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Tips to promote your SQL Saturday #1

This is the first post in a series on tip and tricks on how to promote your SQL Saturday and/or  your local user group events.

SQL Saturday Cleveland on the Megaphone

 

There are lots of ways to promote your SQL Saturday. Today we will focus on one that is rising in popularity:

Community Megaphone

This site was developed by Microsoft Developer Evangelist Andrew Duthie (aka DEvHammer).  The site welcomes submissions of any and all IT Pro/Developer/IT Community events. A login is not needed to submit an event.  Events may not be immediately available for viewing. I suspect that is to prevent spam. Usually they are up on the site in a day or so. There is also an API that can be used to access the site as a webservice. You do need to register to have that option available. For more information take a look at the About page. I highly recommend the site for community event promotion.

 

 
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AITP Mobile ITCON – Cleveland

Published on July 7, 2012 by in Events

My friends over at the Akron AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) are putting on a one day conference focused on mobile computing. It will be held Saturday August 11th, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Independence. The current sessions are listed here. They are currently looking for a keynote speaker as well as sponsors. If you know anyone who is involved with mobile development, administration, or apps please send this information on to them. This is the first ever event of it’s kind in the Cleveland area and should be a great day of learning and networking.

 
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Pittsburgh Techfest

Published on June 12, 2012 by in Presenting, Speaking
Pittsburgh Techfest

Pittsburgh Techfest

Last weekend I spoke at the 1st ever Pittsburgh Techfest. My topic was SQL Server 101 for IT Pros. Basically a survival guide for non-DBAs. The session went well with lots of good questions. Thanks to all who attended.  Below please find the link to the slide deck:

 

SQL Server 101 for IT Pros_Techfest

 

 
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SQL Saturday 119 Chicago

Published on May 17, 2012 by in SQL Saturday

I am honored to and excited to be returning to Chicago for the 2nd year in a row to present at SQL Saturday 119.  I’ll be presenting my Upgrade Roadmap: Let’s Delve into SQL 2012. It was very well received at SQLRally and I really think there’s a lot of value there. Hope you can attend.

On Friday 5/18 I will be attending the SQLFriends luncheon organized by Aaron Lowe (Blog | Twitter) and hosted by Ted Krueger (blog | twitter). I really can’t wait to meet some of the great #sqlfamily in ChicagoLand. After that I hope to get some work done on the SQL Saturday 164 sponsorship plans and PASS Program Committee work before the speaker dinner.

 

 
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SQL Saturday #164 Cleveland

I am pleased and excited to announce the 2nd annual SQL Saturday event in Cleveland. The event will be held on August 18, 2012 at the DeVry University campus in Seven Hills, OH. More info to come as we get it.

We are hoping to attract some newbie, local speakers as well as the usual regional and national names that frequent the SQL Saturday circuit. So if you have something you are good at, share it by submitting an abstract today. I also am going to push hard for a Professional Development track as well as I continue to see a need for it.

The good news is that this time around, there can’t be a snowstorm for our SQL Saturday because it’s in August!

 
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SQLRally: Upgrade Roadmap Slide Deck

Published on May 11, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation on upgrading SQL Server yesterday. Below is the slide deck and upgrade advisor rules spreadsheet.

UpgradeRoadmap

 

 
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SQL Saturday 118 Madison Pictures

Published on May 4, 2012 by in SQL Saturday

Last night, I cleaned up and posted the pictures I took at SQL Saturday 118 Madison. Since I was speaking during the first session, I couldn’t take any pictures of those sessions. If you have any and want to share, send me the link and I’ll include it here.

SQL Saturday 118 Photo Gallery

 
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SQL Rally Networking Tips

Published on April 30, 2012 by in Networking, SQLRally

If you are attending the upcoming SQLRally event, one thing that you need to prepare for a little is the networking. No, I’m not talking about networking computers. Networking is the process of meeting and interacting with people in a professional setting, all in the interest of making contacts for a potential long term mutual benefit.

If you are the shy type or maybe a little introverted, the thought of meeting a bunch of strangers might scare you. Here are some tips to help you with this:

  • Learning to network is both a skill and an art form. Everyone has their own approach and the more you do it, the better you get at it.
  • Always have your business cards with you. Not having your card with you makes it harder to exchange contact information. Furthermore, the card serves as a reminder for us to follow up.
  • Don’t be shy. If you see someone at an event or in the hall and they look approachable, walk up and introduce yourself. Odds are, you probably have a lot of things in common with that person.
  • Engage in small talk. “So do you have any SQL Server 2000 left in your environment?” or, “What do you think about the NoSQL movement?” or, “What’s your favorite SQL 2012 feature?” Small talk leads to meaningful conversation.
  • Think quality, not quantity. You can’t meet everyone at the conference. You should be able to remember one detail or thing about each person your meet. That’s a good connection. To help you remember you can write details on the back of their business card, but NOT in front of them. I like to do it at the end of the mixer event or at the end of the day while my memory is still fresh.
  • Make it a goal meeting a specific number of people each day. That’s quantifies it and forces you to action.

Follow up. This is where most people fail in the networking process. They neglect to follow up. Typically you should follow up within 24 hours. But at events like SQLRally, you can relax that and typically follow up early the next week. Why? There’s just no time and everyone is in the same boat in terms of following up on meeting lots of people. Plus, when you get home, you will probably be tired and want to spend time with your family. Don’t wait too long, though as it could send the wrong message that your connection was not valuable.

Take the opportunity to expand your professional network when you attend SQLRally. You won’t be sorry.

 

 

 
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April IT/Security Summit Event Recap

The April IT/Security Summit event was a great success. The event was heavily focused on Higher Education and the Public Sector. I was chosen to present on SQL Server 101 for non-DBAs. The initial vision of the presentation was to deliver a no-nonsense, survival toolkit for SMB’s (small to medium businesses) who did not have or could not afford a full time professional DBA on staff. Basically, a crash course in SQL Server and what it takes to keep it alive and running. My session had around 30 attendees and the reaction was really positive.

Below please find the slide deck from the presentation:

SQL_Server_101_for_IT_Pros

 
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SQL Saturday 118 Madison

Tomorrow I will be flying off to beautiful Madison, WI to attend SQL Saturday #118. I’m really looking forward to this event, as this will be my 1st SQL Saturday of 2012. I will be presenting on Upgrade Roadmap: Let’s Delve into SQL 2012. For lunch we will be having birds of a feather tables, and I volunteered to lead one on professional networking. Should be a good day and I hope to see you there.

 
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