Do You Need Help?

As Saturday approaches, and my first ever SQLSaturday event comes with it, I can’t help but think about it… a lot.  I think about all the work that it has been / will be to have this event.  I think about how some people I have talked with are excited about it.  I think about the stress and anxiety I am going through because of the event.  I certainly think about the why behind this effort.

Warning:  this is a soapbox post, so if you don’t like mindless rambling, the back button is in the upper left corner.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that I am doing all of this because I truly enjoy helping people.  SQLSaturday helps SQL Server professionals get a free day of training, helps speakers reach new audiences, and helps sponsors find new customers with new problems to solve.  It really is a win-win for everyone involved.  My win comes from the event helping me to help people.  The only downside is that SQLSaturday Wausau is once a year – more than that and it becomes unfeasible because of the low population in the area and sponsor fatigue.

So how else can I help people?  I can certainly blog about the problems I face and overcome at work.  I can certainly put more effort into the user group that I lead.  These are all good things, but they are indirectly helping others – especially the blog.  I put the content out, and have no idea if I am actually helping anyone.

I want a more direct approach to helping other members of the SQL community.  I put out a call on Twitter for anyone wanting to get more involved in the SQL community to just DM me and I will do what I can to help, but no one took the offer.  My guess is that if people are already active on Twitter, then they already have plenty of resources to solve whatever problem they need.

So the next step in my campaign to help people is to post a blog post that I can occasionally refer people to.  The advantages of doing that here are that I get a lot more than 140 characters to get my point across, and blog posts have a bit more permanence than Tweets.  Following is a list of things I am willing and mostly able to help with:

  • Reviewing abstracts and slide decks for presentations
  • Guiding someone through organizing a PASS Local Group
  • Guiding someone through organizing a SQLSaturday
  • Watching a remote presentation and providing feedback
  • Guiding a new blogger through the first steps to blogging
  • Answering basic technical questions about business intelligence with the Microsoft stack of products
  • Guiding people to engaging with the community on Slack and Twitter

So if you need help, I can help.  Send a DM on Twitter to @JesseBizInt or comment down below and I will reach out as soon as I can!

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