Hey Jealousy, Top 10 Announcements you might have *Missed* at the SharePoint Conference! Experts Panel #SPC19

Wow!  I’m still recovering from #SPC19.  In fact it was just yesterday I was speaking at SharePoint Conference, but I wanted to get this blog post out there for those who may have missed the nuggets.

Join me and 6 experts on the Best of SPC Experts Panel When: Wednesday  May 29th 11 AM Eastern / 3 PM GMT Featuring 5 MVPs 2 RDs and Microsoft Product Manager.

  • Joel Oleson MVP & RD – Microsoft Search, OneDrive, Governance, Content Services, Mixed Reality
  • Eric Overfield MVP & RD – UX, SharePoint Framework
  • Erica Toelle MVP – Content Services & Records Management
  • Ryan Schouten MVP- SPFx, Developer, Power Pack and Business Apps
  • Bill Baer MS Product Manager & MCM Instructor – SharePoint 2019, Geo, Search and Mixed Reality
  • Paul Swider – Business Apps, Power Pack

>> Register for the Best of SPC Experts Panel

we’ll discuss the announcements and all the announcements, have a fun discussion about the impact and discuss silly or crazy things that happened at SPC.

  1. Microsoft Search (GA) Launch a *massive* UX investment across Bing, Windows, Edge, Office, SharePoint, Office 365, powered by Graph plus AI and Machine learning and personalization and Unified Administration and way more is Shipping – in the words of Jeff Teper the biggest “One Microsoft” project or initiative he’s ever been part of.  Personally I spent more time in Search sessions since I didn’t want to miss anything that might impact my “Real Life” Microsoft Search session where I drilled down into things you could do today with Microsoft Search in preparation for more that will be coming out later this year.  Microsoft Searches biggest release is now available to targeted release tenants.  A ton more investments in image text extraction, video speech to text, and audio speech to text extraction also contribute to the investments.
    Download my Microsoft Search Strategy deck that I delivered at SPC.

    • Bookmarks, PowerApps, Q&A, Locations all configurable in a new Unified Administration (Targeted release).  The new enhanced recommendations will come from the behavior of the people using search.  The more it is used the better it will get.
    • Windows 10 updates and integration coming later this year
    • Search in Office will provide the ability to search for a document and the ability to take parts from those documents and automatically include them in the document, spreadsheet or PowerPoint. (Demo in the keynote showed adding a slide from PowerPoint into a word doc without ever leaving word)
    • Announced Public API for search including the extensibility of custom search refiners, connectors, verticals, and filters.
    • The best place to start with the new GA “General Availability” of  Microsoft Search: http://www.bing.com/business/explore
    • An enterprise-wide Microsoft Search experience, from the search box in the suite bar.
    • More resources on Microsoft Search
  2. SharePoint Home Sites New Announcement – “SharePoint home sites, a dynamic, engaging, and personalized employee experience for your organization.”  Jeff Teper’s keynote had us on the edge of our seats and home sites definitely got a warm intro.  You can read more about them on the SharePoint blog post “The intelligent intranet featuring SharePoint home sites” and read more at  SharePoint home sites: a landing for your organization on the intelligent intranet
  3. Yammer enhancements announced including Answer Bot and Best Answer and Microsoft Stream Transcription and other enhancements for employee engagement and communications.  Read more at Yammer investments add engagement and compliance capabilities
    • Yammer built in bot auto-responses for FAQ & Best Answer feature, you can ask a question and then the person asking the question or a group admin can mark the best answer—making the knowledge easier to share and reuse in the future. Additionally, a group can feature intelligent, bot-like responses to frequently asked questions.  Record, upload, and share video with updated Microsoft Stream mobile app.  Embed a quiz, poll, or survey in a video with Microsoft Stream.  
    • New Microsoft Stream mobile features, interactivity and more announced at SharePoint Conference 2019
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  4. Differential sync announced for all file types!  The keynote featured a 1GB bmp file where only text was added in MS Paint and instead of the entire file syncing only the changes or about 1-2MB was synced… it was done in seconds.
  5. Many new OneDrive, SharePoint File enhancements announced for sharing a file quickly, securely and in a compliant way has improved immensely – add a link to an email or teams chat and change the permissions on the fly.  Love the new “Request Files” feature.  You can create an RFP folder and send it out as a place where people can put documents… it has a built in ability to make it easy to collect files from others.  The new “easy-to-read links” will reduce the long ugly URLs we live with and “Popular around me” in the Shared with me section of OneDrive will simplify and enhance discovery.  See recent files, your files, frequent shared libraries when attaching a file or sharing a link from Outlook mobile.  In addition to updates to annotation options when marking up PDFs you can annotate the PDF to circle items or add notes for you and others.  Microsoft Teams Tabs in mobile experiences. In addition, Link to this Slide will allow you to send links to an individual PowerPoint slide.  Control sharing settings on groups of sites at once including the ability to expire sharing links across not only the whole site but many.ExternalExpiration_1.pngDocument compliance enhancements including… SharePoint Online service supports Azure Information Protection encryption on document upload, understands label policies applied to the document, and applies label permissions to document open when the document is in SharePoint or OneDrive.  Updated content services white paper, and guidelines for GxP compliance, providing the blueprint for organizations that comply with regulatory regimes like FDA 21 CFR Part 11
  6. Site rename got the biggest clap during the keynote.  There’s also more compliance with DLP restricted sharing.  Don’t miss the new Adoption kits across Office 365.
  7. Performance enhancements on storage, sharing, and more.  Jeff explained SharePoint is the biggest consumer of Azure storage.  Data from Microsoft 365 is ten times faster than it was just two years ago. Your user experience has improved in Office 365 is three times faster than a year ago, with investments across our architecture that accelerate your experience even when you are working far from your own data center.  After you upload a file, you should be able to search for it in no time.    Including now up to 320 previews and new ability to add comments on all file types (not just MS Office).  You’ve heard of Machine Learning… Announcing Machine Teaching.  Here you can teach the AI what parts of a document are and how to perform otherwise manual tasks for tagging or using document parts.  updates to Supervision including new out of the box machine learning models to harness intelligence and identify questionable content
  8. New Architectures from SharePoint 2019 in Azure and SQL Azure to Multi Geo GA  1) In SharePoint Server 2019 we’re providing more flexible deployment options to include support for Azure Stack and SQL Managed Instances. 2) New managed instance support for SharePoint Server 2019 allows you to leverage the benefits of managed instances with SharePoint environments hosted in Azure. Multi Geo Capabilities has released as Generally available what was in preview.
  9. New Developer experiences: New APIs and File Developer Experiences more comprehensive site collection enumeration API, will be coming soon in beta.  SharePoint Framework 1.8.2, released two weeks ago, updates compatibility to support Node.js 10.  SharePoint Framework 1.9 coming soon, there’s enhancements coming to Microsoft Graph connected controls. In addition to the Windows Community Toolkit which features controls for working with Microsoft Graph and Files, we’re also adding a new Microsoft Graph Toolkit for the web.  Fluid Framework – Improvements to development efforts “revolutionary new capabilities for real-time, intelligence-assisted collaboration” announced at build, but demonstrated during the keynote.  The keynote demo we saw showed many browser windows at once showing what it could be like with a seamless editing experience.  Many low level protocols and experiences have been optimized to make multi user editing better.
  10. Business Apps PowerApps and Flow Improvements – Starting in summer 2019, you’ll be able to use PowerApps to build custom forms for document libraries, building metadata-enriched experiences through SharePoint and Microsoft Teams. Bulk Approvals, New Actions for SharePoint Lists and Libraries in Flow, new document templates and improvements to backstage.  You’ll be able to use PowerApps to build custom forms for document libraries, building metadata-enriched experiences through SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.

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Lots of growth!

Check out the following 12 New blog posts that all went out right at the keynote.

Joel Oleson Awarded MVP – 10 years of Community Building in Pictures

I’m humbled and excited to be recognized by Microsoft as an MVP for Office Apps and Services.  It’s been about 11 years since I left Microsoft back in March 2008, and started my journey to connect to IT communities in every country in the world. 


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10 years later, and over 100 speaking engagements, and 100 communities later…


Here are a few of the highlights…

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It started with Jordan… my first community visit after Microsoft


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SharePoint in London and on the battlefields of Gettysburg


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Many Many Share-Point I Mean SharePints later


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From Bethlehem

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To 3x in Lima Peru

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Many Share-A-Okes!

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You wouldn’t believe the LadyGaga SharePoint Outing in Sweden

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SharePoint Bermuda…. Speaker shorts required

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SharePoint Saturday Jamaica!  They said it wasn’t possible!

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Sharing the Point in Vietnam in 2011

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SharePoint Singapore x4 including User Group, SPS, and TechEd South East Asia x3 (man I miss that event)

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SharePoint Malta

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SharePoint Amsterdam x3

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SharePoint in Czech


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SharePoint Sweden (SEF!) x 3 + ESPC

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Trinidad and Dominican Republic

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SharePoint in Morocco

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SharePoint in Slovenia (Thrive) x8


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Getting interviewed in Berlin by Michael Greth… about 8 years ago.  5+ trips to Germany for the community.

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Including a European SharePoint Conference where we saw the 20 year anniversary of the Wall topple!

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SharePoint in Iceland!

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More than a few SharePoint Limos.  (Many photos not included to protect the innocent Smile)

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SharePoint Manilla

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They said it wasn’t possible to do a SharePoint event in Georgia

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SharePoint Bangladesh… Thanks MJ!

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Ecuador

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and of course one of my favorites… Chile x2  and Costa Rica x4 with Ricardo and Crew

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The Latin American SharePoint Community is still very strong

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Guyana, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador

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And many trips down with Share The Point Under to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Signapore… Thanks Debbie!

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75 signed up in Yeravan Armenia…. but 125 showed up!!

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We made it happen in Bolivia

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and in Venezuela

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From Nigeria

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To Ghana

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And Nairobi

SharePoint in Antarctica

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The bottom of the world

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Arab community

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To Tunisia

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So many fun crazy times at SPC

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and Brazil

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and Pakistan

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and Egypt

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Bulgaria

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SharePoint in Full Robes in UAE Dubai

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SharePoint has definitely made the rounds in the middle east

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Central Asia Tour in Uzbekistan

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Azerbaijan

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And in Kurdish Iraq!

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Sri Lanka

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SharePoint Saturday Algeria

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On the Top of Africa –  Kilimonjaro

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To the Bottom of the world – Yes that is Dan Holme… I took this shot Smile

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Many Late nights

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Hanging out with fun people who make big impressions…

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Who are these young pups?

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To the ends…

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Ukraine and Russia… it’s more fun with friends…

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The Russian Speaking community is fantastic!

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Across deserts and mountains

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SPS Cuba (previously forbidden places)

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Building relationships in the Persian community and then not getting allowed to see them was tough, but I’m happy to say Persian language packs in SharePoint 2010 on have a small contribution in part to my relationship with an MVP who’s business is in Dubai that I met 10 years ago.  Thanks Neo!


Thanks much to the whole community, with special mention to those who left a whole in my heart…

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I miss you!  Dave, John, Abir, and Patrick

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!  Happy New Year!  Thanks to the community… it’s been a lot of fun these past 10 years!


Thanks to those that believed in me and made it enjoyable.  I really love our community…  I hope you can see that.  The recognition has always been just a bonus, but it does mean a lot.  It’s been a lot easier to find people when they’ve been recognized by Microsoft. Community does change lives.


Ignite 2017 SharePoint Cliff Notes

Cliff Notes from Microsoft Ignite on SharePoint, OneDrive, and Office 365 and SharePoint 2019

  • Microsoft 365 == Office 365 ++
  • Bing for Business – data from both on-premises and cloud resources can be embedded in the same search results list using Microsoft Graph and AI to connect relevant contextual data from Office 365 and Internet based Bing results based searches. There is a preview.  When you search for a file, regardless the file type, you can preview the file directly in the search result without opening or downloading it.
  • Linkedin data coming to profiles in Delve and Graph, more to be announced for developers
  • New Office 365 App Launcher
  • Teams is the new shizz. It is taking front and center as intelligent communications.  It is getting call in support for meetings, better SharePoint integration, better everything integration and development support for much more.
  • New Yammer Vision/Roadmap think of it as the outer ring of communication.
  • Flow deeper SharePoint integration including column list access and support in SharePoint 2019
  • SharePoint 2019 TAP and Preview is open. https://aka.ms/sptap (Code: SPT232).
  • OneDrive announcement – When you share a document with outside users, they will receive one email with the shared document and one email with a one-time passcode. Then they can access, view, or edit the document even if they don’t have an Office 365 account.
  • OneDrive Files On-Demand is also now generally available which allows you to sync OneDrive files to File Explorer and manage your files directly through File Explorer without utilizing any of your device’s storage.
  • Microsoft’s SharePoint Migration Tool was also launched today. This allows users to migrate home directories, file shares, and document libraries to Office 365
  • SharePoint Hub sites were announced. This allows you to organize your intranet bringing associated sites together and create cohesion with shared navigation and look-and-feel.
  • New Security Controls – site classification, conditional access based on location and device
  • OneDrive UI improvements including sharing files from explorer
  • New Templates and Designs – SharePoint Mobile Natively – Communication Sites improvements

SharePoint Community Launch in Morocco in Casablanca and SharePoint Days

I really enjoyed helping launch the newest community in the SharePoint World.  The community in Casablanca was born this week.  We had a great first User Group meeting followed by SharePoint Days Casablanca a 2 day conference attended by over 100 people not including the speakers which came in from across the world… Canada, US, Belgium, France, and more.  We had about 20 speakers on what is primed to become an annual French speaking conference in Casablanca.

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With some of the new SharePoint community in Casablanca

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Speaker lunch on the last day at the event outside.  To the right front is Hassan.  He was the one who helped kick off the ideas of a User Group in Casablanca and helped organize the event.  As well, big kudos to Serge Trembley for helping organize the speakers and inviting me to come.

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Nicolas Georgeault and Serge were the speakers at the first SharePoint User Group in Morocco hosted by Microsoft at the Offices in Casablanca.

I made a lot of new friends and learned a few new words in French.  For those that attended my sessions… here are the links.

 

SharePoint Days Casablanca

Day 1: Planning Your Enterprise Search Strategy

Day 2: Power User Search Tips for SharePoint and Office 365

 

Search Tips and Tricks infographic …  I’m working with Serge on a new French version of SharePoint Search Tips and Tricks and hope to have it in the next couple of weeks.

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SharePoint Community ALS Icebucket Challenge… What’s all the Fuss about?

A couple years ago if someone asked me what ALS was I’d guess it was a technical term related to some kind of security token.  Then I found out I had a good friend who had Lou Gherigs disease.  I’d heard of that, but didn’t know anyone personally who had it.  The past few years I’ve been blessed with some incredible global travel experiences and opportunity to launch communities and training in some amazing parts of the world… from China, Vietnam, and Philippines to Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.  After that trip I found out that our Sharing the Point reporter and blogger John Anderson, was inflicted with ALS.  At that time it was very private, but he wanted to let us know that it may be his last trip with us.  He was noticeably shaking and told us about how much harder it was to type.  We were able to do one more trip to Africa where we hiked Kilimanjaro and launched a SharePoint user group in Kenya. (Yes, the one that met a year later on the day of the shooting in Nairobi.)  John was able to go on a Serengeti safari while we were on the mountain.  This would be our last trip with him.  He is now in a wheel chair.  The Bamboo solutions team still considers him part of the team which is awesome.  They’ve seen him through this awful disease.  I’m sure he doesn’t like this attention that he’s getting.  He doesn’t want to be an example, but I think it helps to put a face to what happens.

John Anderson’s experience explained in his own IceBucket challenge

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http://youtu.be/ZFbq_-GsZvI

 

Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw my first IceBucket challenger.  It was Bill Gates putting something he had constructed to dump ice on his head.  It was pretty awesome to see him challenge Mark Zuckerberg and see him accept.  Bonnie Surma had sent me the link and said… Wouldn’t it be great to get the SharePoint community involved in this?

I was busy with my move to the San Diego area, and while I would have loved to have gotten involved I was concerned I couldn’t give it the attention it needed. So I blew it off, until I was in Houston for work, and Naomi Moneypenny asked me if I would accept the challenge if she challenged me at the Houston SharePoint User Group meeting.  I told her… Sure! I’d accept, and please bring an extra bag of ice for me.

So Naomi takes the lead…

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152694101877803

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Kanwal, Naomi, Richard, Sean

 

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Mark Rackley and Benjamin Niaulin and even Todd Klindt

 

 

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That night 5 SharePoint people did the #ALSIceBucket challenge right in front of me.  I was last to go, and took the opportunity to challenge a few friends who were with me when John shared his ALS story.  I challenged Dux Raymond Sy @meetdux , I mentioned Bamboo in my story @bamboonation , Michael Noel @michaeltnoel , and Mark Miller @eusp .

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Dux took the challenge and despite being in Singapore he arranged to make it happen.

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https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204157915849217&set=vb.1265814695&type=2&theater

 

Team Bamboo joins the challenge and challenges the SharePoint Product Team, SharePoint MVPs, and the Partners and community.  http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/bambooteamblog/archive/2014/08/25/team-bamboo-is-back-to-battle-against-als-in-a-really-cool-way.aspx

 

Here are a few more links:

 

Bill Gates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS6ysDFTbLU

 

Satya Nadella

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YDxB6hXWYc

 

Jeff Bezos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFVezzjAhFY

 

Kermit the Frog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydQkOe-R7k8

 

Wes Preston

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152329394906868&set=vb.729726867&type=2&theater

 

Sean McDonough

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204629540088143&set=vb.1524267525&type=2&theater

 

Mark Rackley

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204574169614697&set=vb.1247691014&type=2&theater

 

Michael Gannotti

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152701479089047

 

Sarah Haase

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10203437752242904

 

Richard Harbridge

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152234587891975&set=vb.510601974&type=2&theater

 

Kanwal Kipple

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154486946180099&set=vb.708800098&type=2&theater

Todd Klindt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cO3anx5DZY

 

Heather Newman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=taIOdEMN4Cw

 

Dan Holme

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152606689513955&set=vb.671783954&type=2&theater