I’ve always wanted to go to Australia, in fact we have a trip planned for Martin’s 60th birthday in a couple of years. But with all that’s happened in this social distancing world, we’re not sure if it will even be possible by then. So, when SQL Saturday Brisbane (986) decided to go virtual, I jumped at the opportunity to attend and possibly even present. I submitted my sessions and crossed all my fingers and toes. I am excited and honored to announce that I’ve been selected to speak at this event on May 30, 2020!
I will be delivering my Intro to Azure Data Catalog session. I really like this session, so many people have no idea that it exists, let alone what it can do for you. To be able to see the light go on in their eyes during this session is the absolute best. Even though I won’t be able to see their faces, because it’s a virtual event, I am still super excited.
Join me “down under” for what will be a fantastic event with 28 different sessions being offered by some really great presenters. There’s still time to register.
With all our in-person events cancelled for the foreseeable future, I was so excited to find that some community folks are not sitting back and waiting for the social distancing to end in order to have a technical conference. There is a new virtual technical conference created by some wonderful community folks in Europe, called Data Weekender.
I am so excited and humbled to have been selected to speak at this conference. I will be presenting my Data Types Do Matter session on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
If you’re not too busy washing the car in the drive or removing gum from that tangled mess of toddler hair, come join us. I’d love to “see” you. There is still time to register, so what are you waiting for? Register now!
I find it very fitting that my first virtual SQL Saturday will be for Richmond. As some of you know from previous posts, Richmond holds a special place in my technical heart. It is the first SQL Saturday I was ever accepted to speak at three years ago. It was the first SQL Saturday to allow me to do a pre-con. But most importantly, Richmond is where I got to drive a go kart for the very first time in my life. All these firsts are thanks to Wayne Sheffield (B | T). He’s the lead organizer for SQL Saturday Richmond.
I will be presenting my Intro to Azure Data Catalog session. It was a huge hit with our local user group when I presented it back in January this year. If you’re “jones-ing” for a SQL Saturday fix, then get registered and stop on by. There are some great sessions being offered and I’d love to “see” you.
We are living in some very interesting times and the technical conference community is facing some challenges like it never has before. So many in-person events have been postponed or cancelled. For those who are speakers, like myself, this have been very challenging. I have worked from home for over eight years, so the new “norm” is just the same old same old for me. But I used my speaking engagements as a way to connect with others in the tech community on a fairly regular basis. Now that this has been put on hold for who knows how long, I’m having a tough time staying connected.
I am very fortunate that I work in an area that is still very much in high demand and still employed, unlike many others who have been furloughed or laid off. With so many people unemployed now more than ever in the world, many of those folks are contemplating a career change. Thankfully, I have a fellow Data Platform MVP in the US who has partnered with a colleague in Europe to bring a new kind of tech conference to those who are looking to break into the data platform arena. Oh, and it’s virtual – and it’s free! So you don’t have to leave your home and if you are on a tight budget, you don’t have to spend a thing.
I am super excited to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Spokane on March 21, 2020. Not only have I been selected to speak, but I’ve been selected to give a pre-con on Friday, March 20, 2020 as well.
I will be delivering my Power BI Zero to Dashboard pre-con. This is a full day introductory session to Power BI that focuses on: introducing the Power BI eco-system, what it can and cannot do for you; the importance of data cleansing and modeling; and data visualization best practices. My target audience is those that have little to no experience with Power BI, but want to learn more. If this sounds like something you could benefit from you can Register Here.
I am so happy to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Victoria on March 14, 2020. This will be my second time speaking at this event.
I will be delivering my Data Types Do Matter session. I love giving this session, it’s not anything new or sparkly, but it’s so important. Get the data type wrong and you can cause yourself a world of hurt later.
If you’re in the area, stop be and say, “Hello”, I’d love to see you and chat a bit.
I am excited to announce that I have created a new session, Intro to Azure Data Catalog. This has been a long time in the planning and it’s about to be executed for the first time on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. I will be presenting it for our local user group, Triad Microsoft Data Platform User Group (f.k.a. TriadSQL). If you’re in the area, please stop by, I’d love to see you, get your feedback and chat for a bit.
I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Raleigh this Saturday, April 27, 2019. I have been part of the organizing team for this event for the past few years so have never been able to speak (those of you who are fellow organizers know why!). This year we had a last minute cancellation of an afternoon session, so I decided to step up and fill the slot.
I will be presenting my What is Power BI? session at 2:30pm. If you’re in Raleigh with some time on your hands, stop by and say, “Hello”, I’d love to see you. You can also check out some other great sessions as well, we still have registration slots available.
I am so excited to announce that I have been accepted as a speaking mentor on SpeakingMentors.com!
I struggled for so many years with my fear of public speaking and now is my chance to help someone who may have those same fears. Huge Thank You goes out to Alex Yates (Twitter | LinkedIn) for creating SpeakingMentors.com. You can read the full story about how this came here.
I’m really looking forward to being able to help others achieve their public speaking goals.