To Speak or Not To Speak (#SQLSatMadison 2018)…

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?

2 thoughts on “To Speak or Not To Speak (#SQLSatMadison 2018)…

  1. Submit 🙂 Work on the abstracts, make sure you’re comfortable delivering all the sessions you submit, ask your network for feedback and go for it. It’s the organizers’ responsibility to create a balanced schedule, and the more sessions they have to pick from, the better. You choosing not to submit does not automatically mean someone else will get the chance instead. Go for it. We’re here to support you 🙂

    • Post Author Jesse Seymour

      Well after organizing my own SQLSaturday event I don’t want to submit a bunch of sessions that no one would be interested in. My original thinking was of making it easier for the event organizers to wade through the sessions by not sending in submissions that wouldn’t attract an audience. 🙂

      However, I will probably submit at least 2 of the 4 sessions. The upcoming holiday season will give me a good amount of time to work on them.

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