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Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Activities

Recently I presented two sessions at SQL Saturday #43 in Redmond, WA. The night prior to the event, many of the presenters had dinner together at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Redmond. One of the other presenters asked me why I was presenting. He wanted to know what I was promoting. In truth, I wasn’t promoting anything. My reply was, “Well, I guess I just enjoy doing it.”

I wasn’t promoting a book (though I had one come out last October), a product, or a company. I guess you could say that I was promoting myself, but that wasn’t really why I was there. I was presenting because I like doing it. I do presentations at work regularly, but those are internal presentations for small audiences, many of whom SQL Server is not their primary focus. I enjoy those, but not as much as I had enjoyed presenting at SQL Saturday the previous year. I feel passionate about SQL Server, and I enjoy sharing that passion with others who are passionate about it as well. I enjoy sharing my passion with those that are new to SQL Server and are still developing a passion of their own.

Being the totally selfish person that I am, I decided that I needed more extracurricular activities like this. I have several things lined up for the near future. Here are the things I have planned that I’m allowed to talk about.

1.       I’m hosting this month’s TSQL Tuesday – a monthly blogging event created by Adam Machanic (Blog|@AdamMachanic) – official announcement coming soon

2.       I will be serving on the faculty of SQL University for two courses in the next two weeks:

·         Degree Seeker (certification) Week (week of 7/5)

·         Advanced Troubleshooting Week (week of 7/12)

3.       I’m writing an article for an upcoming issue of SQL Server Standard Magazine from SQL PASS

4.       I will be presenting to the West Michigan SQL Server User Group/SQL PASS Chapter on July 27th at 6:45 PM Eastern Time/ 3:45 PM Pacific Time via Live Meeting. Topic will be Advanced Tuning

Additionally, I’m launching an internal event at work called SQL Luncheon. This will be a monthly event hosted by members of the PQO Operations SQL V-Team and geared towards Operations Engineers and other technical workers who work with SQL Server but are not DBA’s or SQL Developers. There will be a 15 minute presentation on a focused topic followed by a 15 minute Q&A session where any SQL Server topic can be covered. The topic for July will be “Recovery Models: What are they? Which one should I use?”.

There is also one other extracurricular activity that I’m not allowed to discuss yet. Mum’s the word.



Posted by Timothy Ford on 4 July 2010

Thanks for presenting for us this month Robert.  I would have been taken aback by that question.  Most SQL speakers I know *do* it for the community; not to promote a book, project, or product unless it's their job to do so.  It's what separates the SQL Community from so many others.

Posted by Robert L Davis on 4 July 2010

Thanks Tim!! I added the topic to the WMSSUG presentation above.

Posted by MergeC on 4 July 2010

I agree with Tim.  I would have been taken aback as well.  The SQL Community is unlike any other.  I am amazed with the generosity of all those that make it great.  Keep up the great involvement.  Hope to run into you at PASS Summit.

Posted by Steve Jones on 4 July 2010

Wow, you certainly are busy. Thanks for your efforts in the community.

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