Education is (They said) key, in fact. We as a technical community apparently agree with Them, because we’ve devoted countless hours to writing and reading blogs, articles, books, abstracts, bios, and technical sessions. We’ve spent even more hours attending those sessions at user group meetings, conferences, and webinars. Hell, some of us even make podcasts and web shows out of this stuff.
It’s not everyone that even knows these things exist. Employees don’t know about SQL Saturdays, attendees don’t know about user groups, members don’t know about valuable free online training. There’s obviously no shame in that – there are only so many websurfing hours in the day. But, friends and neighboreenos, I do believe we can do better.
You clearly care enough about what you do to get online and read up on it a bit – after all, you’re here, aren’t you? So share the love.
(Or is that “lunches and learn”?) It takes the tiniest bit of bravery to stand up, my fellow tech nerdling, and say, “Hey guys, I’ve got this great video on [subject that workmates need training on]…let’s snag a conference room for lunch Friday!” But it’s worth it, and you’ll likely find yourself a hero to at least one training-starved soul on your team.
I just started a brand new job, and I had four different people ask me questions on the same topic the first week I arrived. So I found a great video from SQLLunch.com (one of many fine free resources), scheduled a lunch and learn on it for the following Friday, and we had a great time. There were even gasps of wonder (I’m not at all kidding) during the presentation, and everyone chatted excitedly after the show was through.
In real life, I get my content at the PASS Summit once a year, SQL Saturdays once every couple of months, and local user group meetings monthly. I get the DVDs from PASS, and there are often recordings and downloads from SQL Saturdays and user group meetings.
As far as video and webinars go, the sky’s the limit:
Articles and blogs are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Here are a few places I tend to go again and again:
So there you go. Now that I’ve taught you to fish, you can feed yourself for a lifetime. You’re welcome. Also: Thank you, Them, for your sage advice!
(Also-also: Feel free to post your favorite tech content sources…your list will most definitely differ from mine!)