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Update on PASS Selection

I received my notification from the PASS Program Committee on Friday evening, and found out that I will not be speaking at the PASS summit this year.  It’s a little disappointing but not entirely surprising; it’s only been in the past year or so that I’ve committed to speaking professionally, and there are many others who submitted sessions who are far more experienced at speaking than I.  To that end, I’d rather have the bar set very high, even if it excludes me for this year, to maintain the quality of the material and presenters at the PASS summit.

I do appreciate that the Program Committee now offers feedback for the sessions that are not selected.  Mine was marked as “Insufficient speaker experience”, which sounds like a bummer but it’s good information and something I can work on between now and next year’s selection.

In the meantime, I’m adding more speaking engagements to my agenda.  I’m speaking this week at the North Texas SQL Server User Group meeting, and I’m going to submit sessions to one (or perhaps both) of the SQL Saturday events coming up in August.

So for this November, I’ll simply be an attendee/volunteer at the PASS Summit, and will continue to accumulate outside engagements to build my street cred for next year’s selection.

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over thirteen years of data management experience. He is the founder and principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at @Tim_Mitchell.


Posted by AspiringGeek on 15 June 2009

Be careful what you ask for--it can be rewarding yet replete with challenges.  The collective, finite wisdom of those on the Selection Committee have rejected me in the past as well.  Why O Why must we suffer so for the inadequacies of the rest of the human race?  Seriously, I imagine that the Committee has their hands full--it must be a tough job.  Better luck next year & good luck with your other speaking gigs!

Posted by Steve Jones on 15 June 2009

Sorry to hear you won't be speaking at PASS. Hopefully I'll get to see you at another SQL event.

Posted by Brad M. McGehee on 16 June 2009

I'm sure that next year you will have plenty of speaking experience. You are making a great investment in time and money speaking at local events, and I am sure it will pay off in the long run.

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