My Speaking Career Continues!

So anyone who has been following me for a while knows I have had a rough start to being a SQL speaker.  From being laughed at to having my passion questioned, I think I got the rockiest start I can imagine.  For someone who has always struggled to put himself in the spotlight, I really thought my speaking career died that day.  I put my VMs on the shelf, archived my slide deck, and basically did nothing speaking wise since that day.

Now, I am emerging from the ashes of that day to speak again!  I spent a lot of time since my last SQLSaturday appearance reflecting on feedback and I came to the conclusion that I either needed to spend a lot more time than what I had to practice or that I just didn’t have it in me to be a speaker.  Either way, I believed my speaking career had come to an end.  I figured that since most of the feedback I had received from experienced speakers was lukewarm at best and they were more experienced than me, it was a sign that my energy may be better spent elsewhere.

I can’t say that I truly accepted that decision, and I’ve spent plenty of time wondering what if.  I have actually lost sleep over that over the months since my first SQLSaturday appearance.

Well, it’s time to cast off that previous feedback and get back in the spotlight!

I am going to be presenting “Building Your First Data Warehouse” at SQL Saturday Wausau.  If you want to come and see what data warehouses are all about we will be building a simple data warehouse (technically, data mart but who’s splitting hairs?) to report on profitability data from the new sample database.  All ETL work will be done in T-SQL so don’t let a lack of SSIS knowledge keep you at bay!  We’ll be covering basic terminology, concepts, and processes.  At the end of the session, you should be able to adequately articulate what a data warehouse is and do , and understand the basic flow behind an ETL process.


5 thoughts on “My Speaking Career Continues!

  1. Good luck! I’m sure it will all go well.

    • Post Author Jesse Seymour

      Thanks! I am hoping it goes better than the last time 🙂 I suppose though in all fairness my non-experienced speaker attendees last time had all positive feedback, the lukewarm semi-negative was from the experienced speakers who were critiquing me. In retrospect, perhaps they were being a bit more meticulous in their assessments.

  2. It’s natural to be nervous speaking in front of an audience. You’re in a room full of apex predators and all of their eyes are on you. Just keep in mind that everyone there wants you to do well, is on your side and they’re not going to eat you.

    Good luck!

    • Post Author Jesse Seymour

      Thanks! Speaking in public has always been unnatural at best for me, so it’s going to take a lot of work to overcome that. I guess the best way to do it is one session at a time 🙂

  3. Focus on the content, which you know and put the past out of your mind. Best wishes!

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