A couple of months ago, I volunteered to serve as speaker coordinator for PADNUG, the Portland Area .NET User Group. (Apparently, group president Chris Goldfarb was feeling a bit overwhelmed. ;-) As it turned out, we didn't have a speaker lined up for the rapidly-approaching July meeting, so I coordinated myself to give the talk, Create Great .NET User Interfaces. This is a reprise of a presentation I gave several times at VSLive! conferences a few years ago.
I was pleasantly surprised to meet several fellow .NET webloggers during and after the meeting: Scott Hanselman and Microsoft's Jim Blizzard kibitzed from the front row. And though I didn't recognize him at the time, Rory Blyth, a shoo-in for the title of "Most Entertaining .NET Weblogger," stopped by my table at the Buffalo Gap Saloon several times to steal french fries.
Before the meeting, I reviewed Scott Hanselman's tips for a successful presentation. The one thing I wish I had done differently is create links in a single location to all of my sample projects; I fumbled a bit trying to locate my sample code. Overall, though, the talk seemed to go OK. I look forward to presenting again the next time I can't find a speaker. (If you'd like to speak to our group, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.)
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