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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Sterner

What I will remember from 2020

Updated: May 2, 2022

What is a blog for if not to remember the past💁🏻‍♀️, here are the things I will remember from 2020.

Me a Microsoft MVP? On 1st of February, I got my Microsoft MVP award in Office Apps and Services for 2020-2021, something I still can’t wrap my head around almost one year later. If I compare my community life before and after the award I wouldn’t say there’s a big difference, maybe that I’m more fearless now and think yolo let’s try things what can go wrong 😎. Here you can read all about what I wrote about my award back in february.

Two minutes after I read the email about the award

Teamsdagen and ACM Teams

Another big thing from this year is Teamsdagen, a Microsoft Teams focused conference I’m organizing together with Mårten Hellebro, Linus Cansby and Theodora Malmström. We had our first IRL event in March, the day before the world shut down, we still joke about the last conference ever. The day was amazing, and I had so much fun, here you can read the blog post I wrote about it.

Teamsdagen in March

Since the event was such a success, we decided we should also do a virtual conference, we did it and it was amazing. Teamsdagen Studio Online had over 2200+ registered, three different studios with so many great speakers. I was host for our user studio and wow it was a hectic but thrilling day. Now we are planning Teamsdagen Studio Online number 2 that will take place in March 2021.

Teamsdagen Studio Online in October, me outside "my studio"

Besides Teamsdagen I also got the chance to start a usergroup about adoption and change management for Microsoft Teams called ACM Teams Europe together with Karoliina Kettukari, Alexander Eggers, Michael Roth and Edyta Gorzon – it’s been a pleasure to get to know all of you 💜. So far, we’ve had four online gatherings, and it’s only the start! Check out our website for more details!

Me and my lovely co-hosts 😍

Speaking at conferences

Speaking in public is something I find super scary, but something I want to become better at. 2020 was not the year to develop this skill. I got the chance to speak IRL at a female forum for a big Swedish company in February and there was Teamsdagen in March but otherwise there’s been a lot of things going on online. I’ve had the chance to talk at Teamsfest X 2, Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon, Commsverse, Teams Day Online 2, have an interactive session at Microsoft Ignite, Stockholm SAFe Meetup and Microsoft Reactor London, thanks all for having me 🥰🥰. At speaking here on my blog you can see the recordings where recordings are available 😊. This was truly the year of “stage photos” by the desk – wow I can’t wait to get my real office soon with a screen, some proper lighting and an office chair!!

Since mini-me is joining us in 2021 I don’t think 2021 will be the year to develop my public speaking skill, but in 2022 I’ll be wild 🚀. And before that you can hear me virtually at:

Scottish Summit on Modern Teamwork with Teams as a Platform – why and how with real life demos with Karoliina Kettukari and Commsverse - Collaborating in a Universal Workplace on Collaboration Success Stories panel with Martina Grom, Tom Arbuthnot and Steve Goodman.

What about the blog?

I haven’t forgotten about the blog, it’s been quite obvious what kind of year we’ve had when I’m looking at my post popular post. With a staggering 257 THOUSAND views a lot of people wanted to know how to fake breakout rooms – well thank you Microsoft now the real functionality is actually there in Microsoft Teams 🙌🏻. A lot of people also read my post on how to get a moving background in Microsoft Teams – I’m not using this a lot but it’s still pretty cool.

Other exciting things is my collaboration with BizApps MVP Carina Claesson, so far we’ve written two posts on our worlds colliding and I really enjoy working with Carina 😊. You can read the posts here: The best from both worlds - Office Apps & Services and BizApps combined and here: What is Dataverse for Teams, when to use it and when not to?

What about next year?

What will be my focus next year? Well besides getting a proper home office, doing Teamsdagen Studio Online and ACM Teams Europe and continue learning about Microsoft Teams, my focus will be on learning how to combine being a mother and loving what I work with 👶🏻.


Thanks to all of my community friends, old and new, for making 2020 what it was 💖.



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