Query Store Pre-Con at the PASS Summit: Is it right for you?

I received an email over the weekend asking about my pre-con at the PASS Summit, my general session at the Summit, and my Query Store course on Pluralsight. The individual wanted to know the requirements for the pre-con, and what overlap exists between these three. Great question. First, feel free to review the abstracts for […]

Thoughts on public speaking / presenting / teaching

A colleague of mine asked me this on Twitter the other day: When you started speaking did you know straight away that it was something you loved doing? My answer: No. It’s a really good question, and I said I’d go more in depth.  We have to go way back in time.  In asking the […]

Upcoming Query Store Sessions

This past weekend at SQLSaturday Cleveland I presented a new session related to Query Store, Ensuring Plan Stability with Query Store.  I went into detail on forcing plans with Query Store and how that compares to Plan Guides, and I had some great questions – it was a really fun presentation.  However, I know a […]

SQLSaturday Cleveland 2017

Cleveland peeps – we are a week away from SQLSaturday Cleveland, are you registered?!  There’s still time if you’re not, AND there is still time to register for one of the fantastic pre-cons we’re hosting this year.  Your options: Tuning Your Biggest Queries with Adam Machanic Data Analytics with SQL Server 2016, R, & Power […]

T-SQL Tuesday #84: Growing New Speakers

This week I’m in Chicago for our last SQLskills Immersion Event of the year, IE0, which is one of my favorite classes to teach.  Jon is on right now talking about security, and I’m up next to talk about backups.  There’s a bit of irony here in that today’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Andy […]

Taking Risks

risk \’risk\ noun : the possibility that something bad or unpleasant (such as an injury or a loss) will happen [reference: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risk] There are risks in life every day.  Some we see very clearly.  Others we don’t even notice.  Some are related to relationships with family and friends.  Some are related to our careers.  And […]

Costumes, PASS Summit, and Argenis Without Borders 2.0

I’ve never been a fan of Halloween. Obviously not because I don’t like candy or chocolate (you all know I like sweets right?).  It’s because I dread the costume. This wasn’t a problem as a kid. My costumes included, in no particular order… A mummy (though I got tangled in a couple trees due to […]

Helping First Time Presenters

Nic Cain (@SirSQL) has a blog post that I highly recommend reading if you attend User Group meetings or SQLSaturdays: An Open Letter To SQLSaturday & User Group Organizers.  I think Nic tells a good story with a very relevant example of how a new speaker could have a negative first speaking experience.  And he […]

An Early Present

It’s Friday. December 20…the last day of the school year for my kids and we wake up to no power, rain, and 40 degree temps. On the way to school my 6-year old daughter threw up in the car. Huh…one of those days. But you know what’s great about today? Voting for the first annual […]

SQL Server Training and Conferences for the Fall

There has been a lot of conversation this week in Twitterverse related to training and conferences in the SQL Server community.  I wanted to share some details and my own thoughts related to a few specific events in which I am involved (and it’s all very exciting!). Training First, Paul announced a new IE event […]

T-SQL Tuesday #41: Presenting and Loving It

I’ve been on a TSQL Tuesday hiatus, which was completely unintentional.  When I read Bob Pusateri’s topic for this month I knew I had to end my sabbatical and get back in the swing of these posts.  Bob’s question was, “How did you come to love presenting?”  Oh Bob…how much time do you have?  It […]

A Poll: Recommendations for New Speakers

This morning I wrote a post on my original blog about presenting. I’m cross-posting here because I want to ask other speakers, and my SQLskills colleagues, for the number one piece of advice they provide to new speakers. Write a quick post, or leave a comment. New presenters want to hear from you, and I […]