used to collect the data from anywhere, even mobile devices! Let's show you how it's done...

Create a SharePoint list to fit your business need
Discover the types of data that can be collected
Quickly build a PowerApp to gather information, even from the field

Moving to OneDrive for Business...Ultimate POWER!!! (NOT an ittie bittie living space...)

OneDrive for Business...a terabyte of storage. In this session I will show you how to migrate your content into One Drive for Business, still be able to find things, AND not blow up your hard drive! Avoid the mistakes of creating a document dumping ground with my three basic strategies.

Creating the Buzz: Increasing Adoption through a Champions Program

Do you know "that guy"...or "that girl" in your workgroup? You know the one...that person that everyone goes to when they are confused about technology. Maybe it's YOU! These are going to be your greatest allies in your organization when rolling out a new technology!

In this session we will cover:
- Why Champions are Important
- Who would be the best Champions
- What are the Expectations of the Champions
- Where to find your Champions
- When to engage your Champions
- How to get started building the Champions program

Let's build a Champions Program that helps you overcome our biggest foe in technology...User Adoption.

Tuning in (and Tuning Out) on What Matters in Microsoft Teams!

Do you feel overwhelmed by the overload of information coming in through the channels Microsoft Teams? In terms of communication, we've gone from the rabbit ears on the TV single channel of email to the deluxe cable package with hundreds of channels in Teams bringing all the news and a lot of NOISE! Let's take some time on getting focused on what matters to YOU in Microsoft Teams.

The 3 C's of Microsoft Teams

Did your company get thrown into the deep end in the last few years and Microsoft Teams got tossed in your lap? Well, you aren’t the only ones. In the flurry of just trying to keep moving Teams was the obvious solution but do you really know everything that it can do for you?
Most people see Teams as the tool they use to Communicate using Chat or Calls, but Communication is only ONE of the 3 C's of Microsoft Teams! In this session we will explore what we call the 3 C's of Teams: Communication, Collaboration, Content Sharing. Confused by when you need a Team? Not sure why you should use a channel? Let's talk best practices for building and creating a useful and intuitive collaboration space in Microsoft Teams.
By the end of our session you will have learned:
• When to Create a Team
• What Are Channels?
• Collaborating in Teams
• Collaborating in Chat
• Communicating in Teams
• Managing Files in Teams
• Managing Meetings
Join Shari Oswald for one of her favorite sessions to help you increase your productivity. You will walk away with a completely different view of the capabilities at your fingertips that are available for you in Microsoft Teams!

M365 in the Real World - How to Survive this Conference using OneNote!

Do you head home with your head spinning with all you've learned, professional opportunities, or things you need to research more? Me too!!! In this workshop we will show you how to use OneNote to keep it all straight and we will build out YOUR notebook

Learn Tips and Tricks for:
• Planning your Days at the Conference
• Taking Notes and capturing slides
• Following up with Speakers
• Tracking Professional Opportunities

Make sure you bring your laptop, have Office 365 (personal or work). and have OneNote 365 installed!

This is best offered earlier in the conference so they can build the notebook and use it going forward.

Migrating Your OneNote Notebooks To Access Them from Any Device, Anywhere!

Have you heard? Microsoft OneNote has multiple versions...and not all of them are the same. Did you create them on your computer? Do they live in the cloud? In this session we will explore the different versions of OneNote and share some best practices for moving, saving and sharing your Notebooks so you can use them any time, any device, anywhere....

In this session you will learn:

- What is the difference between the different versions of OneNote
- How to determine the current location of your notebooks
- Best practices for moving your notebooks to/around the cloud.
- Sharing Your Notebooks from OneDrive

Empower Your Data: Choosing the Right Tool, SharePoint, Dataverse for Teams or Dataverse?

Unlock the full potential of your data in this session where we will guide you through the world of Microsoft the data tools, helping you understand the strengths and best use cases for each option. Learn how to decide whether SharePoint Lists, Dataverse for Teams, or Dataverse is the right fit to solve your your business challenges.

Through real-world examples and expert insights, you'll gain the skills to choose the ideal tool for your data management, collaboration, and application development needs. Whether you're a seasoned IT professional or just starting your journey, this session will empower you to make informed data decisions and drive success in your projects. Join us to become a data tool expert and take control of your data strategy!

M365 Philly 2024 Sessionize Event

May 2024 Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States

CollabDays Utah Sessionize Event

April 2024 Sandy, Utah, United States

North American Cloud and Collaboration Summit

Top 7 Productivity Killers in Microsoft Teams

April 2024 Dallas, Texas, United States

North America MCT Summit 2024 Sessionize Event

March 2024

Knoxville M365 Community Day - Spring 2024 Sessionize Event

February 2024 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

M365 Saturday DC - A Community Day Event Sessionize Event

February 2024 Reston, Virginia, United States

#M365AMA Livestream

Experts Panel Answer Questions LIVE! | Virtual Event (Recorded)

January 2024

Waffle Wednesday - The 3 C's of Microsoft Teams

TekkiGurus Webinar | Virtual Event (Recorded)

January 2024

NYC Teams Tuesday - "Top 7 Tips for Tracking Tasks in Microsoft Planner"

User Group Meeting | Virtual Event (Recorded)

January 2024

MN365 User Group Meeting - "Managing Tasks with Planner and To-Do"

User Group Meeting | Virtual Event (Recorded)

January 2024

IAMCP Virtual Chapter - "Why Become a Speaker at Conferences and Events"

Members Only Meeting | Virtual Event
Tips and Tricks for getting your foot in the door as a conference speaker and how you can use this to build your Microsoft business.

January 2024

MN365 User Group Meeting - "Microsoft Ignite Experts Panel"

User Group Meeting | Virtual Event (Recorded)

December 2023

UnPlug IT - "Maximizing Productivity: Harnessing the NEW OneDrive and AI for Collaboration"

Podcast with Stephen Rose | Virtual Event (Recorded)

November 2023

CollabDays New England

Unleash Microsoft Forms with the Magic of Power Automate

October 2023 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

CollabCon 2023 Sessionize Event

September 2023 Orlando, Florida, United States

MN Microsoft 365 User Group - In person Workshop Day Spring, 2023 Sessionize Event

May 2023 Edina, Minnesota, United States

Comms vNext 2023 Sessionize Event

April 2023 Denver, Colorado, United States

M365 Twin Cities Sessionize Event

January 2023 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, United States

European MCT Summit 2022 Sessionize Event

September 2022 Zürich, Switzerland

Shari Oswald

Microsoft MVP | Productivity and O365 Adoption Expert | Technology Evangelist | SharePoint Consultant | MCT Regional Lead | eLearning Author | International Speaker

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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