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The Surprise MVP - EP. 32

This episode of Conversations with Tech Experts features Scott Helmers, Microsoft MVP and LinkedIn Learning Instructor. He joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss how Microsoft surprised him with MVP status and how LinkedIn Learning courses are created. Scott begins with stories from early in his tech career, including being drawn to technology after using an old IBM computer and a Mod. 33 Teletype machine while in college in Vermont. They go on to discuss his career in technology, and how he didn't know what a Microsoft MVP was until he was notified that he had won the award. The conversation finishes with Scott describing why he enjoys being a LinkedIn learning instructor, and how it's different than other programs he's been involved with.

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Scott HelmersVisio MVP, Consultant, Trainer, Author, and Developer
Scott Helmers is the author of five books, including Visio 2016 Step by Step, Visio 2013 Step by Step, and Visio 2010 Step by Step (Microsoft Press), and is a course author for LinkedIn Learning ( He is a business process consultant, application designer, and trainer who is constantly fascinated and energized by the power of Visio, for which Microsoft has named him a Most Valuable Professional every year since 2008. He’s a co-inventor of TaskMap (, a Visio add-in for documenting all aspects of any business process, and has assisted clients in 10 countries. When not at his keyboard Scott can be found riding his bicycle or dabbling in amateur theater.

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Conversations with Tech Experts is a monthly podcast where we discuss timely industry topics with the people on the front line. In this series, we talk to developers, consultants, CTOs, and more to give you exclusive insights from the best of the best. We'll bring you emerging trends, tips for success, and relatable anecdotes from industry experts who know their stuff.