Category Archives: SQL Saturday

The Chocolate Beach: SQL Style

I am humbled and honored to have been selected to present my “Backup Strategies are for Losers” presentation at the inaugural SQL Saturday for Cocoa Beach, Florida.  This is SQL Saturday #231 as well as being the first for the Space Coast SQL Users Group, so please make your way to the chocolate beach on July 27th for a great day of SQL Learning.

You can register here, come on you know you want to hit the beach for the weekend.  There is also a group rate code for the Hilton (SQLP), where the event is being held, that expires tomorrow (June 28th).  You can reserve your room here.  However, I will be staying just down the road at the Courtyard where my wife and I stayed on our wedding night before our honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Enjoy!

The Chocolate Beach courtesy of Space Coast SQL User Group

T-SQL Tuesday #41 – Why I Love Presenting

T-SQL Tuesday

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday blog meme is brought to us by Bob Pusateri (blog|twitter) and the subject is “how did you come to love presenting?

For me I am not sure that I am at that point.  I love being a presenter, I love going to the speaker dinners for SQL Saturday events, I love meeting other speakers and talking about presenting, but in all honesty I am not sure that I am in love with presenting.  But I am getting there.  Presenting still terrifies the hell out of me, but it is a fear that I set out to conquer last year as a goal in my personal development plan.

For a long time, if  an activity involved a public speaking component I avoided it like the plague.  Seriously.  I am not kidding here.  I coached Dixie Youth baseball and Pop Warner football and every year I had to give a first practice speech.  I would spend a couple of sleepless nights and I would vomit several times before muttering something from my note cards and then quickly move on to begin the practice.  The last few years I stopped doing it all together and went around to the parents individually and this worked much better for me.  Crisis averted.  Problem put back on the shelf for a later date.

After several SQL Saturdays, I started to think that I could do this again.  Some time ago, I was a consultant that also provided week-long training courses in addition to programming and DBA work in Progress 4GL RDBMS, but all of the material that I presented was created by a team (similar to a Microsoft training course) of professionals.  Whenever I got nervous in those courses, I could always go back into the material as it had notes on the slides.  It was fool-proof, and after doing them over and over I was a pro at it.  But after not doing this for twelve years, the fear took over again.

After presenting a lightning talk in Pensacola, a couple of user group meetings and a few SQL Saturdays, the fight or flight reflex has lessened and the vomiting is non-existent.  I can do this, I am doing this, and I will conquer this.  I can proudly say that I brushed the fear back and now think that I am getting better at this.  I am starting to love presenting, it has a foothold in the depth of my being.  What about you?

Looking for Humorous Backup/Recovery Stories

While preparing my newest presentation, I thought the best way to teach backup and recovery is through humorous stories revolving around horrific backup and/or recovery incidents.  I have a couple, but I thought I would open this up to the SQL community and see if there were some really outrageous ones out there.  I can cite you (or not if you choose to remain anonymous) in my presentation and tell your story to help teach the world about SQL Server Backup and Recovery.   You can simply e-mail me at Ed at SQLGator.com or comment on this post.

Thanks for your help.

Jacksonville SQL Saturday

In less than a month from today, I am honored to be presenting a new session called “Backup Strategies are for Losers!” at SQL Saturday #215 in Jacksonville, Florida.  This is a new session and the first session created after attending Buck Woody’s (B|T) workshop on how to be a better speaker.  If you came out and saw some of my earlier sessions over the last year, then please come back out and let me know what you think.

If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for it is free training!  See you there!

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SQL Saturday 192, Tampa Has Come and Gone But Left Its Mark!

This past weekend was SQL Saturday 192 in Tampa.  Being my home user group event always makes this event special, however this was the first time I spoke at my home SQL Saturday and that made it an event that I will always cherish.  In addition, this year, I took in a full day pre-con training on Friday with Buck Woody (b | t) and quite frankly it changed my life.  How many times can you say that about a SQL training, let alone a $99 training?

I know what you’re thinking, believe me I do.  How can a one day training change your life?  I have spoken at two SQL Saturdays prior to this event and a couple of times at a couple of user group meetings so to say that I was a speaking novice would be an accurate term in my eyes anyway.  In addition, I have had no formal training in public speaking except for the semester speech class that I nervously tried to avoid and almost vomited every time I stood up in front of the class.

This journey began in 2011 as I resolved myself in Andy Warren’s Professional Development Plan session at the Tampa BI SQL Saturday.  I wanted to conquer this fear of public speaking and give back to the community.  It seemed pretty simple.  I had no idea how hard it would be and with my fight or flight instincts many times I wanted to just run away, but I did not want to embarrass myself in this community and that held me accountable.

After taking Buck’s class entitled “Creating Your Best Technical Presentation: A Speaker Workshop,” I now feel that I have the skills necessary to put together a decent presentation and deliver it without embarrassing myself.  The presentation this past Saturday went well considering that I did not rewrite it, I also did not want to run or vomit and those are great things in my book. Now I have to go back and rewrite my presentation with the skills that I have learned.  If you ever get the opportunity to take this class at a local SQL Saturday near you, do it!

Enjoy!

SQL Saturday #192 Tampa in a Few Days

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We interrupt our series on replication, to remind everyone that this Saturday is SQL Saturday Tampa.  Our Tampa user groups are proud to present a stellar lineup and three pre-con trainings this year focusing on DBA, BI, and professional development.  The pre-cons are as follows:

  1. For the DBAs: SQL Server Internals from the practical angle by Dmitri Korotkevitch
  2. For the BI enthusiasts: Taking the Next Step with Reporting Services by Jessica Moss

  3. For Professional Development: Creating Your Best Technical Presentation: A Speaker Workshop by Buck Woody (Come sit with me in this session with all of the cool kids!)

Keep in mind that we have moved to Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus to accommodate our recent growth and to allow us to host more speakers featuring eight tracks this year with 46 sessions lined up.  Here is a map of the layout so that you do not get lost:

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If you have not registered yet, what are you waiting on?  Register now and avoid the rush!

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SQL Saturday #192 Tampa

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We interrupt our series on replication, to remind everyone that next week is SQL Saturday Tampa.  Our Tampa user groups are proud to present a stellar lineup and three pre-con trainings this year focusing on DBA, BI, and professional development.  The pre-cons are as follows:

  1. For the DBAs: SQL Server Internals from the practical angle by Dmitri Korotkevitch
  2. For the BI enthusiasts: Taking the Next Step with Reporting Services by Jessica Moss

  3. For Professional Development: Creating Your Best Technical Presentation: A Speaker Workshop by Buck Woody

Keep in mind that we have moved to Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus to accommodate our recent growth and to allow us to host more speakers featuring eight tracks this year with 46 sessions lined up.

If you have not registered yet, what are you waiting on?  Register now and avoid the rush!

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SQL Saturday Updates

It is an honor and privilege to be selected to present at SQL Saturday Tampa on March 2, 2013.  We will be at a new location this year, Hillsborough Community College in beautiful Ybor City, due to our growth over the last couple of years.  In addition, we have three pre-cons this year and I will be attending the “Creating Your Best Technical Presentation: A Speaker Workshop” by Buck Woody (b|t).  Hopefully, after this session, my presentation skills will continue to improve before my session on that Saturday.  If the winter blues got you down then head down to beautiful Tampa for a warm weekend of SQL learning and register for SQL Saturday #192.

This year I will finally get to attend two other SQL Saturdays that are in the relative vicinities.  In the past there was always something going on during those two weekends.  As it stands, I am planning on submitting my newest session, Backups: Getting the Most Out of Your Storage, to both of those events.  Curious as to what they are?

SQL Saturday Jacksonville (#SQLSat215) will be April 27th and SQL Saturday Atlanta is tentatively scheduled for May 18th.  Come on out and join me at all three of those events and maybe one of them will have some SQLKaraoke for the after event!  Enjoy!

 

 

SQLSat86 Session Review: Andy Warren’s ‘Building a Professional Development Plan’

The most popular blog post for 2012, enjoy!

SQL Swampland

Before we begin, I must first admit that when I saw ‘Building a Professional Development Plan’ in the SQL Saturday 85 Schedule in Orlando back in September, I was not enthusiastic about attending this session as I thought it was more for consultants or for those looking to start their own business.  Quite simply, I was thinking business plan and not individual plan.  In hindsight, I wish I had attended this session back then, but I digress.

As most everyone knows, Andy Warren is the father of SQL Saturday and his status in the SQL community is legendary.  With that being said I will now list the things that I learned from this session.

  • Generally we do not like setting goals as there is an inherit risk of failure.
  • The professional development plan, or PDP, is essentially your business plan as you are essentially a business with a plan.
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Public Speaking

With the deadline to submit a presentation for SQL Saturday Tampa looming over the next two weeks, I am faced with a dilemma.  Do I scrap my previous presentation and start over or come up with another presentation?  I was not overly satisfied nor happy with my new presentation in Orlando back in October.  I was happy with my presentation in Pensacola in June, however.  I have a few ideas for some new presentations, but I think I might try those out at the user group level first.  Now that I think about it, I may just fine tune my current presentation and work out the kinks.  Thanks for listening while I worked this out in my head.  You are the best listener.

In addition, Thomas Larock (b|t) tweeted a link this morning about the 12 Most Deadly Public Speaking Sins, check it out if you are thinking about speaking.  Please register for SQL Saturday Tampa to be held on March 2, 2013.  See you there!

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