IAAP Summit 2018


I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the IAAP Summit in Austin, Texas this year. The event this year was close enough for me to drive to it and I was able to hook up with a few local friends outside of the conference, which was nice as well. As always, the last few days were filled with inspiration, motivation and a wealth of knowledge...and a few million bats. 🦇

For those of us with the premium package, the conference began on Saturday and I selected the sessions by Vickie Sokol Evans, MCT and owner of Redcape Company. I have been attending her sessions, boot camps and webinars for several years now and I always learn something. She's my main inspiration for me attempting to get the MCT for myself. I'm glad I was able to go throughout the room and assist with some of the hands-on parts of her sessions as needed since the classrooms are rather large. I enjoy being able to teach others, even in a tiny capacity.

🎸 Later that night, I was able to get down to Kyle to The Railhouse to see a local band play and also catch up with an old co-worker that lives nearby. My friend, Ray, is a great guitar player/singer and even played for the opening band. Check out the Wyatt Weaver Band in person if you're around the south Austin area or catch them on Spotify.

🌎 The main part of the conference commenced on Sunday with the opening session which began with the parade of nations. 48 countries were represented by around 1200 attendees this year. It was truly a world-class event. The keynote speaker was Colette Carlson. Over the next couple of days, I attended several sessions and learned a LOT. Now, if my brain can just contain it all. If not, there's always my notes in #OneNote.

🎙 Ed Talks were 10-minute mini-messages from multiple presenters. Vickie Sokol Evans spoke on digital etiquette, Bonnie Low-Kramen explained how women can shut off the default behaviors. Sandy Geroux talked about our emotional log and Tom Vorves ended the talk with ways to automate our everyday tasks.

I got to learn from the following speakers over the course of the Summit: Madelyn Mackie, Tom Vorves, Lucy Brazier, Al-Husein Madhany, Melissa Esquibel, Sandy Geroux, Peggy Vasquez, Veronica Cochran and Neil Malek. Such a wealth of knowledge in one location! I've already been implementing several of the take-aways at my office. 📚

MANY thanks to Vickie for inviting me to dinner on Sunday night with most of these speakers. It was a special treat and I felt like I was dining with royalty. Mexican food and good conversation is hard to beat. 🌮

🍮 The networking lunch and closing celebration meals were high-class. We closed out the event with a grand celebration and lots of dancing. 💃 Summit is always a good place to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. I enjoyed seeing my Austin peeps again. It was good to see Wildali Perez from Puerto Rico again this year (especially after the hurricane) and to meet and Diana Brandl from Germany. Fun times, ladies!


📸 See some more of my photos from the week at https://photos.app.goo.gl/VQEnvpxKq1p1Qtma6

🙇 The morning after the Summit, I went by Tactix of Austin to take another Microsoft Office Specialist exam. I took the PowerPoint 2016 exam and passed it. It was the 3rd of 4 exams that I need for the MOS Master level in 2016. After all the info at the conference and the stress of exams, I was ready to get home and take a nap.

Next year, the Summit will be held at the Gaylord in National Harbor, MD.


Import Google Calendar to OneNote for Digital Planning

Using a couple of "helper" apps, such as PrintMyCal.com and Microsoft Word, you can take your Google Calendar and import it to OneNote to create a monthly layout for digital planning. Follow along and learn a few tips and tricks along the way. Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel to be notified of new videos.


Video notes:
Check out Michele Christensen's Facebook group for more design ideas : OneNote Bullet Journal

OneTastic add-in for OneNote 2016  

Gem add-in for OneNote (I use the UWP version)

Freestyle Digital Planning with OneNote

I have made several digital layouts that have mimicked paper planners and are somewhat structured in nature. But with digital planning in OneNote, it can be as free-flowing as your thoughts. List out bills, tasks, reminders and appointments in a block or break them out with a separate To Do list. Create an area for a brain dump. Have a thought?  Write or type it out depending on what device you are closest to when the thought hits. Give it all a pretty background instead of just a flat white sheet of "paper".

Watch my latest video for some layout tips and tricks. Give it a 👍 and subscribe to my channel to be alerted when I post new videos.


Last Minute Presentation

On Thursday, June 5, around 9 am, I got an email from the ABWA (American Business Women's Association) College Station Charter Chapter requesting an emergency fill-in for a speaker that canceled for that night's meeting.  Luckily, I was free that evening and was able to pull a presentation together on Digital Planning with OneNote. 📒 Thanks for thinking of me, Sharon.


If you have followed this blog and/or my YouTube channel, you know that digital planning is something I work on for my personal life on a daily basis and is near and dear to my heart. I have presented this topic at work before, so all I needed to do was tweak it a little bit (which is the norm anytime I do a repeat presentation).

The meeting was nice and I saw a few familiar faces from other organizations I have been in over the years, so it was good to catch up. The meal was chicken fajitas with all the fixin's. YUM! Hey, I didn't have to cook or do dishes that night! After the meal, I did my demo and answered questions to the best of my ability. I wasn't quite as polished as I would like to have been, but I think it was pretty good for a last-minute stand in. There was a Business of the Month spotlight and short business meeting and then door prizes - and I even won one of them - a bag of fresh, home-grown t'maters. 🍅

I enjoy presenting trainings and I love seeing people's faces when they get that "Ah-hah" moment. 😲 "Oh, THAT'S how I can save a lot of time and effort" or "I didn't know this program would do that"!  It makes my day. For my MCT requirements, I need to have evaluations filled out on trainings that I present and I enjoy getting 5-star ratings and reading the comments on how I helped someone or how they enjoyed the presentation. It was a good day.


Create a Digital Recipe Book

In this video, I explain how to use OneNote to capture various types of recipes, including typing them out, capturing the page or card with the Office Lens built into OneNote, adding a PDF and clipping recipes from the web. Capture all those loose recipes and family favorites and that recipe in that one cookbook that you always have to hunt down every time you need it. OneNote is searchable. 😊


Use emoji, images, stickers and page preview to add visual punch.
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Show notes:

OneNote Web Clipper
Office Lens
Campbell's Green Bean Casserole
Blue-Ribbon Butter Cake

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IAAP Summit 2018

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the IAAP Summit in Austin, Texas this year. The event this year was close enough for me to dr...