This week I am attending PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle, Washington. PASS Summit is gathering of SQL Data professionals from around the world who come together to learn more about our craft. As most of you reading this site will know, I enjoy sharing and speak at the regional SQL Saturday events. At some point I would like to be able to challenge my self to speaking at a broader audience, and while not an official speaker, I have been selected to compete in a competition for new speakers while at Summit.
This competition is known as SQL Speaker Idol. It will be held in the style of the American Idol singing competition, fortunately for everyone, no singing will be involved. Instead, 12 speakers will be selected to present a 5 minute talk on subject of their choosing, with judging to be done by an expert panel.
So not only will I be speaking, folks will be actively judging me and telling me how terrible I am. On the bright side, I have had lots of support from my local user groups. Both Pinellas SQL Pass and Hillsborough SQL Pass User groups have allowed me to give my presentations at their users groups over the last few weeks. I’ve had comments and suggestions from SQL MVP and MCM folks who have been presenting for years, so I feel somewhat prepared and very well supported.
Luckily my session in on Friday morning, so I have a few more days to prepare, and prepare I will. I have asked a few folks to allow me to take a few minutes of their time over the course of this week to present the session to them and get more feedback; an audience is always better than jabbering away to my self.
So there it is folks. For anyone at PASS Summit, come over to the Community Session room 400 on Friday at 10:15 to cheer me on. I’ve already put the Speak Idol Final on my calendar as I am an optimist. If you’ve got the same faith, put the final on your calendar as well, same room at 2:45.