Speaker Spotlight: Marijn Somers

Speaker Spotlight is your chance to get to know the ESPC22 Speakers! Find out what projects they are most proud of, advice, tips, their favourite films and more!

Introducing Marijn Somers, MVP

Marijn Somers is an Office 365 specialist and Microsoft MVP who has over 16 years of experience implementing the full value of information worker solutions in any organization, large and small. He loves to share his experiences as a speaker on international events and blogger.

In 2016 he launched “Mijn 365 Coach”, a portfolio of video products helping end-users onboard with and on top of the quick-moving world of Office 365. He does consultancy via Balestra and has a podcast called #Office365Distilled.

Please recommend one ESPC22 Session (you can’t pick your own 😊 )

7 ways how Microsoft Teams can Improve you Employee Experience

Why? Easy, next level speakers, combined with THE hottest topic in my favorite app. I will be there, ready to get my mind blown and I know I will walk away with new knowledge.

Of course, Microsoft AMA and SharePint is another session I’m really look forward to.

Can you briefly discuss a project you are most proud of?

I built a great looking intranet a year ago. An awesome team at the customer combined with top notch experts and great change management resulted in an excellent result!

What is your favourite film?

Oooh, this is like asking who your favorite child is! (Fortunately, I only have one..) I have been blown away by a few big blockbusters this year, like Top Gun 2, but I always go back to some old time favorites like Heat, Scent of a Woman or The Maltese Falcon.

What is the best career or life advice you have received to date?

Do what you love. I know, I know, that is silly advice. But really: do what you love, and what people will pay for. If you don’t enjoy it, why do it? But then again, you need to get paid, otherwise you will not be able to keep doing it. So find your niche, find what you excel at and go hard in that! Also, make sure you keep up to date with the rest as well!

Have you any tips on receiving a MVP status?

Talk to MVP’s. Keep a list of all things you do. But most importantly: don’t do it for the status. Do it for the community. Giving back to the community will bring you more joy then the status.

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