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Popcorn Networking

A bit of a silly title, but an interesting story. A few weeks back I posted a note about attending TechEd and how popcorn seemed to be a big hit when it was served one afternoon. Last week following the oPASS meeting one of our regulars – Bob Blaydes – asked if I’d like to have popcorn at SQLSaturday #49 this fall. Sure, of course! But what led to this fortuitous question? Turns out he had read the blog post and happened to own a professional quality popcorn machine.



It’s a small win, yet it’s a big win too. Here’s a case of my network working for me, and vice versa. Bob would have volunteered regardless to help out for #49, but now he gets to make a greater contribution for the same effort. We get popcorn at cost, and we’ll try to subsidize that by selling a ‘popcorn sponsorship’ complete with vendor logo on the popcorn bags!

It’s also a lesson to me that I still don’t always know how/when to use my network to best effect.I don’t think it would have been appropriate to send an email to my networking asking ‘do you know anyone that owns a popcorn machine?’, yet I could have mentioned it on the oPASS/SQLSaturday sites at the least. It’s a long shot that it works, yet it’s relatively cheap to ask. It’s also a good case for expanding your network, to increase the chances of finding that one connection.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Steve Jones on 21 July 2010

Now you just need to find a network opportunity that can provide a soda machine, or a keg-erator!

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