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 lot of companies have not yet upgraded to SQL Server 2016, therefore many DBAs and developers are still figuring out what Query Store and how it works and if they want to use it (quick answer: you do).  No worries, I’m here to help!  I’ve listed upcoming Query Store sessions below (they are all an introduction to QS) – hopefully I’ll see you at one?  Definitely let me know if you’re coming to the New England UG in April or SQLIntersection in May, it’s always nice to put a face to an email address or Twitter handle!

And lastly, HUGE thanks to the entire SQLSaturday Cleveland team – the organizers, volunteers, and speakers were amazing as usual.  This year I helped with registration in the morning and it was great to greet everyone as they walked in – even those that grumbled about being up so early on a Saturday!  And another shout out to all the speakers that traveled to attend our event.  We *love* having such a diverse group of individuals present on so many different SQL Server topics.  Thank you for making the time to submit, prepare, travel, and give us your best.  We truly appreciate it.

Ok, one more thing…the Patriots won the Super Bowl last night.  Tom Brady is the quarterback of the Patriots and now has won five (5!) Super Bowls.  Tom Brady went to the University of Michigan.  GO BLUE!!

Have a great Monday 🙂

Upcoming Query Store sessions (intro-level)

Tuesday, February 6, 2017 [Remote]: PASS DBA Fundamentals VC

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 [Burlington, MA]: New England SQL Server UG

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 [Orlando, FL]: SQLIntersection

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:

Pre-con cost is $175, which is a deal compared to what it would cost if you attended the same pre-con at the PASS Summit (add in travel costs, and it’s a steal).  Then consider that the group will be much smaller than what it would be at Summit, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to talk directly to Adam or Ginger to ask questions.  It’s a no-brainer…so much so that I’m attending Adam’s session.  I spend a fair bit of time tuning but there is always more to learn and different perspectives are great for improving troubleshooting skills.

So talk to your manager, re-work your schedule for next week, and sign up!  If you’ll be there, stop by and say hi, or say hi on Saturday where I’ll be at the registration desk (warning: I don’t do mornings well so forgive me if I’m in a daze!) and then I’ll be presenting my new Query Store session at 2:45 PM.  I hope to see you there, and happy Fri-yay!

p.s. Don’t forget to print your SpeedPass!  🙂

T-SQL Tuesday #84: Growing New Speakers

T-SQL TuesdayThis 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 Yun, whom I was fortunate enough to see last night at our Happy Hour.  I got to catch up with Andy and hear about his first Summit presentation, and he was talking about his path to becoming a presenter (I’ll let him share that story).

So when I read about today’s TSQL Tuesday, I realized I should chime in 🙂

I’ve written about presenting before:

There’s a lot of information in those posts.  I re-read all of them, and everything still rings true.  What can I add that’s new?  A note about comfort.

For some of my presentations, I have gotten to the point where I am incredibly comfortable with the material.  This comes with having presented the content many, many times, and a lot of real-world experience.  But I don’t ever let the material, or my delivery of it, get stale.  I am constantly tweaking my demos and often my slides.  Rarely do I re-write something entirely, but I will change the order of slides because I think of a better way to present a concept.  I will add something to a demo based on a question, or because I think it will help solidify what I’m trying to teach.  In short: I don’t stop evolving a presentation.  The core content may be the same, but I can always do better.

Don’t settle, don’t get too comfortable.  It’s not about perfection, it’s about improving.