This past September (2012) I attended my first SQL Saturday in San Diego. After the SQL Saturday event I went to the after party where I had the opportunity to network with some wonderful people. One of them being Benjamin Nevarez (b|t). He asked me if I had thought about speaking at a SQL Saturday. I told him that I wasn’t considering it for another year. He told me, “Why wait? Speak at the next SQL Saturday. There will be one in Orange County in the spring.”
I thought the idea was insane. I hadn’t done any technical speaking in years, like over 15 years….and I’ve never written my own content. OK, once I wrote my own content, but that was also over 15 years ago.
But he got me thinking…
By November I had decided I would submit an abstract to TWO SQL Saturdays one in Orange County, and the other in San Diego in the fall. By December I had bought myself a laptop and had decided to speak at FIVE events in 2013. It’s the end of March, and guess what? I’ve already spoken twice, I will be speaking again on Thursday, and then I finally get to speak at the Orange County SQL Saturday. I added up all the possible engagements and I have a possible NINE events for the year (4 User Group Meetings, 4 SQL Saturday Events, and if I’m a lucky ducky the coup de grace… PASS Summit). I’ve also just agreed to organize and moderate a Women’s In Technology (WIT) panel for the Orange County SQL Saturday. I’ve very excited to have a panel of women talk about how to get our youth involved in STEM programs (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).
I’ve enjoyed myself so much speaking at the events. Yes, I was nervous, but it is so gratifying to share knowledge, to help solve problems, and to watch the light bulb go on when they see how they can leverage their new found knowledge.
Where to find me this year
If you would like to hear me speak about SQL Server Reporting Services, you can find me at these events.
- Orange County User’s Group – April 4th, 2013
- SQL Saturday #201 – Orange County, CA – April 20th, 2013
- San Diego BI User’s Group – May 2013 (Tentative)
- San Bernardino User’s Group – June 2013
- SQL Saturday #214 – Louisville, Kentucky – July 13th, 2013 (Applied)
- SQL Saturday – San Diego, CA – September, 2013 (Will apply)
- PASS Summit – October 2013 (Applied)