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Posted Friday, October 18, 2013 9:55 AM


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Steve Jones - SSC Editor (10/18/2013)
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Beatrix, where are you based? There should be a user group near you. There only about once a month, so it's not much of a time commitment unless you decide to get more involved.

John

I'm in London. Thanks for that; I think I signed up for one of those yesterday. I signed up for a few! It's a bit intimidating, but I'm sure the first time is the hardest. You all seem to get a lot out of it.


It is intimidating, but most of us are just regular people. Just excuse yourself, say hi and tell someone your name. Tell them it's your first time and they'll take care of you.


I know it is intimidating. The most I could muster was to attend sessions where you and others from this forum were the speakers at SQLSaturday in Omaha. Maybe next time?
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Posted Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:30 PM


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It's definitely nice to touch people online.


Sounds weird when taken out of context




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Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 1:07 AM
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Beatrix Kiddo (10/18/2013)
Steve Jones - SSC Editor (10/18/2013)
Beatrix Kiddo (10/18/2013)
John Mitchell-245523 (10/18/2013)
Beatrix, where are you based? There should be a user group near you. There only about once a month, so it's not much of a time commitment unless you decide to get more involved.

John

I'm in London. Thanks for that; I think I signed up for one of those yesterday. I signed up for a few! It's a bit intimidating, but I'm sure the first time is the hardest. You all seem to get a lot out of it.


It is intimidating, but most of us are just regular people. Just excuse yourself, say hi and tell someone your name. Tell them it's your first time and they'll take care of you.

I'm going to do it. I'm also going to check back that Nick H and BWFC go to theirs .


I've got to sell it to my boss first but as it means a day out in Manchester he'll probably want to come along too. I'll keep you posted.



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Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 2:24 AM


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BWFC (10/21/2013)
I've got to sell it to my boss first but as it means a day out in Manchester he'll probably want to come along too. I'll keep you posted.


We're working on a bigger more in-depth MSDN article on this front, but if you need a hand on convincing your boss, here are some useful resources for gathering ammunition:
http://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/whyattend.html
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2013/09/how-to-get-your-manager-to-pay-for-training/
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Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 2:34 AM
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Steph Locke (10/21/2013)
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I've got to sell it to my boss first but as it means a day out in Manchester he'll probably want to come along too. I'll keep you posted.


We're working on a bigger more in-depth MSDN article on this front, but if you need a hand on convincing your boss, here are some useful resources for gathering ammunition:
http://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/whyattend.html
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2013/09/how-to-get-your-manager-to-pay-for-training/


Thanks for those. I don't think it'll be a particularly difficult sell though; it's a day out, we're quiet and most importantly, it's free. We're possibly moving sites to a place near where the event is taking place so I could even dress it up as a chance for a CTR on the new building. The only problem is he's not around to ask at the moment.



On two occasions I have been asked, "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
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Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 2:36 AM


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I've got to sell it to my boss first but as it means a day out in Manchester he'll probably want to come along too. I'll keep you posted.


We're working on a bigger more in-depth MSDN article on this front, but if you need a hand on convincing your boss, here are some useful resources for gathering ammunition:
http://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/whyattend.html
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2013/09/how-to-get-your-manager-to-pay-for-training/


Thanks for those. I don't think it'll be a particularly difficult sell though; it's a day out, we're quiet and most importantly, it's free. We're possibly moving sites to a place near where the event is taking place so I could even dress it up as a chance for a CTR on the new building. The only problem is he's not around to ask at the moment.


Great stuff! Always good to double up on reasons to do something
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Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 9:33 AM
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I got a twitter account two years back and have used it just a little. The entire experience was useless.

Maybe it is time to try again.

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Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 9:49 AM


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I got a twitter account two years back and have used it just a little. The entire experience was useless.

Maybe it is time to try again.

M.



You need to have a community of friends to follow and interact with. It's like going to a bar or party where you don't know anyone and don't have common interests. It's not much fun if you don't have something in to talk about.

Twitter is a water cooler in a busy hallway. People walk by and say something and you have a 5 minute conversation with a person, or random people passing through.







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Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 9:54 AM
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Steve Jones - SSC Editor (10/21/2013)
Miles Neale (10/21/2013)
I got a twitter account two years back and have used it just a little. The entire experience was useless.

Maybe it is time to try again.

M.



You need to have a community of friends to follow and interact with. It's like going to a bar or party where you don't know anyone and don't have common interests. It's not much fun if you don't have something in to talk about.

Twitter is a water cooler in a busy hallway. People walk by and say something and you have a 5 minute conversation with a person, or random people passing through.


Problem is that all social media including Twitter is not allowed for those of us who work in some of the areas of government. So at work I cannot even open a session of Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. When I am at home I do not believe I should let the work dominate the day.

I will not address the wisdom of government, but some times a person questions some of these out-of-date rules.

M.



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Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 9:58 AM


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You shouldn't have twitter on all the time. I'd check it 5 minutes a day, maybe see if there's something to interact with, and ignore it the rest of the time. A few periodic checks/posts are all you need to do some networking and meet people.

Of course, I'd say that interacting with people here is the same thing.







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