What an incredible year it’s been. I kept thinking that I was busy, but I had no idea until I looked at the final numbers (I have a Power BI report that I’ve created to track my activities).
- I delivered 27 sessions at 20 events in 6 countries.
- I created my own Power BI pre-con content and started delivering it.
- I was the lead organizer for a SQL Saturday.
That is considerably more than I thought I would be doing at the start of 2019. When I started to think about what I wanted to do for 2020, I reflected on 2019’s activities and came to the following conclusion: I need to support the local and virtual groups more. As a former local group leader, I understand how hard it is to get speakers, especially in the smaller cities. So I’ve created some goals for 2020.
Goals for 2020
- Speak at more local and virtual user groups.
- Create content for two new sessions.
- Improve my PowerApps skills.
- Write one technical blog post per month.
For the first bullet point, if you are a chapter leader (local or virtual) and would like to have me speak for your group, please reach out. I’m willing to drive up to 6 hours one-way to make this happen. I will also check for local groups when I’m doing personal travel to see if something fits.
The second bullet point, Create content for 2 new sessions, may seem arbitrary, but it’s not. I have two ideas that have been rolling around in my head for the last month or so and it’s about time I get them out of my brain and into something tangible.
The third bullet point, Improve my PowerApps Skills, may seem a bit out of left field, but I did start out as an application developer way back when and I want to get back to that a little bit and PowerApps looks like a great place to start.
The fourth bullet point, Write one technical blog post per month, is something that I’ve been wanted to do for a while, but have never made the time to do it or formalize it. This year I’m putting it on my calendar every month to help keep me accountable.
I hope your 2019 was as productive as you hoped, if not more, and I wish you all the best for 2020.