D.J.’s Birthday Bash 2020

D.J.’s Birthday Bash 2020

D.J.'s Big Birthday Bash Ends Soon!








FOUR Investment Opportunities in One!

Black Friday, Cyber Week, DJ's Birthday, December Holidays, End of Year Clearance – take your pick! The reality is, we've got so much going on right now that running different events for each made no sense. So, we just made one big offer!

FOUR Ways For You To Grow!

Here's the reality – you can take all these COVID lockdowns as a time to watch Netflix… or as a time to catch up and get yourself the kind of job security and financial freedom you've been wanting.

I'm putting EVERYTHING I have to offer at “stimulus package” pricing. If you've been waiting for the right time to invest, this is the time. ALL of these prices will be going up in 2021 so do not wait to take advantage of this additional saving!

  • READ: Books to help you in your career –
    • “Be A Citrix Hero”
    • “Just Do THIS” – Premium Hardcover edition, personalized by yours truly
    • The Audiobook and Companion Resources for “Just Do THIS” including a 30-day study guide coming in December
    • For those in the US- a bonus of Dan Miller's “48 Days to the Work You Love”
  • LEARN ONLINE: Online Course Programs
    • The FULL Citrix Hero Program – more than 14 hours of training archives
    • DJ's new IT Assessment Workshop – learn how top-tier consultants conduct assessments
    • Belong to the new Thrive-IT Insiders program – be the first to see valuable training and get access to DJ and the Thrive-IT associates to fast-track your career
    • Access to Office Hours from DJ
    • Access to a private community for your fellow Thrive-IT Insiders
    • Access to focus groups for EUC, Citrix, Career Skills, Methodology and more.

I personally think that we're far from done with the tribulations of 2020. In fact, I think 2021 may be a year of ‘unexpected' adjustments and I want you to be prepared. If you think that your company is going to approve spending budget on you learning how to better your career in 2021… think again. EVERYONE I've talked to about this so far is saying that employees will largely be on their own for developing the skills needed to STAY EMPLOYED.

WHY am I doing this?

2020 has been a hard year for a lot of people. In some ways even with me – but the reality is that I was prepared for it. I kept moving forward with my plans. I've published TWO books, completely on my own. I've stood up additional programs. Started a YouTube channel. Oh, and I've lost over 20 lbs.

“Easy for you to say” is something I've heard and had to laugh. This wasn't easy at all – but I felt a CALLING to provide you with the tools you need to be successful. I'm taking more than 20 years of expertise and giving you what you really need.

What I'm looking for is a few people that are done being victims and ready to step up and learn how to be successful in not only their IT Careers, but in LIFE! But let's be blunt – the other thing I've done is taken the risk in the belief that I will be able to find people willing to invest in themselves directly. My big risk this year has been starting a company devoted to this, and quitting my other work to do it.

This is my life now. I'm committed. No sponsors. No Slush Fund.

What this means is that I'm now DIRECTLY motivated to providing the highest quality information and training I can – I've got two new mouths to feed (okay, they're kittens, but still…)

But if I can get you to take action by offering you lowered prices for a month – so be it. I figure after you get a taste of what is possible – you'll want me to develop even more. And I'll be willing to do it! 

Think of this as me meeting you part of the way, investing in your success.


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Citrix Synergy 2018: Day 0

Citrix Synergy 2018: Day 0

I arrived early for Citrix Synergy this year. I had anticipated a busy pre-conference schedule early on and boy… I was not disappointed!

TL:DR Summary

  • Updated the guide at https://ctxpro.com/synergytips
  • Attended an Executive (NDA) session with CTAs and CTPs
  • Reconnected with several folks
  • Met David Henshall (CEO)
  • Lots of people showed up at the CUGC Pre-Game
  • I met a ton of new people
  • Great time guiding first-timers at the Navigators Reception
  • Did two live videos and a few recorded sessions – exclusive behind the scenes videos at the Citrix Professionals Facebook Group.
  • No Announcements today; watch Twitter.com/TheXenMaster for those and retweet with #CitrixSynergy!
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The Synergy Recap so far

Day 0 for me followed a pretty long day -1 for me as I had flown in Sunday pretty early… so let's cover that quickly.

Day -1 Summary

I was on the plane with some folks from NComputing, which was fun. Yesterday I was actually given one of their Pis (Workspace Hub) at the CTP briefing.

A side view of the lime-green hued NComputing Workspace Hub

After a nap (I don't sleep well on planes), i got registration taken care of- you may have seen the tweets of the bags, but here's a preview:

The 2018 Citrix Synergy Backpack

I have to say I like this year's bag overall. I have downsized my laptop recently, so this fits my needs better. Note that feedback I have gotten is that this year's bag is way better than last year! I very much agree, better padding and it doesn't feel like it is constant trying to dislodge its rear compartment. Good work, Citrix Team.

So after picking up the badge and CTA jacket, I met up with some other CTAs and early arrivers to not only catch up but talk about the Lunch Table talks we are facilitating this week.

The Giveaway desk at Citrix Synergy

Early to bed Sunday night!

Synergy Day 0

CTA/CTP Executive Briefing

Day one started with breakfast and a two hour “what to expect” session where the CEO and other Citrix leadership were letting us know what was coming up and getting our feedback on several areas of operation. I can't discuss these much further, but I can tell you that the praises and concerns that have been voices to me were brought to the attention of the CEO of Citrix… Hard to ask for more of a great way to start, right?

Panoramic view of CTAs and CTPs gathered at Citrix Synergy

Lunch with CTAs and CUGC Leaders

I had an impromptu lunch with a few fellow CTAs and leaders, then was back at my hotel room to prep for the evening.

Live Streams

I decided to go live on Twitter to give a “what to expect when you walk in”.

I then did a Facebook Live behind the scenes tour of what is being set up at the Synergy Park and Expo Hall. To see that, you need to join our FB Group, Citrix Professionals.

CUGC Pre-Game Reception

This event far exceeded our expectations! So many of you were there and made it a point to say hi. I was very glad to be there. I handed out a good number of cards and connected with quite a few friends new and old!

And of course, a little bit of Introvert Power Punch (Alcohol) didn't hurt get conversations flowing. T-Shirts were given out and a good time had by all!

Navigators Reception

This was a very cool way for those that had either never been to Synergy our there after several years to learn what is new. Two hours went by in a flash as I met about 20 or so folks and gsve advice on sessions and themes to look for. My perception is that it was well received- if you were there I'd love to pass your feedback too the team, or just put your feedback into the Synergy App!


As I ended the day with some drinks first at the Marriott, then the Hyatt- I realized that I had talked myself horse. I'd been on my feet some 5 hrs straight, but I went to bed around 11 feeling fine.

What to expect next

Of course I woke up at 4am and started writing this blog… So we'll see what tomorrow brings! Remember to watch for live updates on Twitter and join our Facebook Group for another live session right before the Keynote!

Watch for Citrix demonstrating a much tighter strategy towards a practical Workspace. Cloud and Analytics will be another theme to watch. Remember you can live stream at live.citrixsynergy.com!

Oh… And if you are here- get to the registration desk early to see if they have any more of these pins:

My favorite Synergy button- "Have you tried turning it of and on again?"

I'm adding tips every day to my SynergyTips page! Today's tip is how to smooth out that CUGC T-Shirt!

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