Next to my regular job as either developer/architect I enjoy teaching classes about SharePoint. Ultimately, when I do that, my goal is to inspire people. If I can’t attain that goal, at least I want to explain the concepts included in the course as clear as possible and add some additional related topics in the mix so students can place a topic in better perspective and hopefully provide some depth most other teachers wouldn’t bring to the table. So, that way, when I wasn’t the one who actually wrote the material of a course (which is often the case), at least I personalize the course to my liking to give it a unique flavor.
I always offer my students a chance to start earlier or continue after the official end of the day, I don’t mind working longer if I find a student is eager to learn more about SharePoint. In addition, I also offer students to stay later if they want to learn about additional SharePoint topics not included in the course. Surprisingly, at least to me, it is rare that someone accepts this offer, maybe only 1 person out of a 100.
The opposite is also true. I find that an extensive and high quality lunch and stopping exactly on time (or better: finish a little bit earlier) are key factors for a succesful course. It’s not that I’m a bad teacher, which would explain why people are intent to leave as soon as possible, because I get excellent reviews. So, I’ve come to understand and accept that not everybody is as enthousiastic as I am about SharePoint (nor should everybody be).
However… There is one fact that I would like to change. Whenever I teach an end user SharePoint class and whenever I reach the part about blogs and wiki’s, I’d really like my students to share some of my enthousiasm about these topics, I’d really like my students to see the value in those concepts, and I’d really like my students to understand the value of blogs and wiki’s in an enterprise environment. Up until now, I get a “I feel your passion about this topic, but I don’t think it’s something for me or my company”.
This blog post is read by an audience which shares my enthousiasm about blogs and wiki’s, and I would be most interested to hear what you would say to convince end users to get enthousiastic about blogs and wiki’s in an enterprise environment?