Our Busy Busy, Datachix-sy Schedule Revised as of 8/23/2011

Audrey and I had to have an emergency board meeting tonight to discuss the state of the DatachiXiness.  We are completely stoked (and a little verklempt) about the upcoming months:

September 8th

Audrey previews her Summit Spotlight Session at 24 Hours of PASS,  T-SQL Awesomeness – 3 Ways to Write Cool SQL   (also our writing partner Aaron Nelson (Blog | Twitter)  is appearing in this event as well, see here for his session Why PowerShell on September 7th).

September 17th– SQL Saturday 89 Atlanta

Audrey and I are helping to organize a truly fantastic SQL Saturday event in our hometown of Atlanta.  We are also putting on a couple of Pre-Cons.  This event is going to be amazing, with national as well as local talent appearing.  See here for details.

And now for the Big Show:  PASS Summit 2011 October 11-14

Audrey will be delivering two sessions,  Summit Highlight T-SQL Awesomeness – 3 Ways to Write Cool SQL and a lightning talk entitled How to Make Your Data Model Suck Less.

And thanks to you good SQL Community Voting People, I will also be speaking!  My session with Aaron Nelson ETL Smackdown:  PowerShell vs SSIS was one of the 5 selected community sessions!  I was truly speechless to have been included on the ballot with some of the most respected folks in our community.  It was an exceptional honor–thank you SO much!

SQL Saturday #41

SQL Saturday #41 is in the bag, and once again, I’m grateful that I had a chance to present.  I promise to post my presentation within the next couple of days.  Big, giant shoutout to Stu Ainsworth and the whole Atlanta team for putting together an amazing day.  Met some really cool people, including, but not limited to:  Jen McCown of MidnightDBA.com, Louis Davidson of DrSQL.org, Mark Tabladillo of MarkTab.net.  And of course, I have to mention Geoff Hiten’s daughters… they cracked me up and made me think that maybe I should bring my teenager to the next event.  Enjoyed some hilarious conversations in the speakers room, and got to listen in on a disturbing/interesting conversation on plagarism.  Seriously, you plagarizers out there… Quit stealing people’s stuff!  Events like these remind me why I love data and what wonderful company I have in this industry. 

The presentation went pretty well… It was a bit disconcerting to be handed a stack of speaker evaluations afterwards.  Swear to whatever diety is paying attention, I couldn’t look at them until after I got home.  But, all things being said, I was happy with it.  To the woman who had the comment, “Was expecting more on data warehousing”, well, so was I.  That’s what I get for putting together the abstract before I fully think through the presentation.  I think I’ve decided that Dimensional Modeling needs a presentation all its own.  So, whoever you are, if you read this, I promise to give the dimensional side of the house the time it deserves. 

I learned a few things about speaking: 

1) Less is more.  I totally ran out of time, and knew I would going in.  Next time, I’m taking on less and giving myself time to have more interaction with the audience.

2) I need to go with my gut.  I KNEW that my oh-so-clever self-referencing relationship was a stretch, but I went with it anyway.  However, I loved the fact that the audience was engaged enough to question my design.  Means they’re awake!

3) I need to be a less frantic presenter.  I watched Jen McCown present, and she was as cool as the other side of the pillow.  I’m going for that laid back, “I totally belong here” vibe next time.

4) I’m recording my presentation from now on.  When Mark Tabladillo’s laptop decided to go belly-up on him 2 minutes before the beginning of the presentation, he had a flash drive ready with recorded demos. 

5) I say this with a shrug and a sigh… I totally need to be on Twitter.  Damn it.