Dan Rey

Dan Rey

Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again? #MicrosoftTeams I know over 300 #PeopleYouShouldKnow in #Microsoft365

DeKalb, Illinois, United States

Dan Rey has been a technical and end user trainer for over 20 years. His ability to connect with business, leaders, support and technical contacts is one of the reasons he is a great contact for everyone. He is an involved community speaker and contributor and can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, GitHub, TechCommunity and many other places online or in person! On February 1st, 2022 Dan was awarded the Microsoft MVP in Office Apps and Services. He is the Chief Learning Officer for Smarter Consulting!


  • Most Active Speaker 2022

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft 365
  • Copilot/AI
  • Copilot Studio
  • M365 Copilot
  • Copilot
  • Microsoft Copilot
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • PowerPoint Design

Using Microsoft Teams Custom Streaming To Bring Your Content To LinkedIn Live, YouTube, Facebook, et

Most people have used Teams for meetings, maybe even webinars, but there is some additional powerful features that you can use to send your meeting to a social media service of your choice with the custom streaming add in.

In this session learn about the prerequisites, what you need to have available both from Teams and the target social media platform and how to setup, test and monitor this end to end.

Copilot Is My Copilot: AI as an Educational Tool

Whether you’re in corporate education or military education or higher education, it’s likely you felt unprepared for the launch of ChatGPT, yet AI immediately changed the landscape of your training environment.

How can educators and trainers get in front of Copilot and not feel unprepared again?

Learn how AI can improve the learning environment and be used as a tool by educators and learners.

Who’s Afraid of Big Bad Copilot?

AI is everywhere. As a generation who grew up with a healthy fear of Skynet, how do we approach this new technology as a tool rather than the downfall of mankind?

In this interactive session, learn the basics of Copilot Studio and create a chatbot, while exploring the ethical implications of AI in government, education, and the medical field, and discuss how to mitigate privacy concerns.

Learn how to scope your chatbot to pull information from the sources YOU want it to access.

Better Together: Sparking Innovation with Collaboration

In today's interconnected world, great ideas bloom when we collaborate. This fun and enlightening keynote gathers a dynamic panel of industry pros to chat about the magic that happens when people and businesses collaborate. Listen to tales of partnership successes, learn how to bridge knowledge gaps, and discover the art of merging diverse expertise to ignite breakthroughs. Let's explore why we're truly better together, and how we can shape a brighter, more collaborative future. Join us for a heartwarming session that celebrates the power of unity in innovation!

Podcast Guest

Discuss the MS-700 certification

Personal Branding on LinkedIn

Many people have found themselves in the unfortunate position of having their job eliminated or an offer rescinded from an employer. One way to avoid or minimize this is to focus on building your personal brand. In this half day workshop participants will learn tricks to better attract, engage and inform others about their unique talents and brand.

How To Become a MVP and Master Public Speaking

There are a lot of Microsoft Community Contributors and locations to collaborate online.

How To Act Like a MVP

No one can "become" an MVP - it's not a credential like the Microsoft Certified Trainer or several other tech community credentials. The MVP program is an award given to outstanding Microsoft community contributors.

Anyone can "act like a MVP" with or without the award. In this session Dan Rey will share with you a journey that included four nominations, several starts and stops, at least one situation where he was ineligible for the award and the journey into the MVP community!

Teams Live Streaming options

In this session we will look at several different methods for streaming live on professional and social platforms like:


We will also share the differences between live streaming from within Teams vs. 3rd party Apps. It’s going to be a jam packed, informative session!

Microsoft 365 Groups Demystified

Every team in Microsoft Teams has a Microsoft 365 Group behind it whether you know it or not. In this session we will demystify the group creation, explain why groups may behave differently and other popular places these groups are used. You’ll also get some tips on creating the groups.

Lego Teams

Teams with Lego friends

Cooking with Microsoft Teams

Let’s look at the ingredients that make up how Teams functions. What can an Administrator control? What about a Device Administrator? The phone system provides some unique capabilities - we will bring many of these together to create unique recipes for a cross company project in healthcare, a community use and internal use in an education tenant!

Microsoft Teams and Azure People You Should Know

Whether it’s Teams Administration, Development, Support, End User Champions or Virtual, Webinar and Hybrid Meeting and Live Events, I share hundreds of contacts and have begun categorizing them for you to connect with virtually or in person!

New for this session - Matt adds several Azure People You Should Know!

Use Teams and PowerPoint to Unlock Your SuperPowers

Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint have a ton of features to make sure your slides and communication is accessible and inclusive. Attend this session to learn more about how ! We will take a look at Presentation Coach and the Accessibility Checker in PowerPoint. Using other fonts in Microsoft Teams channel communication, the immersive reader and more.

Teams Room Systems - Create Your Own

In this session we will talk through and demonstrate creating a Teams Room System and the parts needed and what the outcome of it looks like.

Teams Live Events and Webinars #CookingWithTeams

Learn more about the differences and when to use what in this interactive, fun and engaging session!

T.O.Y.S. In the Attic - When To Use What in M365

Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, SharePoint - Outlook as well. In this session Dan Rey will share some real world examples of when to use what as well as showcase some others who have help visualize and help answer this common question when users learn about just a few of the choices they have in Microsoft 365!

First delivery was at Chicago SharePoint Saturday 2019

PowerPoint, Microsoft Designer and Microsoft 365 Copilot - an Evolution

When people started using PowerPoint, a blank white canvas greeted them. Themes were ways to show you discovered that feature. Corporate marketing can provide templates and enforce branding guidelines and people that truly understand the power of PowerPoint can produce some amazing results. In the fall of 2022 Microsoft introduced Microsoft Designer. Then in 2023 Microsoft 365 Copilot. This session will show you a glimpse of what you can already do in PowerPoint and we will also jump into some future scenarios that Copilot for Microsoft 355 will introduce.

Target audience - user groups, conferences, LinkedIn Live, YouTube guest, can be demos and discussion or primarily demos. 15 minutes short and sweet or up to 45/1 hr sessions that can unpack a bit more.

North America MCT Summit 2024 Upcoming

March 2024

Skill Up Like a Super Hero Podcast User group

December 2023

CollabCon 2023

September 2023 Orlando, Florida, United States

Collab Con 2022

October 2022 Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Teams Nation 2022

March 2022

TechDay Pakistan

March 2022

M365 Below in Chicago!

January 2022

Comms vNext 2021

October 2021 Denver, Colorado, United States

Dan Rey

Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again? #MicrosoftTeams I know over 300 #PeopleYouShouldKnow in #Microsoft365

DeKalb, Illinois, United States