We’ve cancelled our upcoming Meetups in April and May due the loss of our venue (due to corona virus worries) though we would have probably cancelled them anyway. Our lunch meetups – typically 5 to 10 attendees – remain scheduled, but we’ll evaluate those as we get closer to the dates. For the most part […]Read more "SQLOrlando Update"
One the things I’ve been doing over the last year is sending out a monthly reminder email of upcoming events. Not revolutionary, I know. I’m sharing what we do now to make that newsletter happen. It’s definitely a process that continues to evolve as we balance effort and value to those on the various lists. […]Read more "Building the Monthly Newsletter for SQLOrlando"
Code Camp will be March 28th, 2020 at Seminole State College. The fifteenth consecutive year! They are definitely interested in developer/end user SQL content and would like at least one full track of SQL topics. So…submit something! Call for speakers closes Feb 17.Read more "Call for Speakers for Orlando Code Camp 2020 is Open"
Feb 29, 2020 is the date for SQLSaturday Tampa, number 951. The call for speakers is open through January 10th, so you don’t have much time to get something submitted! I’ve submitted a couple of sessions already and may also be on a panel that Dale and team are working on.Read more "SQLSaturday Tampa 2020 (On Leap Day!)"
I want to wrap up the notes on SQLSaturday by writing about my approach to managing events that I’ve evolved at SQLSaturday but definitely applies to most events and perhaps to many things beyond that. I don’t that it’s original, when I searched I found it be somewhat similar to the six thinking hats, but […]Read more "SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – The Five Hats"
One of the things we’ve done most years in Orlando is to print poster sized schedules. This started out as a supplement to giving everyone a printed schedule and soon replaced it. Posting a handful of these is easy and when the schedule changes, you just send someone with a Sharpie to update them. As […]Read more "SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – Large Printed Schedules"
We just had our final event of the year and looking back, not bad at all. No event in June or November, but 18 overall (16 listed below, plus SQLSaturday, plus I forget to add the half day precon SQLGrease did on Sep 27). Looking at the list I realize we need to work on […]Read more "SQLOrlando 2019"
One of the choices you make as an organizer is whether to buy anything that you want use or give away at the end of the event. Owning nothing means nothing to store or hand over to the next organizer, no guessing whether it’s worth spending money this year to save money or make things […]Read more "SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – Owning Stuff"
For the past few years we’ve had a a local sponsor provide cupcakes as the “sweet treat”. We started with mid afternoon but found it worked well if we did right before the end of day raffle gathering. It’s a chance for a bit of networking and it’s a buffer to give attendees something to […]Read more "SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – Cupcakes & Ice Cream"
I like to say that the goal for any event is to meet the expectations of attendees. The trick is to set the expectations because if you don’t, they will set their own! That’s the case with coffee. It’s not required to have coffee, but if you’re not providing that best to message it loud […]Read more "SQLSaturday Orlando Notes – Coffee"