Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Ted Talks are the best value. They have become my Sunday morning day starter. A couple of Ted Talks over breakfast.

Always learn something

Today I am recommending the Amy Cuddy presentation “Your body language shapes who you are” . The presentation explores the relationship between positive postures and behaviour.

I can see applications for this  for trainers and presenters especially.

I like the way many Ted Talks are backed by research and experiments – as is the case here. Having seen too many body language as entertainment presentations on tabloid TV – I am a bit wary – but I was swayed by the supporting science.

Amy also used a good presentation technique in that she gave the audience one effective technique to take away and use.

Meetings and Power/Positive Attitudes

Many years ago, as a young public servant I was also a union delegate particularly involved in the introduction of new systems and wound up going to meetings with management at the state and national level.  I was conscious of the power issues at being at a meeting with a room full of suits and outnumbered. I would wear a good sports coat  to the meetings myself – people would ask why – I would say the jacket was my “wings  of steel” (see video below). My small way of neutralising the whole power balance thing, in my head anyway, which is where it counted.

 Another Meeting Tip

If you are a small delegation meeting with a larger group at their site, the larger group will spread themselves around the meeting table, leaving spaces for you and your group dispersed around the table. This can be deliberate, (or it can be because the people you are meeting don’t get on ). You want your team together, at the very least for passing notes…

So ask people to move, I have done it several times, use the passing notes thing as a pretext if you have to, but do it.


Steven Knight



Virtual Machines are Fun!

Planning a major round of Study, Exploration and Evaluation – SharePoint/Designer and InfoPath/Captivate 6 and exploring Office 2013/Windows 8.

Upgraded to the new VMWare Workstation last week and today I have spent the day setting up a few virtual machines – its Spring after all!

Today, I have set up:

  • SharePoint 2010 Enterprise on Windows Server 8 (no Exchange)
  • Windows 8 and Office 2013 (Office 2013 looks good in Windows 8, clearly Windows 8 is the intended habitat for Office 2013)
  • Linux Mint (Adding Apache, PHP, MYSQL is still a work in progress)  – All to serve as a base for Moodle and Chamillo, so I can do my long delayed comparison article.

And I have finally mastered accessing web servers on the Virtual machines from other PCs on my network. Frustratingly simple now I have it straight.

I’d like to do SharePoint 2013 – but if the minimum specification is to be believed, I need more cores (4 for the the VM) and I only have three (I have been giving two cores and 4 GB of RAM to a virtual machine and keeping 1 core and 4 GB for the host). So I need to budget for a PC based on a 6 or  8 core processor.


Steven Knight – part trainer, part geek



SharePoint Q & A

A digest post addressing SharePoint 2010 questions

Does SharePoint index the content of ODT files?

For Enterprise and FAST search appears yes – see articles below: Continue reading “SharePoint Q & A”

TED Talks – Daphne Koller, What we are learning from on-line education

An excellent talk I have just watched on my TV via Boxee, was  at TED Talks – Daphne Koller, What we are learning from on-line education. You don’t need  a smart TV, just follow the link!

Daphne explores the benefits of using on line education tools in a university environment. Continue reading “TED Talks – Daphne Koller, What we are learning from on-line education”

Sunday Night Music

Enough Work!

Musical Post to finish off for the evening, new videos of my own coming  very soon Continue reading “Sunday Night Music”

SharePoint Q & A

Folks, This post is an omnibus post to document an assortment of questions on SharePoint 2010 that I have had recently.

SharePoint 2010 and Farms

This area is a bit out of my territory – but here is some light reading on getting started: Continue reading “SharePoint Q & A”

Inspired by Boxee and the Twit network

In the last week, I have moved from an old CRT style TV to a flat screen LED TV and a D-Link Boxee Box. Continue reading “Inspired by Boxee and the Twit network”

Document Signing, Acrobat and Alternatives

This topic came up on a recent Acrobat session, raised by people discussing cutting and pasting signatures into documents to simulate signing. Which led to a discussion on digital signatures and Acrobat and a run through of the process (using a self signed certificate).

So I thought I would dig up some light reading on how to get a proper digital certificate for document signing. Continue reading “Document Signing, Acrobat and Alternatives”

Adobe Activation Issue “Resolved” or how I discovered the Adobe Frustration Limit Algorithm (AFLA)

My Adobe Activation problem has solved itself. I share this solution with you now:

When you go to read a pdf, the activation wizard will display and advise that it can’t activate. Continue reading “Adobe Activation Issue “Resolved” or how I discovered the Adobe Frustration Limit Algorithm (AFLA)”

Free SharePoint 2007 User Guide download fixed

The SharePoint 2007 User  Guide download and other downloads have been fixed (and checked/tested).

The fault was due to a clash with Jetpack.

SharePoint Guide Download not working


The SharePoint user guide download is not working

I will work on it on Friday 8 June and post when its fixed



Not Happy Adobe! Activation Issues

About 10 days ago I moved to the Adobe E-Learning Suite 2.5 using the subscription model. After carefully reviewing the licence agreement, I determined I would be able install on my main desktop PC and the laptop provided both were not to used at once (there is only one of me- so this is unlikely)

So I signed up, downloaded and installed on PC and laptop.

All good and ready for me to do a couple of projects with Dreamweaver and Captivate and to prepare for the Acrobat X and Captivate 5.5 exams.

Except now I can’t use any of it on either PC. Continue reading “Not Happy Adobe! Activation Issues”

Not Happy! Microsoft Windows Phone and Office 365

I have a rule not to blog angry. It can give the wrong impression. I am for example preparing some really positive video tutorials covering useful things to do with SharePoint Online, Windows phone and OneNote 2010. Lots of good things to say which I will save for a later post.

Because I am grumpy now.

I recently updated my password for Office 365. Good practice – Yes. A Mistake – Yes Continue reading “Not Happy! Microsoft Windows Phone and Office 365”