I just got the email for the #SQLSatMadison Call for Speakers. Now the question is do I submit a session for the event? I did enjoy speaking there last year, but would the event be better off if I don’t submit, presumably to give another new speaker a chance to cut their teeth. As readers may or may not recall, my session there was met with mixed reactions. The people who came to learn all had good feedback, but the experienced speakers had lukewarm reactions.
It’s a dilemma for sure…
If I do speak, I have a few ideas for sessions that I wanted to give (mainly as an excuse for me to learn more about these topics). The shortlist is as follows:
- PowerBI and the Quest for Clean Data – this session would talk about modeling and cleaning data within PowerBI
- BIML Me! Extracting and Loading Data using BIML/SSIS – fairly self-explanatory title
- The Unofficial Beginner’s Guide to Organizing a SQLSaturday – not sure if PASS allows this but if it’s ok I’d like to do this session
- Blogging for Data Professionals – how to set up a blog, organize content, generate ideas, and use your blog to further your career
One thing I notice is that there are not many professional development sessions at SQLSaturday events which I think is a missed opportunity. You can be the greatest technical SQL person in the world, but if you can’t develop and manage your career than what good does it do? How many people are you helping by keeping yourself in the technical shadows?
So, gang, what do you think? Should I submit one of these sessions or just enjoy the event as an attendee?