Next month will mark the three-year anniversary of the date that I started teaching 5-day training classes open to the public. This has been interesting because I never wanted to be a "trainer" (that seemed boring to me) and I never really liked sitting through classes (also boring). So how did I get here?
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Simple: Our classes aren't boring! (har har!) Seriously though, the only reason I ever started teaching was because so many people asked for it. When I started thinking about the class I'd like to teach, it quickly became clear that this is something I wanted to do "my way" (i.e. this wasn't going to be just another class.)
First and foremost, I wanted to teach an advanced class. I had no desire to teach people how to publish applications or how to use the management console. (After all, there are thousands of CALCs around the world that teach that stuff.) If I was going to teach a class, I wanted to teach advanced topics. I wanted to talk about how the products really worked under-the-hood. That meant that I needed a white board, not lab PCs. And of course I wanted to keep it independent, so that I could talk about the good stuff and the bad stuff.
I taught my first class in June 2004, followed by about five more classes that year. I taught another 10 classes in 2005 before scaling back a bit to my current pace of teaching 4-6 classes per year. (After all, I wanted to still have plenty of time for consulting projects and real work so that what I taught would still be relevant.
The classes really took off in terms of popularity, and I decided to work with some other colleagues in the industry to help me deliver this class. Shawn Bass is one of those colleagues. He's an original Citrix CTP, a fellow BriForum presenter, and he's posted thousands of messages to our forum. He's been teaching our class for a year (also like me spending most of his time consulting and just teaching a few classes a year). It's been great having Shawn help out because he's helped me with the class material and helped to shape and improve the experience.
All this leads to what I'm excited about today. I'm happy to announce that Benny Tritsch will now be teaching this class as well. I've known Benny for years. He and I wrote competing books on Windows 2003 Terminal Services, and he's also a fellow Citrix CTP, Microsoft MVP, and BriForum presenter. (In fact Benny was the driving force behind bringing BriForum to Europe). Benny is bringing his vast experience and flavor to our classes, as well as one thing that neither Shawn nor I can contribute--his knowledge of the German language!
As of today, our classes are available in German, to be taught by Benny Tritsch. The first one will be from June 25-29 in Darmstadt, Germany. We already have several seats filled, but there is still more room if you'd like to enroll.