Our call for speakers for SQLSaturday #151 in Orlando closes on July 31, 2012. We’ve got room for a handful more of speakers. I just saw Eddie Wuerch send in some abstracts, who else will come to Orlando?Read more "Last Call For Speakers for SQLSaturday Orlando"
Just about a year ago PASS hired Karla Landrum to fill the vacancy of the Community Evangelist and that marked in my view a sea change for the organization – it was the first time we had someone in that role that was passionate about community and was part of the community. Combining those two […]Read more "PASS Is Hiring Another Evangelist–Could It Be You?"
I talk to people about career planning and professional development quite a bit. It’s common to find them wanting to grow, but unsure of how, and more unsure of what is worthwhile. One of the things I recommend most often is to give a presentation at one of the community events. It grows a whole […]Read more "Why You Should Speak at SQLSaturday (Or Any Other Free Event)"
The Tampa IT Pro Camp will be held September 22 at New Horizons in Tampa (different location than last time). It’s the weekend before SQLSaturday Orlando, so I’m just going down for the day (and breaking my no back to back weekend rule for the first time this year). I submitted two presentations, one about […]Read more "Tampa IT Pro Camp Coming on September 22,2012"
I took a break from work today to look in on an informal event a friend was hosting at his office. It was designed to get his team closer to his customers within the business, do some on site immediate assistance, and in general try to make sure they knew the team was there when […]Read more "Fortune Cookie Marketing"
The question was posed on Twitter recently (or perhaps more along the lines of “why can’t we”), suggesting that our current/default hashtags of something like #sqlsat151 might be more useful and more marketing friendly as #sqlsatorl or #sqlsatorlando. I thought I’d share some thoughts in longer form than Twitter allows, keeping in mind that Kendal […]Read more "Should We Customize the SQLSaturday Hashtag on Twitter?"
Back in February I did a presentation for MagicPASS that ran long, maybe 30 minutes over the time allotted. It annoyed me to be so far off, but overall the group seemed ok with continuing and so we did. I thought about it some then, but it wasn’t until I saw someone else do it […]Read more "Presentations That Exceed The Allotted Time"
If there is anything better than a SQLSaturday it’s a SQLSaturday with a choice of great pre-con speakers. This year we’re pleased to have Stacia Misner and Kevin Kline presenting all day sessions on Friday September 28th. Spend the day with either of them for $99. Ask the boss, even beg, and if they say […]Read more "Stacia Misner and Kevin Kline Doing All Day Sessions for SQLSaturday #151"
Quick notes from the MagicPASS meeting: Kendal Van Dyke still the king when it comes to explaining what’s going on with community, SQL, and even Windows 8 (if only he still blogged!) Dinner was macaroni and cheese with ham, salad, and chocolate cookies. No same old pizza here! Jose Chincilla (@SQLJoe) presented PowerPivot + Power […]Read more "Notes from the July 2012 MagicPASS Meeting"
With both Steve Jones and I done with our summer break, we’re ready to continue with several experiments we’ve been thinking on for a while, and to do that, we need mentees! See this post for details. Want to be a mentor? Fill out the short application and we’ll have someone matched to you by […]Read more "The Mentoring Experiment–New Call for Mentees"